Tina Rupert clinched the match for Houston
March 22, 2014
DALLAS--- For the second consecutive day, the Cougars came out and dominated from the very first serve, taking down in-state rival SMU 5-2, Saturday afternoon in Dallas.
For Houston (13-3, 3-0 The American), the win marked its first-ever victory at SMU (6-10, 2-3 The American) and the first win over the Mustangs since Feb. 21, 1998, snapping what was a 10-match losing skid.
"SMU is an extremely talented team who is finally healthy after being injured all season and challenged us on every court," said head coach Patrick Sullivan. "We expected a very competitive match and played it as if it were the conference semifinals in Florida in a month, which today very well may have been a preview of."
"On a personal note, the entire team has had this one circled on the calendar for some time and take a lot of pride in ending SMU's streak against the Cougars and starting a new streak of our own. Overall, I'm very proud of the effort today."
The Cougars made a statement early, as Despoina Vogasari and Elena Kordolaimi teamed up to take the doubles matchup on court one, 8-4, while Maria Cardenas and Tina Rupert took down SMU's Holly Verner and Hristina Dishkova, 8-4 on court two to secure the overall doubles point and the 1-0 lead.
With Houston up 1-0, Vogasari (18-5) kept the positive momentum rolling in singles play, as she brought home the win from the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-4 over Vaszilisza Bulgakova.
Kordolaimi (12-5) then put the Cougars in a dominating position, as she earned a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Hristina Dishkova on court two to sport UH the 3-0 advantage.
Moments later, Rupert (15-6) fittingly locked things up for Houston, as she earned a straight set 6-3, 6-4 victory over Yana Erkeeva from the No. 4 spot, as she's represented the clinching point for the Cougars in two straight matches and five Houston's last eight victories overall.
The Cougars would eventually tack on one more before winning by the final of 5-2.
Houston will get back to work on Tuesday, when it returns home to take on UAB at 10:00 a.m. CT out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.
No. 24 Houston 5, SMU 2
1. #80 Despoina Vogasari (HOU) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Dasha Sharapova (SMU) def. Maria Cardenas (HOU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
4. Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
5.Charlotte Phillips (HOU) def. Macie Elliott (SMU) 7-5, 3-6, 10-4
6.Anna Kate Anderson (SMU) def. Rocio Martin (HOU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
1. Despoina Vogasari/Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Dasha Sharapova (SMU) 8-4
2. Maria Cardenas/Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Holly Verner/Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 8-4
3. Yana Erkeeva/Macie Elliott (SMU) def. Rocio Martin/Charlotte Phillips (HOU) 8-5