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Volume 68, Isssue 106, Friday, February 28, 2003


Cougar kittens reign supreme

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

"Tribulation produces patience, and patience, experience, and experience, hope, and hope exists eternally"

 -- Romans 5:3

After facing their fair share of trials this season, the Cougars -- equipped with undying hope and all that comes with it -- will tuck last weekis reassuring 6-1 win over McNeese State under their belts and play host to Texas-El Paso at 2 p.m. today and Southwest Texas at 1 p.m. Saturday.

"Weire just really seeing our young players take steps up," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "Steps in a positive direction. They are improving daily, and thatis what we like to see."

Freshman Miranda Foley really is taking a step in a positive direction. The only player to win a match for UH against A&M last weekend, Foley also defeated McNeeseis Debora Montero to improve her individual record to 4-4 on the season.

"Miranda is doing awesome this season," Hyde said. "She is concentrating and placing the ball well and really giving our team some support."

Still, Foley is not the only fish making waves for UH. Fellow freshman Yolandi Terblanche beat McNeeseis Mirina Gando 6-0, 6-2, and gave the Cougars their only win in a 6-1 loss to Conference USA opponent Texas Christian earlier this month.

"With youth comes inexperience and sometimes this can hurt us," Hyde said. "Itis great to see the girls making improvements."

UH is starting to make strides in doubles play as well. The Cougars swept McNeese in the pairs bracket and put up a strong performance against No. 31 A&M last weekend.

"We just work hard to do our best," said senior Ani Longoni, who teamed with junior Karine Uribin for a 9-7 win over McNeeseis Magali Risoleo and Gando. "Weive been working on placing the ball and lots of fitness, things that will get us ready for (coming matches)."

But the Miners (2-4, 0-1 in the Western Athletic Conference) are clinging to a little hope themselves coming off a 5-2 win over Northern Arizona. UTEP swept the doubles point and won four more matches with the help of Kendall Exelby, who played at the No. 1 spot in singles and doubles.

"We like playing teams from all conferences because it gives us more exposure to various playing styles," Longoni said.

And the Cougars will expose themselves to new experiences again when they face the Southland Conferenceis Southwest Texas on Saturday.

The Bobcats (2-3) have won two consecutive matches, defeating A&M-Corpus Christi, 4-3, and Texas-Pan American, 7-0, last weekend. SWTis sweep of UTPA was its first of the season.

After this weekendis matches, the Cougars will spend Spring Break in Florida, taking on C-USA opponent South Florida on Tuesday and Central Florida on March 7.

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