Women's tennis defeats Rice University 4-3

Feb. 14, 2009

The Wildcats defeated 69 ranked Rice University 4-3 on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. The game was decided by the final singles match of the day with freshman Sarah Landsman, defeating Rebecca Lin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the No. 4 position. Senior Danielle Steinberg continued with her win streak in singles with a win against Julie Chao 6-0, 6-2, and is now 4-0 in the spring season.

In the No. 5 spot, sophomore Jane Huh defeated Varsha Shiva-Shankar 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and in the No. 3, freshman Natasha Marks defeated Jessica Jackson 6-2, 6-1.

'We did really well in singles, and I'm especially proud of Jane because she hasn't played singles very often this year,' Said head coach Vicky Maes, 'I'm also proud of Sarah, who was the last one to play today, and her match decided the game for us. She did a great job in stepping up and getting that win.'

In doubles, all three games went to Rice, with junior Claire Rietsch and Natasha Marks falling to Chao and Ana Guzman 8-7. Steinberg and Landsman lost to Jackson and Shiva-Shankar 8-4, and junior Ariane Masschelein and Jane Huh lost to Rebecca Lin and Alex Rasch 8-3.

'We did not come out in doubles this weekend, losing the point two games in a row. It means that we're going to have to step up a lot in singles if we're going to win future matches.' Said Maes.

Up next, the Wildcats continue their five game road trip in San Diego, California to take on San Diego State on Friday, February 20 at 2 p.m. PT. On Saturday the Wildcats will take on University of San Diego at noon PT.

Full Results

Doubles1. Chao/Guzman RU def. Marks/Rietsch UA 8-7

2. Jackson/Shiva-Shankar RU def. Steinberg/Landsman UA 8-4

3. Lin/Rasch RU def. Masschelein/Huh UA 8-3Singles

1. Steinberg UA def. Chao RU 6-0, 6-2

2. Guzman RU def. Masschelein UA 6-2, 6-3

3. Marks UA def. Jackson RU 6-2, 6-1

4. Landsman UA def. Lin RU6-2, 3-6, 6-4

5. Huh UA def. Shiva-Shankar RU 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

6. Rasch RU def. Castany UA 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

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