Tina Rupert notched her eighth straight victory on Saturday
April 12, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas--- The Cougars dominated from the very beginning in this one, as they defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4-0, to earn their school record-setting ninth shutout victory of the season, Saturday afternoon out at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
For Houston (18-4), the win marks its second straight shutout win, while the 18 wins on the season are already the most since claiming 18 victories during the entire 2008-09 campaign.
"We knew coming in, this was going to be a dangerous match for us," said head coach Patrick Sullivan. "Believe me, we hadn't forgotten that they knocked us out of the national rankings at home a year ago, not to mention they're even a tougher team at home with 20 MPH winds."
"Needless to say, I did lose a little bit of sleep scheduling an away match in what I knew would be a great environment, against a team that is as tough as any in our region. We prepared well and we were set for the task today. It was a fantastic match day atmosphere with a big vocal crowd pushing us to our limits on the majority of the courts."
"Coach Moore and his staff is one of the best in the country, and their team is tough as nails. I feel like we're playing our best tennis of the year heading into the tournament."
Rocio Martin got things started for Houston, as she collected a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over Cassie Shaw on court six, recording her third straight victory.
With the Cougars up 1-0, Maria Cardenas served up a convincing performance of her own, notching her 6-4, 6-1 straight set victory over Sandra Burges from the No. 5 spot to put Houston up 2-0 overall.
Then it was Despoina Vogasari who came through from the No. 1 position, as she took down Stefania Nicolae, 6-4, 6-1 to put the Cougars on the brink of victory.
Fellow freshman teammate Tina Rupert then fittingly finished things off, as she clinched the match for Houston with a 7-5, 6-1 victory on court three to record her eighth straight victory. She has now clinched six of Houston's last 13 match victories.
Since the match was already decided, both sides agreed to suspend play.
The Cougars now head back home to take part in their regular season finale, next Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. CT vs. Prairie View A&M out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts. Seniors Celia Fraser and Dionne Sanders will also be recognized for their hard work and dedication as a part of the "senior day" festivities.
No. 27 Houston 4, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 0
1. #93 Despoina Vogasari (HOU) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-4, 6-1
2. Judit Vives (AMCC) vs. Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) 1-6, 5-3, unfinished
3. Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Maider Martin (AMCC) 7-5, 6-1
4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) vs. Celia Fraser (HOU) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
5. Maria Cardenas (HOU) def. Sandra Burges (AMCC) 6-4, 6-1
6. Rocio Martin (HOU) def. Cassie Shaw (AMCC) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6,5,1,3*
Did not play