Smith Clinches Historic Fourth Title for Owls
Sixth consecutive finals appearance
Face North Texas at noon Saturday
Conference USA Championship up next
Rice won its fourth consecutive C-USA Women's Tennis title on April 24.
Rice rallied to beat Brown 5-2 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on March 5
Rice defeated Texas 4-3 in the first match between the two schools in Houston since 1995.
Rice saw its season come to a close with a 4-2 loss to Baylor in the NCAA Women's Round of 32
Rice advanced to the Round of 32 with a 4-2 win over Tulsa at the Waco Regional.
HONORS AT RICE
President, Rice SAAC Chapter
All C-USA Singles (third team), 2015, 2016
All C-USA Doubles (second team), 2014, 2015,(third team) 2016
C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week (2/14/16)
ITA Scholar-Athlete 2013, 2014
C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, 2013, 2014, 2105
2015-16 : (Senior):
Fall:Opened her final season of competition with a 7-4 mark in singles and a 5-4 record in doubles... Reached the round of 16 in the USAT/ITA Texas Regional in both singles and doubles... Singles run saw her win a pair of three-set matches, including a stirring 0-6, 6-3, 11-9 decision of Felicity Maltby of Texas Tech in the Round of 32... Teamed with Emily Smith to reach regional third round.
Steady performer at No. 6 in singles and as part of No. 3 doubles team, finishing 11-5 in singles and 11-7 in doubles (11-5 with Savannah Durkin)... Closed season in impressive fashion, going unbeaten in last 10 singles matches (6-0) including the clinching match of the Owls third consecutive C-USA title and was unbeaten in last 11 matches (8-0) in doubles... From March 8 through the C-USA Championship, she was 7-1 in singles and 8-0 in doubles... Won four of five tiebreak sets during the year. FallFinished the fall 7-6 in singles and 8-2 in doubles... Teamed with Stephanie Nguyen to capture the 2nd Flight doubles crown at Houston's Solinco Houston Open... Dispatched Holly Verner of SMU, 6-2, 6-3 in her singles finale and the combined with Zinko to take an 8-5 decision over the Mustangs' Yana Erkeeva and Dasha Sharapova in the doubles final.
Solid performer in doubles, posting an overall record of 9-5 on court three, including a 5-2 mark with Katherine Ip down the stretch... Six of nine wins came as the first team to finish and two of the remaining three wins clinched doubles points... Split a pair of singles match assignments... Was 7-5 in singles and 7-2 in doubles during fall action... Won the No. 6 singles title and teamed with Dominique Harmath to win the No. 2 doubles flight at the Cougar Classic... Dropped Tina Rupert of the host Cougars, 6-3 7-5 to capture the singles after earlier joining Harmath to dispatch Rupert and Charlotte Phillips, 8-3 to win the No. 2 doubles flight... Advance to the consolation round of eight at the USTA-ITA Texas Regional... Fought off three match points from Lamar's Hanna Elving to in the round of 32... Dropped the first set and trailed 5-0 in the second, before rallying to win the set and then take the tiebreak 10-1 to advance... Beat Alexis Thoma in straight sets to move on to quarters before losing to Hristina Dishkova of SMU.
Posted a 12-5 mark in singles during the regular season and an overall 16-7 mark in doubles (15-4 with Daniela Trigo)... Set the stage for Rice's historic win over Texas by tying the match 3-3 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Juliana Gajic ... One of two Owls to win at Tulsa in the regular season... Fought off several match points before rallying to defeat SMU's Holly Verner 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 to close out the Owls' win in the regular season... Clinched the doubles point in the C-USA Championship match, rebounding after a 6-2 lead turned into a 6-6 tie... Served the point clinching game to give Rice a 1-0 lead over Tulsa... She and Trigo closed strongly, winning nine of their last 11 matches, including two of three at the C-USA Championship...Provided the key doubles point in the C-USA Championship match, responding after seeing a 6-2 lead dissolve into a 6-6 tie, winning 8-6.... Posted a 6-5 mark in singles and a 5-4 mark in doubles in her first fall action with the Owls... Reached the finals in a pair tournaments in singles... Reached the B Flight finals at the Longhorn Invitational and the finals of the Third Flight singles at the Rice Fall Invitational... Teamed with Kimberly Anicete to reach the round of 16 at the Texas ITA Regional in doubles.
York Region Athletic Association and Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations singles champion as a senior... Canadian National Doubles Champion in both U16 and U18... Finished third at 2010 Canadian U18 Outdoor... Five-time Ontario Provincial Champion... Won the singles title in the ITA Summer Circuit tournament at Dartmouth... Received the Outstanding Achievement Award at Bill Crothers Secondary School for outstanding performance in all four years.
Full Name: Solomiya Zinko... Born: 8/25/94, at Lviv, Ukraine... Parents: Paul and Aleksandra Zinko, Toronto... Kinesiology major
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