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February 1st, 2009
Texas State women’s tennis falls at No. 69 Rice


HOUSTON — After opening the spring with a 5-0 victory over Prairie View A&M, the Texas State women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss at No. 69-ranked Rice University.

The Owls scored won all six singles matches against the Bobcats to score five points and scored the two doubles points after edging Texas State 2-1.

Rice’s Julie Choa won a hard-fought number one singles match over Texas State’s Ashley Ellis 7-5, 6-4. Nyssa Peele fell in the number two match to Ana Guzman 6-0, 6-1, while Lainy Chafitz suffered a 6-0, 6-0 setback against Jessica Jackson in the number three match.

Texas State’s Kiki Kruse also suffered a hard-fought loss in the number-four match against Rebecca Lin 6-2, 6-4.

The Bobcats won their lone match at the number three doubles matchup when Peele and Mackenzie Farmer defeated Alex Rasch and Emily Braid 9-8 after winning a tie-breaker by the score of 7-5.

Another doubles match was decided by a tie breaker when Rebecca Lin and Jackson combined to defeat Chafitz and Kruse 9-8 in the number two doubles match after winning the tie-breaker 7-3.

The loss evens Texas State’s record to 1-1 this spring while Rice improved to 5-1 overall this spring.

Texas State return to San Marcos on Thursday, Feb. 12 when the Bobcats play their first home match against St. Edwards.


Rice Owls 7, Texas State 0

Feb. 1 at Houston

Singles competition:

  1. Julie Chao (RICE) def. Ashley Ellis (TXSTW) 7-5, 6-4
  2. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Nyssa Peele (TXSTW) 6-0, 6-1
  3. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Lainy Chafitz (TXSTW) 6-0, 6-0
  4. Rebecca Lin (RICE) def. Kiki Kruse (TXSTW) 6-2, 6-4
  5. Varsha Shiva-Shankar (RICE) def. Mackenzie Farmer (TXSTW) 6-0, 6-0
  6. Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Amanda Alvarado (TXSTW) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:

  1. Julie Chao/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Ashley Ellis/Andrea Giraldo (TXSTW) 8-3
  2. Rebecca Lin/Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Lainy Chafitz/Kiki Kruse (TXSTW) 9-8 (7-3)
  3. Nyssa Peele/Mackenzie Farmer (TXSTW) def. Alex Rasch/Emily Braid (RICE) 9-8 (7-5)

Match Notes:

Texas State 1-1

Rice Owls 5-1; National ranking #69

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