The Rice women’s tennis team rebounded from a loss in Saturday’s opening round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend by maintaining their early advantage in doubles with solid play in singles to blank Maryland 4-0 on Sunday at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, California.
After racing to the doubles point while dropping only three combined games on courts two and three, the Owls saw senior Savannah Durkin and freshman Anna Bowtell quickly extend the lead to 3-0 with straight set wins on courts five and six in singles. Senior Wendy Zhang delivered the clinching point with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Maryland’s Ekaterina Tour on court one to close out the win for the Owls (2-1)
“Our team did a very nice job bouncing back today.,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “They definitely took yesterday's loss (4-2 to Oregon) and learned from it. I’m encouraged by where we are headed and looking forward to getting back out on the practice court to continue to improve.”
The Owls will be back in action on February 9 when the travel to Arlington, Texas to take on UTA.
Tennis Match Results
Maryland Terrapins vs Rice
1/28/2018 at Malibu, Calif.
(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)
Rice 4, Maryland Terrapins 0
1. Wendy Zhang (RICEW) def. Ekaterina Tour (UMD) 6-3, 6-3
2. Lindsey Hodge (RICEW) vs. Eva Alexandrova (UMD) 1-6, 6-6 (2-4), unfinished
3. Fernanda Astete (RICEW) vs. Millie Stretton (UMD) 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
4. Priya Niezgoda (RICEW) vs. Kate Yemelyanenka (UMD) 2-6, 6-1, 3-2, unfinished
5. Savannah Durkin (RICEW) def. Saya Usui (UMD) 6-0, 6-1
6. Anna Bowtell (RICEW) def. Zoe Kulkarni (UMD) 6-0, 6-3
1. #12 Lindsey Hodge/Wendy Zhang (RICEW) vs. Eva Alexandrova/Millie Stretton (UMD) 5-4, unfinished
2. Fernanda Astete/Michaela Haet (RICEW) def. Ekaterina Tour/Kate Yemelyanenka (UMD) 6-0
3. Priya Niezgoda/Anna Bowtell (RICEW) def. Saya Usui/Arnelle Sullivan (UMD) 6-3
Maryland Terrapins 1-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,6,1)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend