The Rice women’s tennis team made their home court debut a successful one, downing Sam Houston State 6-1 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Sunday.
Rice (3-1) had been forced indoors for its first two home matches of 2010, but the two teams braved the chilly temperatures in Houston to play outdoors on the Rice campus. Sam Houston was short-handed, bringing a roster of just five players, causing the teams to play just two doubles and five singles matches.
“I was happy to see our team keep its focus despite the fact that Sam Houston was playing with just five,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “Sometimes that can be a dangerous thing and you can let your guard down. I was pleased that we came out and took care of business from the beginning.”
With a shortened Sam Houston lineup, Schmidt was able to rest junior Rebekka Hänle during singles play. Hänle won a marathon match singles match on Saturday against Texas State, but only played doubles on Sunday, teaming with Rebecca Lin to win at No. 2., 8-1.
The Owls took four of the five singles matches, all in straight sets, in addition to picking up a default at the No. 6 position. Junior Jessica Jackson ran her record to 4-0 on the season, picking up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sheridan Currie at No. 2.
The Owls will hit the road next weekend for a pair of matches in Southern California against nationally-ranked opponents. Rice will travel to #12 UCLA on Friday and follow that up with a match at #40 Pepperdine on Saturday. They will be back home to host Arizona at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Feb. 12.
Sam Houston State vs Rice
1/31/2010 at Houston, Texas
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
Rice 6, Sam Houston State 1
1. Giorgia Pozzan (SHSU) def. Julie Chao (RICE) 7-5, 6-4
2. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Sheridan Currie (SHSU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Tatyana Postnikova (SHSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Rebecca Lin (RICE) def. Nadia Dubyanskaya (SHSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Cally Woerner (SHSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. No player (SHSU), by default
1. Alex Rasch/Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Sheridan Currie/Giorgia Pozzan (SHSU) 8-5
2. Rebecca Lin/Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Tatyana Postnikova/Nadia Dubyanskaya (SHSU) 8-1