Maria Cardenas

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Caracas, Venezuela

    High School:
    Colegio Los Anayanes

    Last College:
    Auburn

    Height:
    5-3

    Experience:
    1L

    Maria  Cardenas

    02/28/2015

    Cougars Earn Two Victories on Saturday

    No. 39 Houston rallies past No. 36 Brown, ends day with win over UConn

    02/26/2015

    Houston Heads East Looking to Increase Win Streak

    No. 39 Cougars match up with No. 36 Brown, UConn on Saturday

    02/22/2015

    Late Rallies Lift Houston over Utah, 4-2

    Rupert, Cardenas earn crucial points as Cougars down third Pac-12 opponent

    02/20/2015

    Cougars Earn Hard-Fought Win over Missouri, 4-2

    Houston earns first program victory over Tigers

    02/14/2015

    Houston Drops Heartbreaker to Kansas, 4-3

    Kordolaimi wins career-best 10th straight match

    2013-14 Match-By-Match


    CAREER HONORS
    ITA Scholar Athlete (2014)


    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    JUNIOR (2014-15)

    Went 7-4 in singles competition in the fall, including a five-match winning streak from Sept. 13-27... Defeated opponents from Arkansas and Kansas in straight sets at the CCLR Collegiate Invitational... Won three straight matches at the Rice Invite to advance to the finals of her flight... Won her semifinal match at Rice, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-4 over Elizabeth Thoms of UT-Arlington... Went 2-2 at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional, with victories over opponents from UT-Arlington and Texas State... Tallied a 4-2 doubles record, including a flight victory at the CCLR Collegiate Invitational... Teamed with Tina Ruper to beat opponents from Oklahoma State, Kansas and Ole Miss at the event, including an 8-4 triumph over Marija Milutinovic and Allie Robbins of Mississippi in the final... Teamed with Angela Lorenzo at the Rice Invite, with a win over Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Mary Wright of SMU, 8-5.

    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.

    Career Highs at Houston (as of 12/23/14)
    Highest Ranked Win --- ---
    Record vs. Ranked Individuals --- ---
    Most Wins in a Season 22 2013-14
    Most Wins in a Season (Dual Play) 16 2013-14
    Most Doubles Wins in a Season 16 2013-14
    Most Doubles Wins in a Season (Dual Play) 12 2013-14
    Longest Singles Win Streak 7 2013-14
    Longest Doubles Win Streak 6 2013-14
    Highest National Ranking --- ---
    Highest Position Played No. 2 ---

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