Feb. 20, 2007
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SETTING THE SCENE: The University of Cincinnati tennis team opens a busy week of matches when it faces crosstown rival Xavier on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Mercy Healthplex. The Bearcats are 4-2 and have won their last two. XU is 5-2 this season and 2-0 at home. UC follows that match up by hosting Indianapolis (0-4) on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and BIG EAST foe West Virginia (4-4) on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. Both those matches will be at the Queen City Racquet Club.
CINCINNATI PROBABLE STARTERS 2006-07 STATISTICS
Singles Overall Dual
1. Hannah Hinton, 5-11, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. 10-5 3-2
2. Rachel Owens, 5-9, Fr., Puyallup, Wash. 11-5 3-3
3. Valeriya Dandik, 5-7, So., Montreal, Quebec 6-2 3-1
4. Alizee Paradis, 5-10, Jr., Quebec City, Quebec 4-9 1-5
5. Elizabeth Young, 5-7, So.., Knoxville, Tenn. 7-3 5-1
6. Jenny Rowen, 5-7, So., Little Rock, Ark. 4-7 1-5
Doubles Overall Dual
1. Hannah Hinton / Elizabeth Young 5-1 2-0
2. Valeriya Dandik / Alizee Paradis 2-1 2-1
3. Rachel Owens / Jenny Rowen 1-2 1-2
LAST TIME VS. XAVIER
The opening day of the new UC Tennis Center produced an exciting day of tennis, with Cincinnati falling to Xavier, 6-1, on April 13, 2006. In doubles play, XU opened with an 8-4 win at the No. 2 spot by Sarah Potts and Emily Tuchscherer, but UC responded with an 8-4 victory at No. 3 by Madison Reasoner and Elizabeth Young. In the deciding match, Musketeers Kristen Clary and Kara Courtney topped Hannah Hinton and Jill Klauck, 8-3, to take the doubles point. The singles were marked by several close matches. Courtney and Klauck battled at No. 2, splitting the first two sets before the XU freshman pulled ahead for a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win. The Bearcats got their point when freshman Jenny Rowen defeated Tuchscherer, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8).
LAST TIME VS. WEST VIRGINIA
UC dropped its second BIG EAST match of the weekend when it fell to West Virginia, 7-0, on Feb. 5, 2006 in Morgantown. The Mountaineers swept the doubles matches for the first point. The best match was at No. 1 where Raynie Theis and Stacey Percival outlasted UC's Hannah Hinton and Elizabeth Young, 8-4. In singles play, WVU took all six matches in straight sets. Playing in the top spot for the Bearcats, freshman Elizabeth Young dropped the first set to Monica Lyskawa 6-0, but rebounded and was edged 7-5 in the second. Similarly, at the No. 4 position Jill Klauck dropped the initial set 6-1 to Colleen Speaker before falling in a tie-breaker in the second set, 7-6 (7-2).
Freshman Rachel Owens, the only true freshman on the team, is off to a blazing start. She won her first six matches and is currently a team-best 11-5. She reached the flight D finals at the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational and won all three matches at the Miami Invitational. Owens is playing in the top two spots in the lineup and won the clinching match in a tie-breaker at No. 1 singles to earn UC's season-opening win over Bowling Green.
BACK IN FORM
After winning 17 matches as a freshman, including a team-best 13 dual wins, senior Hannah Hinton has missed most of the past two seasons with injuries. She returned to the full-time line-up in the fall and is now 10-5. She posted four wins at Dartmouth's Big Green Invitational to reach the A singles final, beating the No. 3 and No. 8 seeds on the way.
The Bearcats remain at home, hosting No. 72 Louisville and UNC Wilmington next weekend at the Queen City Racquet Club.