April 6, 2014
HOUSTON--- In a marathon match that lasted three hours and sixteen minutes, it was junior Elena Kordolaimi's heroic 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 come-from-behind victory on court two that lifted the Cougars to a 4-2 win over No. 31 DePaul, Sunday afternoon out at the Chancellors Racquet Club.
After cruising to a 6-3 set one victory over DePaul's 125th ranked Patricia Fargas, things got a little more interesting, as Fargas battled her way back to earn a gritty 7-6 set two win, even after Kordolaimi had her at match point on two separate occasions.
With momentum on DePaul's side heading into the third and deciding set, Kordolaimi fell behind 0-2, before digging deep to take the next two games to lock things up at 2-2.
But the roller coaster ride would continue, as Fargas then claimed three consecutive games to take a dominating 5-2 advantage in the third set. However, Kordolaimi responded with the most improbable comeback of the season, as she took each of the next five games to clinch her sixth straight victory of the season and Houston's fifth ranked win on the year.
For Houston (16-4), the victory notched its 11th (11-1) home win of the year, which are already the most home victories the Cougars have claimed since winning 13 home contests during the 2005-06 campaign. Houston has also won seven straight home affairs, which is the longest such streak since also collecting seven consecutive wins during the 2010-11 campaign.
The Cougars struck first in this one, as freshman Tina Rupert (19-6) took care of DePaul's Jasmin Kling in straight sets on court three, 6-0, 6-4 to earn her sixth consecutive win of the season to put UH up 1-0.
Freshman Despoina Vogasari (21-6) then earned her team-leading fourth ranked victory of the season, as she defeated No. 97 Ana Vladutu 6-3, 6-4 from the No. 1 spot to sport the Cougars a commanding 2-0 advantage.
But the Blue Demons quickly countered, earning victories on courts six and four to equalize things at 2-2.
Then the drama would begin, as sophomore Rocio Martin (11-5) rose to the occasion from the No. 5 spot, grinding out a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win to put Houston in the driver's seat, up 3-2.
That match victory set up Kordolaimi's clutch performance, which ended things in a 4-2 Houston win. Due to travel issues the two sides agreed not to play the doubles portion of the match.
The Cougars will get back to work quickly, as they'll play host to in-state foe Texas State, Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. CT out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.
Match Notes: Elena Kordolaimi has clinched both of Houston's highest ranked victories this season in No. 31 DePaul today and No. 17 Tulsa back on March 1...Kordolaimi also improves to 1-1 vs. ranked individuals this season...Houston improves to 3-0 all-time vs. DePaul and 2-0 all-time at home vs. the Blue Demons...Despoina Vogasari is just three victories shy from ninth place on Houston's all-time single-season dual match victories list (Kami Miller, 20-5 in 2006, Susanne Anderson, 20-4 in 1997).
No. 33 Houston 4, No. 31 DePaul 2
- #92 Despoina Vogasari (HOU) def. #97 Ana Vladutu (DEPAUL) 6-3, 6-4
- Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. #125 Patricia Fargas (DEPAUL) 6-3, 6-7, 7-5
- Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Jasmin Kling (DEPAUL) 6-0, 6-4
- Kelsey Lawson (DEPAUL) def. Maria Cardenas (HOU) 7-5, 7-6
- Rocio Martin (HOU) def. Zaina Sufi (DEPAUL) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
- Rebeca Mitrea (DEPAUL) def. Charlotte Phillips (HOU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,1,6,4,5,2*
Did not play