Feb. 10, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The University of Houston women's tennis team registered a 6-1 victory over Texas State on Sunday afternoon for its second road victory of the weekend to improve to 6-2 this season.
"We came out strong and played our best doubles point of the season and that really set the tone for the match," head coach Patrick Sullivan said. "Despite the lopsided looking final score, this was a very even match and there were no easy points. Texas State is a proud and well-coached team that has always impressed me with their grit. I am really proud of the way that we came out focused and every time we were pushed, we pushed back a little harder."
Celia Fraser and Maja Kazimieruk opened doubles play in dominant fashion, blanking the Bobcat duo of Baldree and Pieratt, 8-0, while the Cougar tandem of Rocio Martin Fernandez and Charlotte Phillips followed up with an 8-2 rout of Kahts and Rojas to clinch the opening point.
Fraser carried her stellar play over to singles, putting the Cougars up 2-0 in the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Melissa Hadad at the No. 2 position for her fourth victory of the spring.
After Texas State cut the Houston lead in half with a victory at the No. 6 position, Elena Kordolaimi broke through at the top spot with a 6-2, 7-6(4) defeat of Jessica Kahts to push the Cougar advantage to 3-1.
Martin Fernandez sealed the win for the Cougars with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Rachel Baldree at the No. 3 position to push her dual match record to 6-1, while Philips improved to 6-2 this season with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Monica Pieratt at the No. 4 spot.
Kazimieruk rounded out the scoring for the Cougars, rallying from a 5-1 deficit in the first set to top Mariana Perez by a score of 7-5, 7-6(4). By reeling off six straight wins in the opening set and winning the tiebreaker in the second, Kazimieruk stayed perfect on the season with an 8-0 mark.
"I don't just say this every season with my current team, but this is one of my favorite teams ever to coach," Sullivan continued. "When it comes to quality of character, they are really without peer. The one area in which we have been deficient is toughness from start to finish, but today we showed the team we could be when we toughen up and worry more about the process than the outcome. If we can continue to do this, this can be a really special season."
The Cougars will remain on the road, taking on North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast next weekend.
Houston 6, Texas State 1
1. Martin Fernandez/Phillips (UH) def. Kahts/Rojas (TXST), 8-2
2. Garvey/Kordolaimi (UH) vs. Hadad/Perez (TXST), unf.
3. Fraser/Kazimieruk (UH) def. Baldree/Pieratt (TXST), 8-0
Order of Finish: 3,1*
1. Elena Kordolaimi (UH) def. Jessica Kahts (TXST), 6-2, 7-6(4)
2. Celia Fraser (UH) def. Melissa Hadad (TXST), 6-2, 6-4
3. Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH) def. Rachel Baldree (TXST), 6-3, 6-2
4. Charlotte Phillips (UH) def. Monica Pieratt (TXST), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
5. Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Mariana Perez (TXST), 7-5, 7-6(4)
6. Berenice Van Den Bergh (TXST) def. Dionne Sanders (UH), 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,6,1,3*,4,5