Jan. 15, 2013
HOUSTON - The Patrick Sullivan era of the University of Houston women's tennis program got off to an impressive start on Tuesday afternoon, as the Cougars posted a 5-1 rout of No. 59 Stephen F. Austin at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club.
Sullivan, who spent the previous two seasons as head coach of SFA, guided the Cougars to their first victory over a ranked program since March 22, 2008, when Houston defeated No. 40 Louisville.
Houston dominated singles play against the Ladyjacks, winning five of six matches, including four in straight sets.
Martin Fernandez, a product of Madrid, Spain, made quick work of SFA's Margot de Haan at the No. 3 position, posting a 6-1, 6-0 decision for her first victory in the Scarlet and White.
After dropping the opening game in a marathon, Kordolaimi strung together five-straight games to take a demanding 5-1 lead in the first set at the top spot. The Ladyjacks' Malena Gordo fought back to cut the lead to 5-3, but Kordolaimi blanked her opponent in the decisive game and carried that over to the second set with a 6-0 rout.
Junior Dionne Sanders followed with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Laura Servise at the No. 6 position to put Houston up 3-0, while fellow junior Celia Fraser overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second set for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Julia Lorca to clinch the match.
The lone senior on the squad, Maja Kazimieruk, turned in a gutsy effort, overcoming a first set loss and a 3-1 deficit in the second frame for a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(5) win over Valeria Terentyeva to round out the Houston scoring.
The Cougars return to action this weekend at the HEB Invitational in Waco, Texas.
Houston 5, #59 Stephen F. Austin, 1
1. Elena Kordolaimi (UH) def. Malena Gordo (SFA), 6-3, 6-0
2. Celia Fraser (UH) def. Julia Lorca (SFA), 6-4, 6-4
3. Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH) def. Margot de Haan (SFA), 6-1, 6-0
4. Kateryna Bugayenko (SFA) def. Charlotte Phillips (UH), 7-6(7), 6-4
5. Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Valeria Terentyeva (SFA), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(5)
6. Dionne Sanders (UH) def. Laura Servise (SFA), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,1,6,2*,5,4