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Volume 68, Issue 117, Monday, March 24, 2003

Sports

UH streak ends at three

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

To freshman Kami Miller, New Orleans wasnit so tough. To the rest of the Cougar tennis squad, the Big Easy did not live up to its name.

Miller had the Cougarsi only singles win ­ a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Ana Santoro in the No. 4 spot ­ and paired with Ani Longoni in No. 2 doubles for an 8-6 win.



Freshman Kami Miller earned the Cougarsi only singles win against New Orleans as the team lost 6-1 to end a three-match winning streak.

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But that was the extent of UHis drive as it fell to UNO 6-1 Friday in its third consecutive home match, ending a three-game streak.

"I just played tough and broke my opponent down," Miller said. "I was able to stay consistent throughout the match and make smart plays."

The Cougars (8-7, 1-2 in Conference USA) did not go down quietly against the Privateers. With three matches sent into tie-breakers, including a 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 marathon between Miranda Foley and UNOis Julie Mazinova in No. 2 singles, the teams were neck-and-neck all afternoon. 

But the Cougars were without two starters on Friday ­ Sarah Flood, who is still coping with an injured hip, and Yolandi Terblanche, who will have elbow surgery in April ­ and their absence made the difference for UH.

"If we had been fully staffed, we would have won," coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We were saving Flood and Terblanche for Saturdayis match against Rice. We wanted them at full strength and couldnit afford to use them against New Orleans."

The forces of nature foiled Hydeis plans when the Rice match was rescheduled because of rain.

UH has won six out of its last eight matches, improving from a 2-5 season start, and does not look at Fridayis loss as much of a blemish as it nears C-USA Tournament time in April.

"Of course any loss is tough," Hyde said. "But this match wasnit the only thing on our minds. We were concentrating on Rice and the conclusion of our season."

With only four matches left to play ­ Sam Houston on Wednesday, Texas Tech on April 5, Tulane on April 6 and Rice on April 9 ­ the Cougars do not plan to let Fridayis setback affect their sparkling regular-season play.

"We have home-court advantage in all of our matches until the conference tournament," Terblanche said. "We can still be fired up after the wins we did have (Friday) and finish out the season hot like weive been."

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