Day One of Cougar Fall Draw in the Books

    Junior Neila Starratt won both her matches in the Flight B Singles bracket on Friday.
    Junior Neila Starratt won both her matches in the Flight B Singles bracket on Friday.
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    Nov. 7, 2008

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston tennis team competed it first action of the fall on its home courts with a successful first day at the Cougar Fall Draw on Friday at John E. Hoff Courts.

    On the singles side of the bracket, the Cougars fared well by going a combined 9-3 on the day with seniors Vicky Simpson and Jordan McCombs along with junior Neila Starratt leading the way by each winning both their matches during on Friday in Flight B of the singles portion of the event.

    In Flight A of the singles draw, sophomores Joanna Kacprzyk and Laura Ring each open the day with a win - Kacprzyk winning her first round match 7-5, 6-2 while Ring defeated Sam Houston State's Giorgia Pozzan 6-2, 6-4. The pair could not continue their first round success later in the day as both fell in the second round.

    Sophomore Lucy Forward posted a win in the consolidation round of the Flight A Singles bracket, downing SHSU's Eleonora Kuruc, 6-1, 5-7 (11-9).

    The Cougars were also successful in the doubles side of the bracket, with the UH tandems of Simpson/Starratt, Wasson/Kacprzyk and Ring/Young all turning up winners.

    The action will continue at the tournament at 9 a.m. on Saturday before the event concludes on Sunday.

    Singles Flight A - Round One
    Kacprzyk (UH) def. Hernandez (Lee) - 7-5, 6-2
    Ring (UH) def. Pozzan (SHSU) - 6-2, 6-4

    Singles Flight A - Round Two
    Sotnikova (SHSU) def Kacprzyk (UH) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
    Lee (Lee) def. Ring (UH) - 6-3, 6-2

    Singles Flight A Consolidation
    Forward (UH) def. Kuruc (SHSU) - 6-1, 5-7 (11-9)

    Singles Flight B - Round One
    Simpson (UH) def. Lee (USM) - 6-3, 6-3
    Young (UH) def. Vujosevic (SHSU) - 6-2, 6-2
    McCombs (UH) def. Bihorac (MSU) - 6-2, 6-0
    Starratt (UH) def. Rogers (USM) - 6-2, 6-0



    Singles Flight B - Round One
    Simpson (UH) def. Efimenko (MSU) - 6-1, 6-0
    Dadot (SELU) def. Young (UH) - 7-5, 5-7, 7-5

    McCombs (UH) def. Martirosyan (SHSU) - 7-5, 6-1
    Starratt (UH) def. Manzur (SHSU) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

    Doubles Flight A- Round One
    Simpson/Starratt (UH) def. Lee/Rogers (USM) - 8-5
    Wasson/Kacprzyk (UH) def. Dadot/Longoria (SELU) - 8-5
    Ring/Young (UH) def. Efimenko/Gudelj (MSU) - 8-5

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