Maria Cardenas

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Caracas, Venezuela

    High School:
    Colegio Los Anayanes

    Last College:
    Auburn

    Height:
    5-3

    Experience:
    1L

    Maria Cardenas

    05/08/2014

    Houston to Tussle With Texas in NCAA First Round

    The Cougars aim to claim their third NCAA Tournament win in program history

    04/19/2014

    Houston to Clash With USF for American Title

    The Cougars aim to claim the first-ever AAC title and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998

    04/18/2014

    UH Battles Rutgers for Spot in Championship Match

    The Cougars aim to win their sixth straight contest and clinch their spot in the conference championship match

    04/17/2014

    Houston Begins Championship Journey with Cincinnati

    The Cougars aim to claim their fifth straight victory and advance to the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals

    04/14/2014

    No. 27 Houston to Recognize Three on Senior Day

    Seniors Celia Fraser, Dionne Sanders, and Jo Garvey will be honored before Tuesday's match

    2013-14 Match-By-Match


    CAREER HONORS
    ITA Scholar Athlete (2014)


    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    SOPHOMORE (2013-14)

    Finished 2013-14 with an overall record of 22-11, while going 16-8 in dual play in her first season with the Cougars...22 overall victories and 16 dual wins both ranked third best on the squad...went 7-3 from the No. 3 spot and 1-0 from the No. 2 spot...ranked fourth on team in overall doubles victories with 16 (16-11)...one of three Cardenas action shotCougars to eclipse 20-plus win mark...went 3-1 vs. conference foes...was the only Cougars to claim a singles victory in UH's American Athletic Championship match vs. USF on April 20...won seven straight matches from Nov. 4, 2013 - Feb. 8, 2014...won five of last six matches to end the season...won six straight doubles matches from Feb. 28- March 25, 2014...One of five Cougars to earn ITA Scholar Athlete status...Posted a 6-3 singles record and a 4-4 doubles mark in the fall...was the flight three champion of the hometown Tennis Express Houston Open, with straight set wins over Iowa State, Kansas, and Lamar...paired with Celia Fraser to win the back draw at the NSU Fall Lady Demon Invite with a tiebreak victory over the pair of Larina/Williams from the host team...claimed the flight three singles title at the Cougar Classic, after downing Lamar's Carolina Maso, 6-2, 7-5, in straight sets...she went 3-0 overall on the weekend without dropping a single set.

    PRIOR TO HOUSTON
    Played her freshman season at Auburn, posting a combined record of 20-8 in limited action... went a perfect 7-0 in singles and doubles play in dual match action... posted records of 13-5 and 7-3 in singles and doubles play, respectively, during the fall tournament season.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Attended high school at Colegio Los Anayanes where she was voted Senior of the Year... won her first professional doubles title in April 2012 while playing as an amateur in her hometown.

    PERSONAL
    Full name is Maria Andrea Cardenas... born on Dec. 16, 1994, in Caracas, Venezuela... daughter of Juan Cardenas and Carmen Conti... has one brother, Juan... volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House in Caracas... wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist upon graduation... enjoys playing soccer and listening to music in her free time.

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