Jan. 18, 2013
The Rice women's tennis team opened its 2013 dual season by fending of a stubborn challenge from Lamar before downing the Cardinals 6-1 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium in Houston on Friday.
The 29th ranked Owls were pushed at both f#1 and #2 doubles before capturing the match's first point, and in singles, the Cardinals held the lead in five of six singles matches in the second sets before the Owls rallied to eventually take five of six matches.
"It was good to get back on the court," head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "I thought we were a little rusty, but I also thought Lamar played really well. They are a gritty team and they make you earn every point. They did that today, but I thought our team did a good job of stepping up when they needed to."
Rice's 56th ranked doubles team of Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath battled back from a 6-6 tie to clinch the doubles point with an 8-6 win at the No. 1 position. Harmath extended the lead to 2-0 with a straight-set win at second singles. Beazant provided the third point, coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to win at No.1 singles in straight sets.
Junior Kimberly Anicete then provided the clinching point with a straight set win on Court 4, while Katie Gater and Liat Zimmerman both overcame losses in their first sets to win third set tiebreaks to close out the scoring for the Owls.
Rice will be back on the Jake Hess Courts on Sunday when they host Texas Pan American at 1 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Lamar vs Rice
1/18/2013 at Houston, TX
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#29 Rice 6, Lamar 1
1. #50 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Carolina Salas (LU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Alicia Porte (LU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Carolina Maso (LU) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7
4. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Helene Czudek (LU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Natalia Mayagoitia (LU) def. Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) 6-3, 6-2
6. Liat Zimmerman (RICE) def. Dariya Dashutina (LU) 5-7, 6-2, 10-5
1. #56 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Carolina Salas/Helene Czudek (LU) 8-6
2. Katie Gater/Liat Zimmerman (RICE) def. Carolina Maso/Alicia Porte (LU) 8-3
3. Dariya Dashutina/Natalia Mayagoitia (LU) def. Kimberly Anicete/Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) 8-5
Rice 1-0; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,4,5,3,6)