Maja Kazimieruk won her first-career match at the top position to improve to 18-3 this spring
April 15, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's tennis team played its final tuneup prior to hosting this week's Conference USA Championship, posting a 6-1 victory over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday at John E. Hoff Courts.
"Senior Day is always a really special time," head coach Patrick Sullivan said. "Both of these girls are great tennis players and even better human beings and I regret not having been able to coach them for longer.
Hunter racked up 84 combined wins in three stellar seasons for the Cougars before missing her final season with an injury.
"Bryony will go down as one of the top tennis players in this program's recent history and it's a shame that injury cut her career short," Sullivan said. "I do wish I would have had the chance to coach her, but it has been a pleasure getting to know her and having her around this year.
Kazimieruk currently ranks 10th in Houston history with 89 singles victories and has won 72 percent (57-22) of her matches in dual play.
"With Maja, I don't want to say she came out of nowhere because she has had a nice college career, but she has put together one of the best senior years in school history and I don't think anyone expected that, Sullivan said.
"Not every player is for every coach and vice-versa and you never know what you're going to get when you inherit someone else's team. With Maja, even though we did not choose each other we are a nearly perfect combination of personalities and styles. I am so pleased for the great year she has had and equally thankful for the huge contribution she has made.
"(Associate AD) Rob Stewart and I were scheming this afternoon trying to find an extra year of eligibility for her à la Case Keenum, but unfortunately it's not going to happen. We will be able to fill her spot in the lineup with a more highly-touted recruit, but it's not an exaggeration when I tell you she's one of the best competitors I have ever coached and that, as well as the effect it has on the rest of the team, will be nearly impossible to replace."
When the match began, the Cougars wasted little time in clinching the opening doubles point, as Elena Kordolaimi and Jo Garvey cruised past Moore and Bond by a score of 8-1 and Kazimieruk and Fraser continued one of the greatest seasons in history togethger with an 8-1 victory over Daniels and Ndlovu at the No. 3 spot for the duo's 13th-consecutive win to improve to 15-2 this spring.
Kordolaimi opened singles play in the same fashion, defeating Lerato Ndlovu by a score of 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 2 position, while Charlotte Phillips put Houston up 3-0 in the match with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Jade Daniels at the No. 4 spot.
Fittingly, Kazimieruk clinched the win for the Cougars in her first-career match at the No. 1 position, posting a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Brittany Harrell to improve to 18-3 this spring and a perfect 11-0 at home.
"A big 'thank you' goes to Coach John Cochran of Prairie View A&M," Sullivan said. "Coach Cochran bailed us out by scheduling this match last-minute after our senior day was rained out and I'm very appreciative to him and to his team for making the trip here today."
The Cougars open play at the 2013 C-USA Championship against Marshall at noon on Thursday.
Houston 6, Prairie View A&M 1
1. Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Brittany Harrell (PVAMU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Elena Kordolaimi (UH) def. Lerato Ndlovu (PVAMU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH) def. Christine Ngo Gwodog (PVAMU), 6-1, 6-3
4. Charlotte Phillips (UH) def. Jade Daniels (PVAMU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Dionne Sanders (UH) def. Danielle Moore (PVAMU), 6-2, 3-0, ret. inj.
6. Erika Bond (PVAMU) def. Gabriella Jansson (UH), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(8) Order of Finish: 2,4,1*,5,3,6
1. Martin Fernandez/Phillips (UH) def. Gwodog/Harrell (PVAMU), 8-5
2. Kordolaimi/Garvey (UH) def. Moore/Bond (PVAMU), 8-1
3. Kazimieruk/Fraser (UH) def. Daniels/Ndlovu (PVAMU), 8-1
Order of Finish: 2,3*,1