April 9, 2014
HOUSTON--- The Cougars earned their school record-equaling eighth shutout win of the season, as they cruised past Texas State, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.
For Houston (17-4), the win marks its eighth straight home victory and 12th home win overall (12-1), which are both the most since the 2005-06 season. Six of the Cougars' last nine victories have now been shutouts, as the next blanking of an opponent will be the new school record for shutouts in a single season.
Houston was in control from the very beginning, as Despoina Vogasari and Elena Kordolaimi teamed up to earn an 8-2 doubles victory on court one, before Maria Cardenas and Tina Rupert followed that up with an even more convincing 8-1 win on court two, claiming the doubles point for the Cougars.
With Houston already up 1-0, Cardenas easily took care of Texas State's Shannon Beckett from the No. 5 spot, defeating her in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Then the always-reliable Rupert put the Cougars up 3-0, as she earned a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over Ana Laura Gutierrez from the No. 2 spot. The win also marked her team-leading tying seventh consecutive victory.
Rocio Martin quickly followed suit, as she clinched the match for Houston with a 6-2, 6-2 victory from the No. 5 spot.
Celia Fraser then added on, defeating Eva Dench, 7-5, 6-2 from the No. 4 position, before Kordolaimi notched her seventh straight win from the No. 2 spot, taking down Monica Pieratt, 6-4, 6-2 to make it a 6-0 Houston advantage.
Then it was Vogasari who completed the shutout attempt for the Cougars, as she upended Jessica Kahts, 7-5, 6-3 from the No. 1 position.
The Cougars will get back after it this Saturday, as they'll play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon, in what will be the final road match of the regular season.
Match Notes: With her win, Despoina Vogasari (22-6, 18-3 Dual) is just two wins away from moving into ninth place on the school's all-time single-season dual match victories list (Kami Miller, 20-5 in 2006, Susanne Anderson, 20-4 in 1997)....Tina Rupert (20-6, 15-3 Dual) notched her 20th win of the season today, she and Vogasari now each of 20-plus wins on the season...the Cougars improve to 19-1 all-time vs. Texas State and 16-0 all-time at home vs. the Bobcats...UH has now won 12 straight overall over the Bobcats...Houston has blanked Texas State seven times in series history.
No. 27 Houston 7, Texas State 0
- #93 Despoina Vogasari (HOU) def. Jessica Kahts (TXST) 7-5, 6-3
- Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. Monica Pieratt (TXST) 6-4, 6-2
- Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Ana Laura Gutierrez (TXST) 6-2, 6-2
- Celia Fraser (HOU) def. Eva Dench (TXST) 7-5, 6-2
- Maria Cardenas (HOU) def. Shannon Beckett (TXST) 6-2, 6-0
- Rocio Martin (HOU) def. Katy Collins (TXST) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5,3,6*,4,2,1
- Despoina Vogasari/Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. Jessica Kahts/Ana Laura Gutierrez (TXST) 8-2
- Maria Cardenas/Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Monica Pieratt/Shannon Beckett (TXST) 8-1
- Rocio Martin/Charlotte Phillips (HOU) vs. Eva Dench/B. Van den Bergh (TXST) 5-5, unfinished
Order of Finish: 1,2