Feb. 21, 2014
The Rice men's tennis team returns home for the first time in a month on Sunday when they welcome Louisiana-Lafayette to Jake Hess Tennis Stadium for an 11 a.m. dual match that will be followed by a special youth clinic as part of the USTA/ITA Campus Kids initiative.
Rice (2-6) is looking to snap a four-match losing streak that developed in four road matches against ranked opponents. Louisiana (7-2) has won its last three matches, including a 4-2 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Wednesday. The Owls hold an 11-7 lead in the series.
All youths ages 6-18 are invited to join the Owls at Jake Hess for a day of tennis excitement. The Owls will provide pizza and games during the break between doubles and singles and after the match, the members of the team will hold a special youth clinic from 2-4 p.m.
The Owls will also add a new member to the team on Sunday thanks to their partnership with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The team will officially adopt Bennett Nestor, 3, making him an honorary member of the team. FOJ pairs up children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams to offer the children a distraction as well as social and emotional support during the various stages of treatment.