UH teams land reinforcements
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH women's tennis team has received
unexpected help in the form of two transfers who will play for the Cougars
this spring. The recruits
will bolster an undermanned squad that
has been decimated by injuries.
Analia Longoni is a transfer from Stetson
University in Deland, Fla. The 5-2 junior is originally from Caracas, Venezuela.
At Stetson, she played
extensively in both singles and doubles.
Longoni played No. 2 and No. 3 positions in singles and doubles.
"She's coming in and she'll fit in well
with the team," head coach Jen Hyde said.
Kandace Ridgeway is a local product from
Pasadena High School. The freshman began her collegiate career last fall
at Southern Methodist,
but just transferred to UH.
"Already the chemistry is pretty good (with
the new players)," Hyde said.
UH's Karine Urbin had surgery in December
to repair damage to her right elbow. The injury had bothered Urbin all
last fall. She will sit out the
spring season with a medical redshirt
and should return for the fall season. The junior was a valuable member
of the Cougar squad last spring.
Sophomore Sarah Flood sat out last fall
and will redshirt again this spring. Flood suffered a serious auto accident
Sept. 11 and is recovering at
her home in Reading, England. She will
return to the team in the fall. Last year, she showed great promise in
her freshman campaign. Flood
should be a cornerstone of the team in
the future, assuming she can make a full recovery from her injuries.
Last season the tennis team was plagued
by injuries, at times unable even to field a complete team. With two players
sitting out the spring, the
two new players will be counted on heavily.
The team has a roster of seven players who are able to play this season.
The women's soccer team announced its own
signing Monday. Alison Sinclair, a sophomore transfer from Clemson University,
will play for the
Cougars in the fall.
"She adds speed, athleticism, tackling
ability and great attitude to our defense," head coach Bill Solberg said.
"Her immediate impact on our
program will help our young team to continue
to be competitive in Conference USA and at the national level."
Sinclair, a 5-5 defender from Milwaukee,
Wis., will join fellow Wisconsinites Anne Gasser and Emily Allwardt. Head
Coach Bill Solberg is from
Wisconsin himself and likes to recruit
heavily in that area.
While attending UH, Sinclair will be majoring
in speech and communication.