April 5, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - With the regular season winding down, the University of Houston women's tennis team traveled to Tulsa, Okla., and split its matches today, knocking off Oral Roberts, 5-0, in the morning but falling to #52 Tulsa, 7-0, in the afternoon. The Cougars stand at 12-9, 0-3 in Conference USA play this season heading into their 2008 road finale versus North Texas in Tulsa tomorrow morning.
"I felt we competed well (against Tulsa)," UH head coach John Severance said. "The doubles point could have given us a spark but unfortunately it did not carry over to singles play. The score (against Tulsa) was not indicative of how close some of the matches were. I would like to play them down in Houston in 85 degrees on our courts
"Against Oral Roberts, I was pleased with how the team came out and executed from the beginning. It was a good, solid win for us."
In the morning match versus the Golden Eagles, the Cougars began their morning dominance by dropping just five games in winning the point. Jordan McCombs and Lynley Wasson crushed Tayler Pippen and Whitney Johnson, 8-0, while Lucy Forward and Leila Salek bounced Rafaela Souza and Emily Arkell, 8-1. The #2 doubles pair of Joanna Kacpryzk and Vicky Simpson finished off ORU's tandem of Hayden Rush and Anna Costa, 8-4.
In singles Forward knocked off Arkell, 6-2, 6-0 at #1, Salek polished off Rush, 6-1, 6-2 at #2, Simpson blasted past Costa, 6-1, 6-2, at #5 and Kacpryzk rocked Langston, 6-1, 6-2, at #6. Both Leila Starratt (#3) and Wasson (#4) were leading in their matches before both were unfinished.l