Feb. 20, 2013
The 35th ranked Rice women's tennis team bounced back from a tough loss on Sunday, shutting out 54th ranked LSU 5-0 on Wednesday at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club in Houston.
The match was moved indoors due to threatening weather forecasts for the Houston area and was played on four courts. With the match clinched and the other remaining matches nearing completion, the sixth singles match of the day was cancelled.
The win was the Owls (6-4) fourth straight over the Tigers (5-3) and came on the heels of a close loss to 21st ranked Texas Tech on Sunday. Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt praised her team for shaking off Sunday's result and attacking from the first serve on Wednesday.
"I was really proud of the way they came together today. LSU is a gritty team that was not going to go away. They were ready to fight for every point. We had to step up and meet that challenge, and we did."
Sophomore Natalie Beazant and junior Dominique Harmath continued their strong play. The duo won their fourth consecutive doubles match to run their season record to 8-2 and each captured their fourth consecutive singles match as well.
Rice clinched the doubles point with a win on court 3 by Daniela Trigo and Solomiya Zinko, and Beazant quickly added to the lead by racing to a 6-0. 6-1 win over Mary Jeremiah. In her last two matches, Beazant has lost just four of 28 games.
Harmath had an equally fast start in her first set, but LSU's Kaitlin Burns fought back to take the second set. Meanwhile on the next court, Rice's Katie Gater had dropped her first set o Ella Taylor and the Owls early momentum seemed to be in jeopardy until Gater rallied to even her match.
"With them playing next to each other, there's no doubt that Katie's comeback helped Dominique regain her momentum. She saw Katie hunker down and get back in the match and that helped her get through that rough patch and play a very good third set," Schmidt added.
Sophomore Liat Zimmerman picked up the Owls' third point with a straight set win over Ariel Morton and Harmath applied the clinching point when she finished off Burns with a 6-1 third set.
Kimberly Anicete her match against Caroline Hudson halted with Anicete up a set and leading 4-1 in the second while Gater closed out the scoring by completing her comeback from the opening set loss to down Taylor 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The Owls will be not be back on the dual courts until next Thursday when they hit the road for duals at UTSA (February 28) and Texas (March 2), with the later dual being televised by the Longhorn Network.
LSU vs. Rice
2/20/2013 at Houston, Texas
(Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club)
#35 Rice 5, #54 LSU 0
1. Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
3. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Caroline Hudson (LSU) 6-4, 4-1, retired
6. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU) unfinished
1. Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-6
2. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Liat Zimmermann/Katie Gater (RICE) 8-5
3. Daniela Trigo/Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 8-3
LSU 5-3; National ranking #54
Rice 6-4; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,2,5,3)
Match #6 was not played