Lady Cardinals Rice Tennis Classic Recap



Sept. 24, 2007

HOUSTON - In their first tournament of the fall season, the Lamar University women's tennis team had a strong showing at the 27th Annual Rice Tennis Classic at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

As a team the Lady Cardinals posted a record of 10-15 in singles play and 8-8 in doubles play. Head coach David Wong said he was encouraged by the way his team battled back after struggling in the opening round of the tournament.

"We didn't play very well on the first day of the tournament, but we got better as the weekend went on," said Wong. "We did not play our best, but I am encouraged with the way we continued to progress throughout the weekend. If we had not made improvements, we would not have won a match all weekend. I'm pleased with what the ladies showed me."

Leading the way for the Lady Cards was Mariaryeni Gutierrez, Manijee Ashrafi and Andrea Martinez each posted 2-2 records on the weekend, while Salina Aranda went 1-1. Maria Gutierrez went 1-2 while Manami Kuroda and Anahita Jagtiani each went 1-3 on the weekend to close out the LU singles action.

In doubles action the Gutierrez sisters led the way for Lamar, posting a 3-1 record, while the tandems of Aranda and Jagtiani along with Martinez and Ashrafi went 2-2. Closing out the doubles action was Manami Kuroda and unattached player Jessica Phelps who went 1-3.

The Lady Cardinals will be back in action this weekend, when they take play at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas.



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