Houston Cruises Past UTSA in Season Opener
Jan. 24, 2014
HOUSTON--- The Cougars couldn't have asked for a much better start to the 2014 spring season, as Houston dominated throughout, blanking UTSA 5-0, Friday afternoon at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Center.
The 5-0 win marks Houston's first shutout of an opponent since blanking Western Michigan 7-0 on March 15, 2013, while it was also the first time the Cougars have pitched a shutout in a season opener since defeating Sam Houston State 7-0 in the 2010 opener.
Senior Celia Fraser earned Houston's first point of the season in dramatic fashion, defeating Miriam Rosell Canudas 6-4, 2-6, 10-8, from the No. 2 spot, as she rallied from a late 7-3 deficit in the final set to earn the game and the match.
With Houston already up 1-0, it was sophomore Maria Andrea Cardenas who would come through next from the No. 3 position, putting the Cougars up 2-0, as she defeated Isabelle Jonsson 6-1, 4-6, 10-2, at one point holding a commanding 8-0 advantage in third set before finishing the deal.
Freshman phenom Despoina Vogasari took care of business, taking down Jacoba Junger 7-5, 6-3, in straight sets from the No. 1 position, while junior Charlotte Phillips quickly followed suit in the No. 4 spot, making quick work of Nicole Karaklis (6-4, 6-1), to clinch the contest for the Cougars.
But it was freshman Tina Rupert in the No. 6 spot, who turned in the most impressive performance of the afternoon, dismantling Irene Gonzalez Gandara 6-0, 6-1 in dominating fashion, to score Houston's fifth and final point on the day.
The Cougars and Roadrunners didn't play the doubles portion of the match due to time constraints as well.
Houston will look to earn its second straight win on Sunday, when it hosts New Mexico at 11:00 a.m. CT on the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.
Match Notes: Houston now improves to 30-6 all-time in season openers and 21-4 all-time in home season openers...Cougars are now 11-2 in their last 13 season openers and 2-0 under head coach Patrick Sullivan...UH is now 20-1 all-time vs. UTSA and has won 13 straight vs. the Roadrunners going back to the 1992 campaign...Houston is now 14-1 all-time vs. UTSA at home...today marked the sixth time Houston has blanked UTSA all-time, while it was also the second shutout of the Roadrunners within the last three meetings.
Houston 5, UTSA 0
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1, 4*, 6
Did not play