HOUSTON – The regular season is in the books, and the seedings have been set for the American Athletic Conference Championship, where the Houston Cougar Women’s Tennis team will compete as the No. 9 seed against No. 8 UCF on Wednesday at 11 a.m., CT, at the USTA National Campus on the campus in Orlando, Florida.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston wrapped regular season play with a 10-12 overall record after defeating Stephen F. Austin 5-2 on Thursday.
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Houston Stuns UCF at American Championships
The No. 5 seed Houston Women's Tennis team made an impressive debut in its first match at The American Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday, defeating No. 4 seed UCF, 4-0 in Memphis, Tenn.
Junior Sveva Mazzari, who finished with a 10-7 record, led the Cougars throughout spring play. Freshman Lauren Alter ranked second on the team in wins with nine, while freshman Tsveta Dimitrova tallied eight wins in her rookie season.
Alter and Mazzari teamed throughout the season to be Houston’s top doubles squad, boasting a 10-7 record after picking up a 7-5 victory at the No. 1 doubles position over Denise Maxl and Gabi Guilarte of SFA, on Thursday. Dimitrova has teamed with freshman Cristina Rovira and junior Ana Glumac to pick up three wins playing with each partner, while Glumac and freshman Constandena Nicolaou also won three.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
UCF enters the American Conference Championships with a 12-8 record during the regular season, and a 0-4 record against conference opponents.
Individually, Cortney Cesarini who posted a 15-4 record during spring play has led the Knights. Monica Matias ranks second on the team with 14 singles wins, while Emilia Granstrom and Elizabeth Bagerbaseh posted double-digit victories at 13 and 10, respectively.
UCF has fielded just three doubles teams throughout the season including the duo of Granstrom and Natalia Serrano who hold a 14-5 record in 2017. Cesarini and Matias rank second on the team with a 13-3 record.
Houston and UCF will meet for the first time since April 21, 2016. Playing as the No. 5 seed the Cougars swept the No. Knights 4-0 to advance to the semifinal round of 2016 American Championships.
Wednesday, April 19 - First Round
Match 1: No. 10 Temple vs. No. 7 USF - 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT
Match 2: No. 11 UConn vs. No. 6 East Carolina - Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Match 3: No. 9 Houston vs. No. 8 UCF - Noon ET /11 a.m. CT
Thursday, April 20 - Quarterfinals
Match 4: Winner of Match 3 vs. No. 1 Tulsa – Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Match 5: No. 5 Memphis vs. No. 4 Cincinnati - Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Match 6: Winner of Match 2 vs. No. 3 SMU - 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Match 7: Winner of Match 1 vs. No. 2 Tulane - 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Friday, April 21 - Semifinals
Match 8: Winner of Match 4 vs. Winner of Match 5 - 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Match 9: Winner of Match 6 vs. Winner of Match 7 - 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 22 - Final
Match 10: Winner of Match 8 vs. Winner of Match 9 - 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
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Live stats for the entire 2017 American Athletic Conference Tennis Championships will be made available via Tennis Ticker. Fans can access the live stats for each match by clicking HERE.
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The Cougars are proud to introduce the Center Court Club, a restricted-giving program that directly impacts the needs of the University of Houston Tennis program. Gifts to the Center Court Club provide financial support directly to the University of Houston Tennis program for needs beyond the program's operating budget. Revenue generated from the Center Court Club is used at the discretion of the head coach for program enhancements. Membership in the Center Court Club is annual and requires a minimum $100 gift.
LEVELS OF GIVING
For a minimum gift of $100, supporters receive a team poster and a signed tennis ball.
For a minimum gift of $500, supporters receive a team poster and a signed tennis ball, private practice invitation and a stadium blanket.
For a minimum gift of $1,000, supporters receive a team poster and a signed tennis ball, private practice invitation, a stadium blanket, fleece jacket and a lesson from the coach.
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