Southern 4, McNeese State 3No. 61 BYU 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0Rice 7, Lamar 0 The Owls swept through the singles matches, all in straight sets. Beazant defeated Ivanovic in the No.1 spot, 6-2, 6-2. In the No. 6 slot, Savannah Durkin worked past Elfving, 6-2, 6-1, and Maso fell to Zimmerman in the No.3 spot to give Rice a 4-0 lead. No. 21 Rice (1-0) jumped up early when LU’s (0-1) Carolina Maso and Andrea Ivanovic fell to Natalie Beazant and Liat Zimmerman, 5-3. Anna Spengler and Stephanie Marchena lost to Alison Ho and Lindsey Hodge, 6-3, and Katya Lapayeva and Hanna Elfving dropped their doubles set to Stephanie Nguyen and Katherin Ip, 6-2. “We played a very good team today,” Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. “I thought we had good energy at the beginning and competed very hard. We have to bounce back with that same energy after we lose a tough doubles point. We have to get all six girls fully committed to play with high energy and to play the right style.” “This team will be fine,” Moore added. “They have great heart and character, and I look forward to our next opportunity to compete.” McNeese (0-1) will be back in action on Sunday as it takes on LSU with first serve slated for a noon start at W.T “Dub” Robinson Stadium in Baton Rouge. Brett was defeated by Southern’s Laura Syori in the No. 2 position by a 6-1, 0-6, 6-7 (6) score while Vivien Borbely lost to Gabrielle Moore 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 3 spot. Trubich fell to Amanda Materre 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the fourth spot. The No. 6 position was awarded to the Lady Jaguars by default. – Return to top – No. 21 Rice 7, Lamar 0HOUSTON, Texas – Nationally-ranked Rice swept the Lamar women’s tennis team, 7-0, on Saturday at the George R. Brown Tennis Center in the Lady Cardinals’ 2015 season opener. Rodriguez, Dzinic and Vives were all battling strong on the other three singles courts when the match was concluded. Rodriguez was ahead 6-2, 5-4 over Sheehan-Dizon in No. 3 singles, while Dzinic, in her first career match, was heading into the second. The Subotica, Serbia native came up short in the first set, 7-6 (7) in No. 2 singles. Vives, a 2014 First Team All-Southland honoree was tied with Jones at 2-2 in the second set after falling 6-3 in the first set in No. 1 singles. – Return to top – The Cougars (1-0) jumped out to a strong start after securing the doubles point on courts one and two. The pair of Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat topped Rodriguez and Maider Martin, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles. BYU then captured the point after the Islanders’ (0-1) duo of senior Chelsea Horan and Dzinic dropped a 6-1 loss to Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware in No. 2 doubles. In the other doubles match of the day, sophomores Judit Vives and Kerry Galhos were even with Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson at 3-3. McNeese struggled in singles play during the afternoon with only two Cowgirls picking up wins against their opponents. On Court 1, Kral defeated Darnesha Moore 6-2, 6-3. The win was Kral’s first career victory in the No. 1 singles spot. Senior Andreea Nenu scored a victory in the fifth spot in three sets with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win against Taylor. BYU carried over its momentum into singles play registering three straight wins to pick up its first victory of the season. Anderson tallied a 6-2, 6-1 win over Galhos in No. 6 singles while Martin fell to Miclat in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5 in No. 4 singles. Martin led the second set 5-3 before Miclat rallied back. The Cougars then clinched the match after Ware defeated Horan, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 5 slot. – Return to top – Southern 4, McNeese State 3BATON ROUGE, La. – The McNeese women’s tennis team fell short in their season opener on Saturday as Southern University picked up a 4-3 victory over the Cowgirls. No. 61 BYU 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s tennis team dropped a tough loss today to No. 61-ranked BYU, 4-0, in the season opener in Houston. Junior Celia Rodriguez was ahead 6-2, 5-4 in No. 3 singles when the match was clinched while freshman Jelena Dzinic was headed into the second set in a very close match in No. 2 singles. Both the Islanders men’s and women’s teams will return to action when they host Maryland Baltimore County on Friday, Jan. 23, for the second straight year at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. This time though the teams will meet for a doubleheader starting at 9 a.m., with the second match slated for 3 p.m. The No. 5 spot had Hodge with a win over Teodora Stefanovic, 6-2, 6-1. Spengler fell to Ho in the fourth slot, 6-1, 6-2, and Ip rounded it out in the second spot with a win over Lapayeva, 6-2, 6-4. The Lady Cardinals return home on Sunday to take on UTSA at 11 o’clock in the Thompson Family Tennis Center. The Cowgirls started the match with an early lead after taking two of the three doubles matches. The team Hannah Brett and Julia Kral defeated Southern’s Darnesha Moore and Gabrielle Moore 6-3 while the combo of Anastasija Trubich and Vivien Borbely took a 6-4 decision over Kendall Bunch and Morgan Taylor. The Lady Jaguars picked up the default win in the No. 3 spot.