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Sunday, October 1, 2023


Houston hangs tough at home

The Cougars remain strong on John E. Hoff Courts, dropping only one match at home against McNeese State on Monday.

The Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 6-1, winning their last four games at home to improve their overall record to 6-4.

Houston freshman Lucy Forward and junior Jordan McCombs took the 8-2 win against McNeese senior Meri Gol Alamo and sophomore Victoria Martinez in the doubles No. 1 competition.

Cougar netters duo junior Lynley Wasson and freshman Joanna Kacprzyk, whose victory against Northwestern State on Sunday helped the Cougars win the doubles point, stomped out McNeese’s freshman Maria del Rocio Frausto Cornish and sophomore Petra Gudelj 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

Junior Vicky Simpson and senior Leila Salek defeated McNeese senior Natascha Jongeneel and sophomore Inga Efimenko in the No. 3 doubles match 8-5 to complete the Cougar sweep.

"We had solid doubles matches that set the tone for the singles matches," UH head coach John Severance said.

Although Forward fell short to Alamo 7-5, 6-1 at number one singles, her doubles partner, McCombs, overpowered Efimenko in the No. 6 singles match 6-3, 6-1.

Meanwhile, senior Salek dropped no points to Jongeneel, winning consecutive sets 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles. Sophomore Neila Starratt steadied her way to a victory over Martinez 6-4, 6-4. Houston’s Kacprzyk trampled Frausto 6-0, 6-1, and Wasson won consecutive sets against Gudelj 6-1, 6-2 to give the Cougars the 5-1 edge in the singles competition.

The Cougars look to stay as competitive on the road as they have been at home in their games this weekend. Houston travels to Louisiana on Saturday to take on Louisiana Tech and continues its road trip to Dallas to face Southern Methodist.

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