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Volume 70, Issue 77, Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Sports

Only the beginning

Tennis team looks to build on success of fall season

By Jordan Overturf
The Daily Cougar

As the UH tennis team gets ready for the 2005 spring season, it looks to build upon the success of this fall season. With only six players on the roster, the team accounted for fifty wins in singles, five tournament titles, including the number one doubles team in the final tournament.

"This was the best fall season in the past four years I have been here," UH head coach John Severance said.

Senior Biljana Dimovska ranks in the top 30 of the region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Junior Kami Miller with her doubles partner senior Diana Martin and freshman Tiffany McLoughlin with her partner junior Yolandi Terblanche ranked in the top fifteen by ITA for doubles teams in the region. Miller was also the recipient of a Conference USA player of the month award this past fall.

"The fall was designed around singles discipline with an emphasis on doubles," Severance said.

The team recorded a .714 win percentage for 2004, the third-highest in the team's 27 year history.

Leading the team this spring is Dimovska who recorded a combined record of 8-1 against C-USA opponents last season. During the past season she went 12-10 in singles and 13-7 in doubles.

Martin, another strong veteran, breezed through the 2004 Cougar Fall Classic white singles flight, and along with Miller, took the red flight in doubles.

Miller rounds out the team veteran leaders. In the fall Miller won two singles tournament titles for her flight. During the 2003-04 season, she was 19-6 in singles, and she went 7-0 within the conference.

Also returning to the team are Terblanche, who has contributed as a strong doubles player, as well as freshmen Sacha Gumbs and McLoughlin, who together won their flight in the Fall Classic as well.

Joining the team for the spring season is junior Sarah Reimer, a transfer from Mesa Community College in Arizona and true freshman Brianna Bateup from Victoria, Australia.

Reimer finished 2004 ranked No. 6 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II singles and No. 3 in doubles. She helped lead Mesa to a No. 4 national finish. Bateup won the President's singles at the Victorian Grasscourt Championship, represented the state of Victoria in the Reid Cup and was a member of the Western Zone Squad.

With a full roster for the spring season, the tennis team extends their chances for an even more successful season than the fall. The players are talented by themselves, and as team unit they may be able to dominate.

During the first half of the season the team will be at home mostly before a long strand of away matches.

The first match of the season is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts against McNeese State.

"After a long homestand, the girls have an itch to play away; hopefully, the games at home will build their confidence for matches away," Severance said.
 

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