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Women's Tennis Loses to No. 9 Texas
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

March 24, 1998

AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 9 nationally-ranked University of Texas women's tennis team, behind two victories in doubles play which broke a 3-3 tie after singles, upset No. 8 ranked California 5-4 Tuesday afternoon at the Pennick-Allison Tennis Center. The victory for Texas, now 11-2, was the Longhorns' 10th dual match win in its last 11 outings. Cal falls to 11-3 with the setback.

Texas had two double-winners on the afternoon, led by senior Christina Moros (Sarasota, Fla.) at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Moros, ranked No. 38 nationally, defeated No. 39 Esther Knox, 6-4, 6-0 at second singles before pairing with junior Sandy Sureephong (Haines City, Fla.) at winning at No. 1 doubles. Moros and Sureephong, ranked No. 15, defeated Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen, 8-2. Moros and Sureephong remain perfect in No. 1 doubles play (at 9-0). The Moros-Sureephong win tied the match at 4-4, and then the Longhorns' No. 2 doubles duo of freshman Kim Gates (Grandville, Mich.) and junior Laura Berendt (Chicago, IL) won the match with an 8-4 victory over Cal's Knox and Anita Kurimay.

Gates was the other Texas double winner, as the No. 91 ranked singles performer defeated Francesco La'O, 6-3, 6-2 at fifth singles. UT's other victorious match was at No. 4 singles where sophomore Michelle Faucher (Great Falls, Va.) topped Kurimay, 7-5, 6-2.

"I am extremely pleased with how strong we finished the match today," commented Texas head coach Jeff Moore. "Cristina (Moros) was one of three players who battled back in singles action after being down. Right now, we feel like we have just begun a "mini NCAA Nationals" week in Austin, as we played Cal today, then host No. 4 Georgia on Thursday (5:00 p.m.) before facing No. 1 Stanford on Saturday. This should be a bit easier than NCAAs, since we have a day off between matches. These tough matches are coming at a great time of the season for us, as our team has gained some momentum and confidence following big wins on the road last week against Duke (then No. 3) and Wake Forest (then No. 11)."

Texas returns to action on Thursday, March 26 when it hosts No. 4 California in a 5:00 p.m. showdown at Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. The Texas-Stanford match on Saturday (March 28) will take place at 1:00 p.m. Admission to both matches is as follows: tickets are $4 per adult and $3 for students and senior citizens. For more ticket information, call (512) 495-Go UT.

(#9) Texas 5, (#8) California 4

Singles Results

1.  (#9) Amanda Augustus (C) def. (#3) Sandy Sureephong (UT), 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 
2.  (#38) Cristina Moros (UT), def. (#39) Esther Knox (C), 6-4, 6-0 
3.  Amy Jensen (C) def. Laura Berendt (UT), 6-2, 6-3 
4.  Michelle Faucher (UT) def. Anita Kurimay (C), 7-5, 6-2 
5.  (#91) Kim Gates (UT), def. Francesca La'O (C), 6-3, 6-2 
6.  Stephanie Tibbits (C) def. Nomena Rasolomalala (UT>, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 

Doubles Results

1.(#15) Sureephong/Moros (UT) def. (#14) Augustus/Jensen (C), 8-2 
2.  Berendt/Gates (UT) vs. (#18) Knox/Kurimay (C), 8-4 
3.  La'O/Claire Curran (C) def. Faucher/Anne Pastor (UT>, 8-4 

Team Records: Texas 11-2; California (11-3) 

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