HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar Women's Tennis team was handed its first loss of the season in a very close match against Rice on Saturday. With the loss, Houston goes to 8-1 on the season.
Before the match, Rice was coming off an impressive win against Texas A&M, 4-3 on Wednesday.
Houston started out the day strong by clinching the doubles point. Tsveta Dimitrova and Sveva Mazzari continued their dominating season by winning 6-4 against Hodge and Zhang who are currently ranked #17 in the national rankings. They move to a 6-1 record this spring.
Ana Glumac and Constandena Nicolaou clinched the doubles point by winning a gutsy match 7-5. Lauren Alter and Alison Mills' match was unfinished due to the Cougars clinching the doubles point. The match was tied 6-6 at the time.
Rice was quick to answer after dropping the doubles point as they won the first two singles matches. Savannah Durkin defeated Mills in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Lauren Alter also lost in a 6-3, 6-3 match against Haet.
Quickly after, Glumac fell in her match 6-2, 6-2 to Bowtell and Rice took a 3-1 overall lead after three singles matches.
Dimitrova got the Cougars back on track with a 7-5, 6-1 win. She was down 5-2 in the first set and proceeded to build momentum and never look back. This win put the Cougars within one match of tying the score 3-2.
Nicolaou lost in a nail-bitter of a match 4-6, 6-2, 2-6. Prior to today she was 8-0 in singles. This loss clinched the match for Rice.
Mazzari finished the matches for the day with a hard fought and gutsy performance against Zhang with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win. She is 9-0 in singles this spring season and hopes to build on the momentum next week.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars welcome American Conference rival UConn on Friday, Feb. 23 to the Barbara Wallace Winston Facility. First serve is set for 1 pm. On Sunday, Feb. 25, Houston plays host to Northwestern State, and the match is slated for 11 a.m.
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