Women's Tennis

Owls Blank Bobcats and Broncos

Feb. 13, 2011

Texas State Box Score / Texas Pan American Box Score

The 48th ranked Rice women's tennis raced to a pair of quick victories in a rare doubleheader, blanking Texas State, 7-0 and Texas Pan American, 6-0 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Sunday.

"Today was a solid effort from our team," Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "This was the first doubleheader ever for any of our players and I thought everyone did a nice job in rising to the occasion."

The Owls (6-2) made quick work of both opponents. The took the doubles point against Texas State, winning all three matches while losing just four games. They captured the top four singles matches while losing just four combined games, and then closed out the match with a win at No. 5 when Alex Rasch won a tie-breaker.

In the nightcap, Texas Pan American was reduced to a lineup of just five healthy players. The Owls did not lose a game while winning both doubles matches. Schmidt chose to adjust her lineup for the singles matches, giving senior Varsha Shiva-Shankar and freshman Leah Fried a start. Shiva-Shankar won in straight sets at No. 4 (6-3, 6-1) while Fried won her collegiate debut without losing a game (6-0, 6-0).

"It was great to see Leah get her first dual match victory in such convincing fashion," Schmidt said.

The Owls will be on the road next weekend, with matches against Arizona (ranked 58th last week) and Utah (47th in last week's rankings).

"We have some great matches coming up next weekend and we'll be working hard to prepare this week," Schmidt said.


Tennis Match Results
Texas State vs Rice
2/13/2011 at Houston, TX
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#48 Rice 7, Texas State 0

Singles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Jessica Kahts (TXST) 6-1, 6-0
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Melissa Hadad (TXST) 6-0, 6-1
3. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Gabriela Rojas (TXST) 6-0, 6-1
4. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Jessica Laing (TXST) 6-0, 6-1
5. Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Mariana Perez (TXST) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Kim Anicete (RICE) def. B. Van Den Bergh (TXST) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Melissa Hadad/Jessica Kahts (TXST) 8-2
2. Alex Rasch/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Gabriela Rojas/Jessica Laing (TXST) 8-1
3. Jessica Jackson/Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. Mariana Perez/B. Van Den Bergh (TXST) 8-1

Match Notes:
Texas State 2-2
Rice 5-2; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,1,2,5)

Tennis Match Results
Texas-Pan American vs Rice
2/13/2011 at Houston, TX
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#48 Rice 6, Texas-Pan American 0

Singles competition

1. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Wanda Beguelin (TXPAM) 6-0, 6-0
2. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Malin Andersen (TXPAM) 6-1, 6-2
3. Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Dana Nazarova (TXPAM) 6-1, 6-1
4. Vasha Shiva-Shankar (RICE) def. Suncica Strkic (TXPAM) 6-3, 6-1
5. Leah Fried (RICE) def. Blanca Garcia Izagui (TXPAM) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Wanda Beguelin/Suncica Strkic (TXPAM) 8-0
2. Dominique Harmath/Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Malin Andersen/Dana Nazarova (TXPAM) 8-0

Match Notes:
Rice 6-2; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,3,2,4)

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