April 14, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The University of Houston women's tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 7-0 shutout over Grambling State on Saturday afternoon at the Lady Techster Tennis Complex.
The Cougars claimed their fourth-straight win and the seventh victory in the last eight contests to improve to 13-7 overall. In Houston's final seven victories, the Cougars outscored their opponents by a 43-6 margin. Houston also locked up its 10th-straight winning season and the eighth consecutive under head coach John Severance.
"Building up momentum heading into the postseason was our goal and we achieved that," Severance said. "We've seen some good competition and it gave us time to make adjustments and step it up before the conference tournament. We're looking forward to playing our opening opponent on Thursday."
The Houston duo of Giorgia Pozzan and Celia Fraser opened doubles play with an 8-0 shutout over Grambling's Shaw and Kassim at the top position to improve to 6-1 together this spring while Liselot Koenen and Laura Ring cruised past Rodriguez and Wetheriu by a score of 8-1 to improve to 11-2 and clinch the opening point.
Pozzan, a senior from Lacchiarella, Italy, wrapped up the 2012 regular season with her team-leading 15th win in a 6-0, 7-6 victory over Rodriguez at the top position.
Fraser tallied her 12th win of the spring after Stephenson retired with an injury, while Koenen topped Shaw by a score of 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 position to improve to 13-7 in her freshman season.
Charlotte Phillips cruised past Kassim at the No. 4 spot by a score of 6-1, 6-0 to reach the 10-win mark, while Maja Kazimieruk improved to 14-4 in dual play with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Wetheriu at the No. 5 position.
The Cougars were scheduled to close the regular season at St. Edward's on Sunday but the match has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. Houston will open the 2012 Conference USA Championship on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn.
Houston 7, Grambling State 0
1. Pozzan/Fraser (UH) def. Shaw/Kassim (GSU), 8-0
2. Koenen/Ring (UH) def. Rodriguez/Wetheriu (GSU), 8-1
3. Phillips/Kazimieruk (UH) won by default
1. Giorgia Pozzan (UH) def. Rodriguez (GSU), 6-0, 7-6
2. Celia Fraser (UH) def. Stephenson (GSU), 1-0, ret.
3. Liselot Koenen (UH) def. Shaw (GSU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Charlotte Phillips (UH) def. Kassim (GSU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Wetheriu (GSU), 6-0, 6-0
6. Laura Ring (UH) won by default