UH women's tennis win streak ends at six

February 24, 2008 10:23:49 AM PST
The University of Houston women's tennis team (8-5) saw its six-match win streak stopped Saturday, as the No. 60 SMU (7-2) posted a 7-0 victory over the Cougars. "Today we competed but we just didn't execute nearly enough," UH head coach John Severance said Saturday. "I thought we needed to win the doubles point to have a chance today. It's disappointing and we need to take advantage of our opportunities."

In doubles action, the Cougars fought hard against the Mustangs but lost all three matches. At No. 1, Lucy Forward and Jordan McCombs fell to Natalia Bubien and Pavi Francis 8-4, while the tandem of Lynley Wasson and Joanna Kacprzyk dropped an 8-3 decision to the 38th-ranked doubles duo of Nicole Briceno and Kseniia Tokarieva. Rounding out doubles action, Leila Salek and Vicky Simpson were defeated by Kristen Reid and Jessica Yanoff 8-4.

The Cougars found the road to victory even tougher in singles action, falling in straight sets in all six matches. Forward dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 1 singles to Bubien, who is ranked 73rd in the nation. Then, Salek lost a 6-1, 6-3 match to Tokarieva at No. 2 singles, Neila Starratt fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to Francis, and Wasson was taken out at No. 4, 6-4, 6-1, by Reid.

Rounding out singles action, Kacprzyk was beaten at No. 5, 6-1, 6-2, by Yanoff, and at No. 6 Simpson fell to Briceno, 6-3, 6-2.

The Cougars will take the next two weeks off before playing host to New Mexico State on March 8 at noon at the John E. Hoff Courts on the UH campus.

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