HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Tennis team fell 4-2 to American Athletic Conference opponent Memphis on Saturday, at the Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cougars started the day short-handed after freshman Tsveta Dimitrova was forced to miss the match due to an injury. The Tigers wrapped the first point of the match with a 6-3 win from Katherine Cao and Anki Wind over Ana Glumac and Cristina Rovira at the No. 1 doubles position.
With the doubles point already decided, Houston picked up a win at the No. 2 doubles position when freshman Lauren Alter and junior Sveva Mazzari defeated Gabrielle Paul and Josephine Cao 6-4. The win for the duo is a team-leading sixth on the season.
The Tigers picked up another point to open singles play with a forfeit at No. 6 singles due to Dimitrova’s injury, making the score 2-0.
Memphis scored its third point of the afternoon at the No. 2 singles position, when Sohn defeated Rovira. Sohn won the first set 6-1, before clinching the match with a 6-3 win in the second set to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Tigers.
The Cougars earned their first point of the match with a win from Alter at the No. 3 singles position. Alter jumped ahead of Paul 6-3 and settled the match with a 6-4 win in the second set. The victory pushed the score to 3-1 Memphis, and was the seventh singles win of the season for Alter.
The Cougars pulled the score within one at 3-2 with a win from Sveva Mazzari at the No. 1 singles position. Mazzari fell behind in the match after losing 6-1 in the first set, but evened the score with a 6-1 win of her own in the second set. Mazzari left no doubt in the final set, clinching the point and the match with a 6-3 win to tally her team-leading ninth win this season.
With the match on the line, Ana Glumac and Katherine Cao were locked in a tight match at the No. 5 singles position. Cao and Glumac battled to a 6-6 tie in the first set forcing a tiebreaker, however Cao took the tiebreaker 7-5 to grab the advantage. The Tiger picked up the winning point for her team with a 6-4 win in the second set to make the score 4-2.
Constandena Nicolaou led Marta Morga 6-3, 2-6, 2-1 at the No. 4 singles position when play was halted.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars embark on their final road trip of the regular season when they head west to Utah. Houston faces the University of Utah on March 23 at 2:30 p.m. CT, before meeting BYU on March 25 at 11 a.m., CT.
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