Thursday, February 7, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 88



Cougars have tough tests in Crimson Tide, Bearcats

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH women's tennis team should see its first real test of the season this weekend when it takes on No. 26 Alabama and Conference USA
opponent Cincinnati.

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Freshman Kandace Ridgeway has been an important addition to the Cougar squad this spring.

The Cougars have jumped out to a 3-0 start on the young season, beating Texas-Pan American, Southwest Texas State, and Texas-San
Antonio. The Cougars had little trouble dispatching these teams.

"This will be our first real test of the season," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "But they're (Alabama) very beatable. Cincinnati is our first
conference match of the year, and every conference match is a huge match."

Cougar senior Sarah Borwell has been on a roll all year, and cruised to three easy victories in her spring matches. Borwell is the No. 8 player
in the nation, and may continue to rise if she keeps winning.

Alabama lost its top player from last year, Emmanuelle Berard, as the French star left the program after just one season. The freshman
sensation was one of only five players to beat Borwell.

The Crimson Tide is now 3-1 on the year, and coming off a loss to No. 11 Washington on Sunday. Alabama's top player is Selia Mathew, the
No. 84 player in the nation.

Cincinnati is just 2-4 on the season. The Bearcats are struggling with some injuries and have not played the same lineup in any of their six
dual matches this year.

Cincinnati's top player is Jen Cappuzi, a junior from Collegeville, Penn. Cappuzi has struggled this year, going 0-6 this spring. Cappuzi
probably will not play well enough to give Borwell serious trouble.

The Bearcats have one Texas native on their roster, freshman Julie Klauk from San Antonio.

Houston will take on Alabama at 11 a.m. Saturday and Cincinnati at 10 a.m. Sunday. Both matches will be at the UH tennis center and are
free to the public.

The Cougars go on a Louisiana swing next weekend as they take on Louisiana State and C-USA foe Tulane.

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