April 16, 2013
Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath, who will enter play in the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship as the 20th ranked doubles team in the nation, have been honored for their classroom work as well, earning spots on the 2013 Conference USA Tennis All-Academic Team. Rice was the only school to place two honorees on either the men's or women's team.
There are five men and women honorees that were voted onto the teams by the league's media relations directors for the sport. Honorees must hold a minimum 3.2 GPA and have competed in at least 75 percent of their team's scheduled matches. Eight of the 10 honorees boast academic marks better than 3.50.
Beazant, the 2012 C-USA Freshman and Player of the Year, is a two-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection who owns a 3.39 GPA in sports management. The Leigh, England, native is on a 14-match winning streak, owns a No. 1 singles record of 16-3 and ranks 43rd in the most recent ITA Rankings. Beazant participated in the 2012 NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles, reaching the second round in both. She and Harmath were selected as the Outstanding Doubles of the 2012 C-USA Championship and enter postseason play with an 18-3 mark.
Harmath enters this week's championship with a No. 2 singles record of 14-5 and national ranking of No. 70. The Toronto, Ontario, native owns a 3.42 GPA in kinesiology and plans on pursue a career in sports medicine. She's a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection as well as a 2013 Rice Honor Athlete. A year ago, the Harmath earned All-C-USA singles and doubles honors as well as participated in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Beazant.
Rice will carry the top seed into the 2013 Conference USA Tennis Championship this weekend. The Owls received a first-round bye and will play the winner of Old Dominion and UAB on Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the John E. Hoff Courts on the campus of the University of Houston.