Thursday, April 18, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 133


Tennis falls to Rice, prepares for C-USA play

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH women's tennis team couldn't quite pull out a victory over Rice on Tuesday afternoon, falling 4-3 to its cross-town rivals in its last match of the season.

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Junior Analia Longoni won a three-set match against Rice's junior Jeri Gonzales. The Cougars lost the dual match 4-3.

Senior Sarah Borwell was again forced to sit out the match as she recovers from mononucleosis.

For three Houston seniors, the match was the last of their careers. Borwell was forced to sit out, but Jo Keene and Kailey Meisinger gave their all in the
last regular-season match of their collegiate careers.

The match was also the last for three Rice seniors. Natalie Briaud, Judith Hagedorn and Kylie Wallis played their last regular-season matches for the

Junior Jen Baccarani and senior Jo Keene won their match at the No. 1 singles position 8-6 over Rice junior Jeri Gonzales and freshman Erika

At No. 2 singles, junior Analia Longoni and senior Kailey Meisinger fell 8-4 to the Rice duo of sophomore Annie Goodrich and senior Judith Hagedorn.

The Cougars were again forced to forfeit the No. 3 doubles, not having enough healthy players to play three doubles matches.

Since the Cougars lost two of the three doubles matches, Rice won the doubles point, which proved to be the margin of victory in the contest.

Baccarani won her match in straight sets with little trouble. The junior from Canada beat Rice senior Natalie Briaud 6-3, 6-1.

Keene also prevailed easily. She beat Yasmin Fisher 6-2, 6-2.

Longoni dominated in three sets over the Owls' Gonzales. Longoni came back after losing the first set 5-7, winning the second 6-2. The third set was
shortened since all other matches were already over, and Longoni won a 10-6 tiebreaker.

Meisinger lost her match at the No. 4 spot, falling to Rice's Hagedorn.

Freshman Kandace Ridgeway lost her match at the No. 5 spot to Goodrich.

This weekend the team will participate in the Conference USA championships. Texas Christian will play host to the event Thursday through Sunday in
Fort Worth.

Houston, the fourth seed in the tournament, will face No. 13 seed Charlotte in the first round Thursday at 12 p.m. Should the heavily-favored Cougars
win, they will likely face Tulane in the second round Friday.

Earlier this season, the Cougars lost to Tulane 4-3 in New Orleans.

Borwell will likely participate in the NCAA championships to be held May 16-25 in Palo Alto, Calif. She is currently the No. 21 player in the country, which
should be high enough to ensure a spot in the championships. Stanford will be the host school for the event.

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