Expecting big things this spring

Senior Giorgia Pozzan looks to build off of her two fall-singles titles and help lead the Cougars to a national ranking this spring. | Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar

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The Cougars open their spring campaign against Big 12-powerhouse Baylor (2-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Waco.

After a strong fall season, head coach John Severance said that UH’s goal for the spring is to earn a national ranking.

“We have a fairly decent schedule and have the talent to compete with the best programs in the nation,” Severance said.

Senior Giorgia Pozzan led the Cougars last fall with a 17-6 record overall and followed that with two singles titles in the fall.

“Her work ethic is very good and she has an strong will to win,” Severance said. “She has those qualities that can’t be coached”

Liselot Koenen and Charlotte Phillips, who showed flashes during the fall, highlight a freshmen class that Severance called “one of the best we’ve had.”

Despite some of the Cougars’ key players being less experienced players, Severance thinks that youth might also work as a strength.

“We’re a young team, have great leadership and have great team character,” he said.

Despite the impressive collection of individual talent, the Cougars will have to come together to find success.

“It will have to be a team effort,” he said. “Everyone will have to contribute

“This the best 1-6 we’ve ever had in terms of talent.”

The Bears will provide a great benchmark for the Cougars to measure themselves against.

“Baylor has been a top-five program for a while now and we have great respect for what they have achieved,” Severance said.

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