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Monday, October 21, 2019

Tennis

Cougars rally to keep streak alive


The Cougars find themselves in the midst of a three-match win streak as they used both ends of the excitement spectrum to reel off two wins this past week.

On Thursday, the Cougars steamrolled Prairie View A&M in a 7-0 shutout and won a hotly contested 4-3 match against Texas State on Sunday to improve to 10-6 this spring.

The Prairie View match was a makeup of last week’s rained out contest and UH dominated in all aspects of play.

“It’s always nice to get a win over a Division-I opponent,” head coach John Severance said.

The Cougars were in control most of the afternoon as their top doubles pair of Giorgia Pozzan and Bryony Hunter came back from an early deficit to sweep their round.

Maja Kazimieruk and Charlotte Phillips continued their dominant singles play as the Cougars swept that round as well.

“We’re expecting a battle against Texas State on Sunday and we have to carry our momentum over against a team that has beaten some quality opponents this season,” Severance said of their next match

The result went down to the wire as UH ended the match on top with their seventh 4-3 result of the season. “I was thoroughly impressed with how we handled doubles today,” Severance said. “We trailed early at the top two positions but they battled through it which made the difference in the match.”

In doubles the pair of Giorgia Pozzan and Celia Fraser improved to 2-1 together, while Laura Ring and Liselot Koenen earned their seventh win of the season.

“In singles, Charlotte (Phillips) cleaned up her game a good bit and you can see how dominant she can be,” Severance said. “Bryony (Hunter) had a tough matchup, but put it all together in the third set and Maja continues to be dominant.”

Maja Kazirmieruk has come on strong as she stands with an 11-3 overall record after earning her sixth-straight victory on Sunday.

The Cougars take on No. 29 Tulsa at 10 a.m. Saturday at the John E. Hoff courts.

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