HOUSTON – The No. 25 Sun Devil women's tennis team (6-3) ended its trip to Houston, Texas, with a 5-2 loss to Rice Sunday afternoon. ASU dropped the doubles point, but five-of-six singles matches went to a third set or tiebreaker and the Sun Devils celebrated tandem Sammi Hampton/Marianna Argyrokastriti earning their seventh consecutive doubles win to remain undefeated.
After Turkovic/Morlet fell 6-3 on court two, Argyrokastriti/Hampton defeated Rice's Bowtell/V Smirnova 6-4 on court three. The doubles point was decided on court one where No. 50 John-Baptiste/Hattingh fell to Rice's Budin/El Jardi, 6-3.
After dropping courts six and four, the Sun Devils didn't have enough in the tank to complete the comeback and erase the Owls' 3-0 lead. No. 37 Ilze Hattingh defeated Rice's Victoria Smirnova 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, and Argyrokastriti defeated Maria Budin 7-6, 6-7, 1-0, but No. 115 Sammi Hampton, Lauryn John-Baptiste, and Giulia Morlet each fell in their third sets.
The Sun Devils open Pac-12 play at home against Oregon on Friday, Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m. MST at the Whiteman Tennis Center. There is no public attendance permitted.
2/28/2021 at Houston, TX
(George R. Brown Tennis Center)
Rice 5, #25 Arizona State 2
1. #37 Hattingh,Ilze (ASU) def. Victoria Smirnova (RICE) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
2. Michaela Haet (RICE) def. #115 Hampton,Sammi (ASU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4
3. Federica Trevisan (RICE) def. John-Baptiste,Lauryn (ASU) 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Anna Bowtell (RICE) def. Morlet,Giulia (ASU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
5. Argyrokastriti,M (ASU) def. Maria Budin (RICE) 7-6 (11-9), 6-7, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Diae El Jardi (RICE) def. Jankowski,Cali (ASU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Maria Budin/Diae El Jardi (RICE) def. #50 Hattingh,Ilze/John-Baptiste,Lauryn (ASU) 6-3
2. Michaela Haet/Federica Trevisan (RICE) def. Morlet,Giulia/Turkovic,Domenika (ASU) 6-3
3. Argyrokastriti,M/Hampton,Sammi (ASU) def. Anna Bowtell/Victoria Smirnova (RICE) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,2,5)