Feb. 24, 2017
by Chuck Pool (email@example.com) -
Wendy Zhang did not drop a game in singles to spark the 23rd ranked Rice Owls to a 6-1 win over UTSA at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on Friday.
After grabbing the doubles point with wins on the second and third lines, the Owls closed out their 20th dual win over the Roadrunners on the strength of straight set wins by Zhang, freshman Priya Niezgoda and junior Savannah Durkin, who delivered the clinching point with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Charleen Tiwari.
After UTSA took the match at the first singles line, Rice responded with wins by Fernanda Astete and Alison Ho in deciding third sets to round out the day.
Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said she was happy to see the Owls close the match strongly.
"For the most part, I think we rose to the occasion when UTSA pushed us. We fought a little bit of nevers closing on a couple courts. I thought we lost focus on a couple courts, but we were able to get it back and get the job done as a group. I thought our doubles effort was better than last week against Sam Houston."
The Owls (6-2) will be back on action on Sunday at 11 a.m. when they host Colorado for the first time in Houston. The schools have only met twice in their history, the first match coming in Colorado Springs in 1991 and the second in 2011 in Fayetteville, Arkansas as part of a round robin weekend hosted by the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The first 100 fans through the gate of the George R. Brown Tennis Center on Sunday will have a chance to pick an item from the Rice Athletics promotional closet and also enjoy free food.
Tennis Match Results
UTSA vs Rice
2/24/2017 at Houston, TX
(George R. Brown Tennis Center)
#23 Rice 6, UTSA 1
1. M. Rosell Canudas (UTSA) def. Lindsey Hodge (RICE) 6-3, 6-4
2. Wendy Zhang (RICE) def. Denisa Ibrahimovic (UTSA) 6-0, 6-0
3. Fernanda Astete (RICE) def. Laura Cabrera (UTSA) 6-2, 5-7, 10-3
4. Alison Ho (RICE) def. Lina Hallgren (UTSA) 6-3, 5-7, 10-1
5. Savannah Durkin (RICE) def. Charleen Tiwari (UTSA) 6-2, 6-3
6. Priya Niezgoda (RICE) def. Kylee Kato (UTSA) 6-1, 6-4
1. Lindsey Hodge/Wendy Zhang (RICE) vs. M. Rosell Canudas/Kylee Kato (UTSA) 5-1, unfinished
2. Alison Ho/Priya Niezgoda (RICE) def. Denisa Ibrahimovic/S. Madroñal Medina (UTSA) 6-2
3. Savannah Durkin/Fernanda Astete (RICE) def. Charleen Tiwari/Lina Hallgren (UTSA) 6-0
Rice 6-2; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,5,1,4,3)