Women trump SFA, La. Tech

The UH tennis team improved to 4-1 this season after defeating Stephen F. Austin 5-2 and Louisiana Tech 7-0, Saturday at the Schlief Tennis Complex in Nacogdoches.

Sophomore Joanna Kacprzyk led the way forUH against Louisiana Tech, grabbing a 6-1, 6-0 victory over sophomore Rocio Juarez.Senior Lynley Wasson made quick work of freshman Maartje de Wit 6-0, 6-1.

Senior Vicky Simpson blasted sophomore Mallory Smith, breezing to a 6-1, 6-0 win.Junior Neila Starratt managed to defeat freshman Laura Rodriguez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

The closest singles match of the competition came between UH sophomore Lucy Forward and Louisiana Tech senior Ada Makowska. Forward toughed out a 7-5, 6-2 victory. The Cougars swept both doubles matches, as Forward and Simpson downed de Wit and Juarez 8-6. Meanwhile, senior Jordan McCombs and sophomore Laura Ring beat Makowska and Smith 8-2.

UH had a tougher time with SFA, but came back to sweep the last five points of the match.

Forward fell to SFA junior Roxana Enica in a long and hard-fought match 6-4, 7-6, 10-8.

Wasson was unable to grab a set against freshman Alina Shazkho, losing 6-4, 6-3.

Kacprzyk turned the tide for UH by defeating senior Gabriela Gadeva. After wining the first set 6-3, Kacprzyk fell behind 2-3 in the second set, but Gadeva was forced to retire due to injury.

Ring topped sophomore Sanjana Kapur 6-4, 6-3. Simpson and Young both followed with easy two-set victories.

In doubles competition, Forward and Simpson toughed out an 8-6 victory over Enica and freshman Alina Shazkho. McCombs and Ring defeated senior Mary Harrison and Kapur 8-5, while Wasson and Kacprzyk beat Gadeva and junior Tatiana Smolnikova 8-4.

The Cougars will compete in their first home meet of the season against Montana State on Thursday at 11 a.m. at John E. Hoff Courts.

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