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Rice claims C-USA tennis championship

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HOUSTON -- Top-seeded Rice defeated No. 2 Tulsa, 4-1, Sunday to win its first Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship since 2006 and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Owls won two doubles matches to claim the first point.

In singles, Rice got wins from Kimberly Anicete at No. 5, Dominique Harmath at No. 2 to take a 3-0 lead. Michelle Farley won at No. 3 to get Tulsa's first point. Katie Gater beat Saana Saarteiner 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 to clinch the title for Rice.

MEMPHIS MEN WIN: No. 2 seed Memphis beat top seed and two-time defending champion Tulsa, 4-2, Sunday to win its first C-USA Men's Championship. The Tigers, playing at home, get the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, their second straight trip to the national tournament.

The Tigers, ranked No. 35, won the doubles point and won at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles at Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center to extend their winning streak to seven.

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