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Volume 68, Issue 109, Wedenesday, March 12, 2003

Sports

UH mines for gold against 49ers

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

Spring Break in Florida isnit always all itis cracked up to be.

Crowded beaches and unending lines of traffic can cause more stress than the classes college students are hoping to forget.

But Spring Break in Florida ended up being productive for UH tennis, as it notched its fourth win in five games, beating Central Florida 4-3 on Friday after dropping its second Conference USA match to South Florida 4-3 on March 4.

The Cougars, who got off to a rocky 2-5 start, have improved to 6-6 on the season, 0-2 in C-USA and will look for their first conference victory when they play the Charlotte 49ers at 2 p.m. today at the John E. Hoff Varsity tennis courts.

Todayis match is the first of seven home games for UH before it heads to the conference tournament in New Orleans in April.

"Weire seeing great competition and improvement on the court," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "The girls come out active and ready to play."

While the Cougars did not gain the doubles point against UCF last week -- with freshmen Miranda Foley and Yolandi Terblanche notching UHis only paired victory, an 8-2 decision over Julie Pecastaing and Amira Samara -- singles play was a different story.

Senior Ani Longoni set the tempo in the No. 1 position with a 5-0 shutout against Anna Westin. Terblanche followed suit, taking her matches 6-2, 6-1, while freshman Kami Miller and sophomore Sarah Flood earned victories in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively.

"Weire strengthening with each match," Flood said. "The more experience we get on the court, the better we will be."

UH hopes to take the momentum it has gained with its recent hot streak into its match against the 49ers. Charlotte (5-6, 1-1 in C-USA) has a little momentum of its own after a 5-2 win over Sam Houston last week.

Led by Lindsay Morris, who secured a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Sam Houstonis Mounia Hassib, Charlotte is 2-3 on the road.

"Conference games are always huge for us," Flood said. "Of course they mean a lot, but we also like to treat them like any other game."

So another game it is. And after todayis matches, the Cougars will continue their home season against Northern Arizona on Tuesday and New Orleans on March 21.

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