The Houston Cougar Women’s Tennis team boasted a 6-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in its first match back at Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility for the season. With the Islanders winning the doubles portion, the Cougars won all of the six singles matches to seal the victory.
Starting with doubles, Tsveta Dimitrova and Sveva Mazzari cruised to a 6-1 victory to put the Cougars up 1-0. Ana Glumac and Constandena Nicolaou followed by falling 6-4 in what was a nail-biter match. The deciding match featured Lauren Alter and Alison Mills, and despite them holding serve at 4-4, the match was won by Corpus 7-6.
After barely falling in doubles, the Cougars stormed back to win each of the singles matches. Mazzari started off with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 win over Hortense Boscher. The victory tied the overall score at 1-1, and is Mazzari’s second of the season while playing at the No. 2 position.
Next, the Cougars No. 1 singles player, Dimitrova faced a tough test in the second set, but eventually pulled away to win 6-2, 7-5. The second set was tight until Dimitrova took control and avoided a tiebreak to give Houston its first lead of the match at 2-1.
Alter followed suit with a 6-3, 6-4 victory that never seemed out of hand. Alter’s victory at the No. 3 singles position pushed the lead to 3-1 for Houston.
Senior transfer Alison Mills posted a score of 6-2, 7-5, taking care of Louise Trigona in straight sets and clinching the victory for the Cougars. In her first two singles matches as a Cougar, Mills hasn’t dropped a set.
In the closest singles match of the day, Glumac rallied from one set down to win her match in three sets. Glumac dropped the first set 6-3, but returned to even the match with a 6-4 win in the second set. She carried the momentum into the decisive set, winning 6-1 to seal the match.
With all eyes on the final match, Nicolaou pulled out a 7-6, 7-6 win that went down to the wire. Nicolaou controlled play in each of the tiebreakers with excellent serving throughout.