HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar Women's Tennis team closed out the regular season with a 5-2 win over Stephen F. Austin in front of its home fans at the Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility, on Thursday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Doubles play began with the Cougars having to forfeit at the No. 3 position due to injuries to freshmen Tsveta Dimitrova and Cristina Rovira. However, the Cougars would respond with wins at each of the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions to take the point.
The Cougars picked up their first win of the day after junior Ana Glumac and freshman Constandena Nicolaou teamed at the No. 2 position to defeat Sian Payne and Darinka Tiboldi 6-3 to even the score. The victory was the third this season for the duo.
The final doubles match between junior Sveva Mazzari and freshman Lauren Alter against Denise Maxl and Gabi Guilarte went down to the wire with the match eventually being tied at 5 apiece. The Cougars would go on to win the next two games and take the match 7-5 to earn the first point. Mazzari and Alter tallied their ninth win of the season.
Singles play also began with the Cougars forfeiting at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions due to Dimitrova and Rovira's injuries, putting the Lumberjacks ahead 2-1.
Houston would respond and even the score with a win from Glumac at the No. 3 singles position. Glumac rolled over Payne in straight-sets, taking a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The win for Glumac was her sixth this spring.
The Cougars would reclaim the lead at 3-2 when Mazzari defeated Maxl at the No. 1 singles position. Mazzari opened the match with a 6-3 win in set one before returning to take set two 6-3 as well. The victory for Mazzari gives her a team-leading 10 wins this season.
Houston clinched the match with its third singles victory of the day from Nicolaou at the No. 4 position. Nicolaou picked up her eighth victory of the season by defeating Liza Aginskaya 6-2, 6-4.
With the match in hand, Alter battled to a victory in the closest match of the day. She claimed the first set 6-4, before dropping set two to Tiboldi 6-4 to even the match. In the super tiebreaker, Alter left no doubt, cruising to a 10-3 win to take the match and push the score to 5-2.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston will travel to Orlando, Fla., to compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship from April 19-22. The Cougars will look to improve on their 2016 performance which saw them reach the tournament semifinals.
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