Jan. 14, 2012
Sophomore Dominique Harmath and freshman Natalie Beazant each won their singles matches and combined for win in doubles to highlight the first day of competition for the Rice women's tennis team at the UCF Invitational at the UCF Tennis Complex in Orlando, Florida.
"Today was a nice start to our spring season," Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "I thought that everyone competed well and that our fitness level looked good. We still have a few things to work on, especially in doubles, but overall it was a solid day," she added.
The three teams in the event, Rice, UCF and Texas Tech, play against each other in a rotating set of singles and doubles matches in a dual format, but do not play exclusively against one team each day, so no team scores are kept. On the day the Owls won four of five overall matches vs. UCF and split their six matches against Tech.
Beazant and Harmath provided all the Owls victories against the 46th ranked Red Raiders. The combined for an 8-4 win over Nikki Sanders and Caroline Starck. Harmath then defeated Sandra Dynka, 6-2, 6-4, while Beazant downed Kenna Kilgo 6-3, 6-4.
The Owls split their two doubles matches against UCF, with Ana Guzman and Daniella Trigo picking up an 8-5 decision over Taylor Dubins and Allison Hodges. Rice grabbed all three singles matchups vs. the Knights, thanks to straight-set wins by Katie Gater, Kimberly Anicente and Stephanie Nguyen.
Teams will be back on the courts at 9 a.m. (central) on Sunday for the second day of competition and wrap up play on Monday.
The Owls will open their dual season next Friday when they host Lamar at 1 p.m. at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
UCF Invitational--Day One
Ana Guzman/Daniella Trigo (Rice) def. Taylor Dubins/Allison Hodges (UCF) 8-5
Jenna Doerfler/Courtney Griffith (UCF) def. Leah Fried/Kimberly Anicete (Rice) 8-1
Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (Rice) def. Nikki Sanders/Caroline Starck (Texas Tech) 8-4
Rashmi Teltumbde/Elizabeth Ullathorne (Texas Tech) def. Katie Gater/Stephanie Nguyen (Rice) 8-5
Katie Gater (Rice) def. Taylor Dubins (UCF) 7-5, 7-5
Kimberly Anicete (Rice) def. Allison Hodges (UCF) 6-1, 6-2
Stephanie Nguyen (Rice) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 6-3, 6-2
Dominique Harmath (Rice) def. Sandra Dynka (Texas Tech) 6-2, 6-4
Natalie Beazant (Rice) def. Kenna Kilgo (Texas Tech) 6-3, 6-4
Rashmi Teltumbde (Texas Tech) def. Ana Guzman (Rice) 6-2, 6-1
Nikki Sanders (Texas Tech) def. Leah Fried (Rice) 6-1, 6-0