Jan. 30, 2010
While her teammates raced to easy victories, Rice junior Rebekka Hänle was extended to three tough sets as the Owls took a 7-0 win over Texas State at the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club on Saturday.
"Today was a solid team effort." Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "Our players came out ready to go in doubles and kept the pressure on Texas State throughout the whole match."
The Owls (2-1) opened the match by taking all three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Five of the Owls six singles entries then swept to straight set wins, but Hänle and the Bobcats' Andrea Giraldo hooked up in marathon match that saw Hänle bounce back from a first set loss in a tie breaker with a tie breaker win of her own in the second set. She then took the third 10-6 to pick up her second win in three tries this season
"It was great for Rebekka to pull out such a hard-fought victory today." Schmidt notes. "Giraldo was playing excellent tennis and Rebekka really showed her competitive spirit by raising her own level when her back was against the wall."
After moving indoors due to weather for the first two matches of the year, the Owls are slate to take on Sam Houston on Sunday on their home court.
"We are excited to finally get to play at Jake Hess and are looking forward to another battle tomorrow against a talented Sam Houston team," Schmidt said.