Cougars sweep Huskies to move to semis
The No. 29 Cougars pushed their school-record winning streak to 17 games after defeating the UConn Huskies to advance in the conference tournament.
UH cruised to a 4-0 victory in the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinal on Thursday at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa.
The doubles point was a tough one for the Cougars. UH won the second court, 6-4, with Tina Rupert and Rocio Martin dropping Zaina Zaki and Emma Alderman. UConn came back to even the score when Maxene Weinberg and Srna Stosljevic won the top court from Elena Kordolaimi and Despoina Vogasari, 6-4.
With the score even, freshmen Angela Lorenzo and Mina Markovic had to close the game out on court three for the doubles point. The duo defeated Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva and Summer Walker, 7-5, to earn their team the doubles point.
“UConn came out strong today and played well in doubles, so that point was a little closer than we would have liked,” said Houston head coach Patrick Sullivan in a news release. “But we did what we needed to do at the right time, and a win is a win. We’re happy to advance, and we will be more prepared tomorrow.”
In the singles contest, UH’s Angela Lorenzo defeated Shea Flanagan, Martin defeated Summer Walker, and Elena Kordolaimi defeated Emma Alderman to secure the win and leaving the other three courts unfinished.
The win advanced the Cougars to the semifinal round, where they will face the No. 4 seed SMU Mustangs, on Friday at the Case Tennis Center.