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
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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,
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.
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.