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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19267.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19267

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Transcript Journey to the Top Injuries, inexperience and a demanding schedule took their toll on the Lady Cougars Tennis Team. The team finished 10-11 in dual matches under second year Head Coach Cathy Beene, including a 4-4 mark against Southwest Conference opponents. The Lady Cougars faced seven teams which were ranked in the nation's top 20 in the season. Beene defended her strategy of schedule top-caliber competition. "We're going to get better by playing top teams," she said. The team lost dual meets against Trinity, Duke, Pepperdine, Brigham Young, SMU and Texas, finished fourth in its host tournament, the Cougar Classic, and lost to TCU in the first round of the Southwest Conference Tournament. The team leader was senior Kathy Foxworth, a preseason Ail-American. Foxworth compiled a 23-8 overall record in singles play, including a 12-4 mark in dual meets, and was ranked 21st in the nation at season's end. She posted some impressive wins early in the season against several nationally ranked players while playing in the #1 singles position. In a dual match against Texas on March 30, Foxworth battled UT's Anne Grousbeck, ranked third in the nation among collegians at the time, for three exciting sets. After losing the first set 6- 3, Foxworth used her serve and volley game to win a second set tiebreaker and even the match before losing a close final set 7-5. Unfortunately a nagging back injury continued to hamper her play and ultimately forced her to miss three weeks late in the season. She returned in time for the Southwest Conference Tournament but was not at top form in a 6-2, 7- 6 loss to TCU's Rene Simpson. Foxworth finished her career with a first round loss in the NCAA Championships. Her 70-18 career singles record represents the third highest number of wins ever by a player. She has since turned professional. In addition to her impressive singles record, Foxworth teamed with junior Stina Almgren to form one of the nation's best collegiate doubles teams. The two combined for a 13-2 doubles record in dual meets and were ranked as high as fifth in the nation during the season. Almgren, a native of Sweden who enjoyed remarkable success as a freshman two years ago, was battling back from a shoulder injury that had sidelined her for most of the 1987 season. "Not having played very much my sophomore year made me mentally rusty," she said. "It's kind of frustrating because you know that you can play a lot better." Almgren compiled an 11-10 singles dual meet record. Her record suffered when Foxworth was out of the lineup because Almgren was forced to take her place as the #1 singles player and consistently go up against the opposing school's top player. After compiling a 10- 6 record playing #2 singles, she was only 1-4 as the lead player. Foxworth's injury affected the entire team. Not only were they missing their on-and-off-court leader and a player who could usually be counted on for two victories (singles and doubles) in a dual continued 168 University of Houston meet, but her absence forced each player to move a notch and face tougher competition. Two players who moved up in class to help the Lady Cougars were sophomores Candy Diepraam and Brigitte St. Hi- laire. Diepraam, whose parents are both teaching tennis professionals, won seven matches in a row late in the season to boost her dual meet record to 12-8 while playing #3 and #4 singles. St. Hilaire finished with a 12-9 mark, but her improvement through the season did not escape Coach Beene's notice. "She's playing a lot more consistent than she did earlier (in the year)," Beene said after St. Hilaire defeated TCU's Kris Clevengeth in the first round of the Southwest Conference Tournament. Freshmen Laura Hudson and Jenny Mainz gained valuable experience during their first collegiate season. Hudson played #3 and #2 singles and compiled a 9-12 dual match record which included the loss of four three-set matches. Mainz, meanwhile, won three of her last seven matches, all but one of which were three-setters, to finish with a 7-14 record. Freshman, Beth Disel, failed to win a set in her five matches. During the offseason, Beene signed several new players who should be able to help the returning nucleus next year. Among the newcomers are experience transfers from Texas A&M and Texas — San Antonio. — Mark Vinson Cougar freshman Jenny Mainz displays a winning form as she completes a match against Southwest Texas State's Tracy Martin. Mainz won the match in three sets. Photo by Richard Schmidt. Sports 169