photo by Gilbert Sifuentes
1991-92 Lady Cougar TennisTeam
Amanda Barnett, Cathrine Bromfield,
Micheline Craw, Nathalie Parchois, Cecilia
Piedrahita, Patricia Riddell, Cynthia
Head Coach Cathy Beene, Assistant Coach
Jenny Mainz, Assistant Dr. Dale Pease
Lighting up the
Sam Houston St.
Southwest Texas St.
x^ecilia Piedrahita shows that she's worked on her
backhand. She, teamed with her brother are Ecuador's
national mixed doubles champions. Photo by Gilbert
W orking to get the high lob, freshman Nathalie
Parchois goes airborne. Photo by Gilbert Sifuentes.
/\manda Barnett concentrates on the ground shots.
In the tennis media guide, Barnett says she enjoys
running and journalism. An appropriate combination. Photo by Gilbert Sifuentes.
O porting a smart looking UH cap, Patricia
Riddell returns the volley. A South African native,
she came to Houston after a stint at UTEP. She has
earned singles and doubles honors. Photo by
KJne might not want to risk the deep waters of
ment of strong players.
But when Head Coach Cathy Beene put
together this years team, injuries took away
some of her best players.
"I'm not even making excuses. We had
three of our top six out this year with injuries.
That just killed us," she said. "You can't compete
in this conference let alone in the nationally level.
With the strength of schedule we had and having your number one, three and six players out,
it made for a very long
year for us.
"We have a very cred-
We have always been
somewhere between 20
and thirty nationally,"
said Beene. "This year
look at a record book
you don't see that you had three of your players
With perennial powerhouses like Texas,
Texas A&M and TCU, it's tough to win in this
conference, but the Cougars can still compete.
"We'll always have a tough time with
Texas and A&M. A tough conference makes
everybody equal. It justdependson whodoesn't
have injuries that year," she said.
One person who wasn't injured was
senior Patricia Riddell. She played well and
succeeded academically as well.
'Trish had a pretty good year. She was
very good in both singles and doubles. She had
some very good wins against some nationally
ranked players," Beene said. "She was hindered
in doubles play when our number one, the other
girl who played doubles with her in the Fall, had
a shoulder injury."
Adecision to team her with sophomore
Cecilia Piedrahita was made and some positive
young tennis team
results were made.
"We had to flip her partner and put
Cecilia with her. To their cnx\ it, in a twt) a nd ahali
month period, they nearly made the NCAA
Tournament. They had a great record, but they
were just short on numbers becauseof a lackol
time," said Beene.
Riddell also made points in the c lass
room. She's made the dean's lisl every year she
has attended UI I. This year she also won the
NCAA Woman of the Year Award for the Uni-
academic and athletic
achievements ,uk\ also
nominates her far a na
tional Woman of the Year
Riddell is nationally
ranked (number 74 out
of 100 NCAA players)
and with Piedrahita,
their doubles team went
12-5 this season.
"Cecilia was a Sophomore and made
tremendous strides this year in her game. She
also had some very good wins nationally as well
as in our region," Beene said. "She had an outside
shot at the NCAA's, but she had a couple of bad
losses at the end of the season that hurt her."
The team participated in several difficult matches with top ranked teams all over the
country and although the team lost more than it
won, several individual performances kx)ked
"We had a pretty good fall when we had
our whole team here. At the North Carolina State
Tournament we played pretty well," said Beene.
"We won the doubles. Trish finished third in her
"We've got a ^xkI program ^nd h
had for a long time. We're probably going to be
tough again in two years," she said. We'll be good
next year, young, but we'll be good."-Michael
photo by Gilbert Sifuentes