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Volume 68, Issue 102, Monday, February 24, 2003

Sports

Coogs rope Cowgirls, Flood plays in singles

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

After a tough 6-1 loss to No. 31 Texas A&M on Saturday, UH tennis needed something to snap its three-game losing streak and build some much-needed confidence.

Just as the rodeo hit town this weekend, the Cougars rounded up what the doctor ordered -- Cowgirls.

UH found its game at home against McNeese State on Sunday, notching a 6-1 victory over the Cowgirls in a make-up match originally scheduled earlier in the month.

"Weire just so excited about this win," said Jennifer Hyde. The team improved to 3-5 on the season, 0-1 in Conference USA. "It was not only big because we won, it was big because Sarah Flood took her first match back in singles."

Flood, who until now competed in only doubles, made her singles debut against McNeeseis Allison Lui, winning 6-1, 6-3, and also paired with Kami Miller in her field of expertise for a 6-2 win over doubles team Carolanne Lumsden and Kara Loubser.

"Floodie competes as hard as anyone I have ever seen," Hyde said. "We are a better team because of her."

Freshman Miranda Foley had UHis only win Saturday, a 6-4, 7-6 decision over A&Mis Roberta Spencer, and also pulled off a victory over Debora Montero, 6-1, retired.

"This is a case of a freshman stepping up big time," Hyde said. "She had huge matches and gained some great experience."

Senior Ani Longoni helped heighten her teamis skill level with a 7-5, 6-4 win over McNeeseis Neolia Furno. 

"Weive really been working on placing the ball in practice," Longoni said. "Weive boosted our confidence level. I think we all think we can win, now we just work on executing and doing it right."

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