The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 16, 1999, Image 9

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Sports e Battalion Page 9 • Friday, April 16, 1999 giggle tennis teams set for home matches tm^omen play host to jl^ice University Owls itival BY SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN The Battalion Doubleheaders usually are reserved for base- RACHELHOdl. high school basketball playoffs and Broad- llic Ban. ly co-stars occupying a marquee. However, the Texas A&M Women’s Tennis am will be part of a unique doubleheader to- OTipw when it hosts Rice University at 1:30 p.m. the A&M Varsity Tennis Center. While the women battle the Owls, their male unferparts will be playing at the same time t Rook::: airjst the University of Texas. HiheGeor; A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said hosting imentandPdh patches jointly is a big boost for both play- 26tha >ahd fans. ■swillread: “With the new facility, we wanted to have the men ormers v. dthe women [play] at the same time,” he said. “It nanandi ^ be good for the fans to see both teams, and this dren's liter-; ildren’s boo anizations; own town B; p.m. Satiud something you are going to be seeing a lot more.” Ri|e and A&M come into the match with a lot common. The Aggie women are ranked No 35 the country, while the Owls are No. 37 in the ost recent collegiate tennis ratings. Both teams d coaches are familiar with each other. “They know us, and we know them,” Klei- cke said. The 1 Aggies and the Owls are both coming off utout losses. A&M (12-6 overall) was blanked Texas, 9-0, in Austin Tuesday in a showdown tween the two top teams in the Big 12. Klei- cke said the match was much closer than the ons will ho J. .Valker, a: ie Bush 5; ae given tc ? festival, r. ill be free be offeree said thefe; children but childre te. psided score indicated. VI tl PS Cc v 4 X , “We fought very hard against Texas,” he said. Ve are coming into (the Rice match)very posi- , r e off that effort. ” Rice (13-5 overall) fell to Vanderbilt Universi- ^ .8-0, Monday. The Owls lost three-set matches No. 3 and No. 4 singles and dropped first-set 'breakers in two other matches against Vander- J Itlwhich defeated A&M, 8-1, April 10. KleAnecke said the match should be close de- sabou: j te t ] ie t eams ’ recent struggles, uhew,: “j thought they’d be down, but they have some ^id. , 0( j w ins.” Kleinecke said. “They beat [the Uni- gtotheV , rs ^y N 0r th Carolina, who we lost to.” ucy, me The Owls’ best player, at No. 1 singles, is junior Its read ?vef. ’anizau-"^ tivaf NUKE FUENTES/The Battalion Sophomore Lisa Dingwall prepares for a backhand against Texas Tech University March 29. Elle Lewis, who sports a 23-15 record this year. Rice’s No. 6 singles player, Natalie Briaud, is a lo cal product out of A&M Consolidated High School. Critical to the outcome of the match will be the performance in the middle spots of the Aggies’ singles lineup. A&M’s Lisa Dingwall will likely play Rice’s Charlotte Feasby in one of the featured matches, while at No. 3 singles A&M senior Monica San Miguel will square off against the Owls’ Justyna Gudzowska. 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BY AL LAZARUS The Battalion Despite the attention paid to the rivalry between Texas A&M Univer sity and the University of Texas, a men’s tennis match featuring the two schools traditionally has been about as suspenseful as a Harlem Globe trotters game. That is, until last season. Having lost 25 of its last 27 match es against the Longhorns, the Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Team turned the tables in 1998, overcoming a tough early-season loss in Austin to crush the Longhorns, 4-0, in the final round of the conference tournament. A&M coach Tim Cass said the Ag gie victory added a new angle to the A&M-UT rivalry. “Before last season, the rivalry was fun because of the spirit between the two schools,” Cass said. “Now it’s fun because either team can win.” The Aggies and Longhorns, tied with Baylor University for first place in the Big 12, will square off at the A&M Varsity Tennis Center Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. A&M, ranked No. 15 by College Tennis Weekly, brings a 14-3 overall record and 6-0 conference mark into the match. Texas, the nation’s fifth- ranked team, is 17-4 with a 5-0 record in conference play. In the finals of last season’s Big 12 Tournament, the Aggies did not drop a set on their way to shocking the Longhorns, an accomplishment Cass said probably has weighed heavily on Texas’ mind. “They’re not happy that we won the Big 12 Tournament last year,” he said. “And we’ve got to anticipate that they’re going to come in here even more focused and determined because of us beating them. ” The Longhorns’ lineup features three top-60 singles players — Jack Brasington (No. 20), Brandon Hawk (No. 42) and Paul Martin (No. 57). UT’s No. 1 doubles team of Gwenael Gueit and Martin is ranked No. 16 in the nation. The Aggies will counter with sophomores Dumitru Caradima and Shuon Madden, the nation’s No. 1 doubles duo. Madden, who Monday was named the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, also sports a No. 34 singles ranking. With a match against conference co-leader and eighth-ranked Baylor looming April 24, Cass said he has cautioned the team against getting too pumped up for the Longhorns, concerned the Aggies could suffer a letdown against the Bears. Sophomore Cody Hubbell, who has lived in College Station since he was two years old, said there is no such thing as being too excited to play Texas. “I’ve tried to maintain my com posure,” he said, “but I consider this to be one of the biggest matches of my life.” They're in touch, in transit and in demand . . . on-site, on-line and on-the-move . . . improving businesses, envisioning future technologies'and driving change . . . thinking outside the box, designing solutions and delivering value to customers. They're Ernst & Young consultants, and they're going places — making a global impact in one of the most dynamic fields of the 90's and beyond. 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