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Friday, October 18, 2019

Tennis

Watching the wins pile up


Head coach John Severance had a good view for the Cougars’ latest successes. UH snuck past Northwestern State 4-3 on Saturday, and followed that with a 7-0 sweep of UTSA on Sunday. After opening the spring with two losses, the Cougars have bounced back to win their last three by tallies of 7-0, 4-3 and 7-0.  |  Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar

Head coach John Severance had a good view for the Cougars’ latest successes. UH snuck past Northwestern State 4-3 on Saturday, and followed that with a 7-0 sweep of UTSA on Sunday. After opening the spring with two losses, the Cougars have bounced back to win their last three by tallies of 7-0, 4-3 and 7-0. | Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar

After opening the season 0-2, the Cougars have won three straight matches with their latest wins coming this weekend against Northwestern State and UTSA.

The Cougars pulled out the win against Northwestern State in a close 4-3 win that went down to the wire Saturday, while rolling UTSA to the side in a 7-0 rout on Sunday.

“We came out sluggish in doubles but rebounded nicely in singles,” head coach John Severance said.

“The team showed a lot of effort and we’ll take the win.”

After the win on Saturday against the Lady Demons, Severance stressed the importance of winning doubles matches and the Cougars managed to take the doubles point despite the sluggish start.

The duo of Liselot Koenen and Laura Ring continued their success winning 8-3, building off last week’s win.

Sophomore Celia Fraser again engaged in an winner take-all bout against Tatiana Larina, clinching the match 6-2, 6-4.

The Cougars were dominant on Sunday against UTSA.

“We came out and played well in doubles and never really looked back,” Severance said.

“I’m really proud of the whole team today. It’s always good to get a 7-0 win.”

The doubles campaign ended with a 8-4 win by the Cougars’ top duo of Giorgia Pozzan and Bryony Hunter, who improved to 23-11 overall since the 2010-2011 season.

The Cougars managed to win all but one set in the singles contest which included a 6-0, 6-2 rout by freshman Liselot Koenen, who improved to 4-1 in singles play this spring season.

The Cougars (3-2) look to further make a statement for a national ranking as they take on Sam Houston State at 10 a.m. Saturday at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.

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