April 15, 2014
HOUSTON--- The Cougars finished off the season just how they wanted to on Tuesday, as they earned a convincing 7-0 victory over Prairie View A&M on senior day, out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts to claim their season-high equaling fourth consecutive win.
For Houston (19-4), the win notches its 19th victory of the season, which is already the most wins since the Cougars claimed 20 victories during the 2006 campaign. The win also marks the squad's third straight shutout victory and its school-record 10th shutout win of the year.
Fittingly, it was senior Dionne Sanders who helped the Cougars claim their first victory of the afternoon, as she teamed up with Elena Kordolaimi to secure an 8-2 doubles victory on court three. Then it was Maria Cardenas and Tina Rupert who managed to pull off an 8-0 shutout victory on court one to clinch the doubles point for Houston.
Junior Charlotte Phillips quickly set the tone in singles play, racing her way to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over PVAMU's Paris Cunningham to put the Cougars up 2-0.
Cardenas then followed her lead; as she snatched a 6-0, 6-0 win from the No. 4 spot over Maria Lackey to put Houston on the brink of victory, up 3-0.
Not to be outdone, Rocio Martin quickly came through with Houston's third straight singles blanking; as she earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Payton Gore on court five to clinch the match for the Cougars.
Senior Celia Fraser then pushed across her final home victory of her career, defeating Sydney Thomas, 6-0, 6-1 to extend the UH advantage to 5-0.
Then the always-reliable Tina Rupert notched her team-leading ninth straight victory in her first college start at the No. 2 spot, defeating Donielle Richard 6-0, 6-0 to push things up to 6-0.
Last but not least, Elena Kordolaimi sealed the deal with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Taylor LeFridge., marking her seventh straight singles victory.
Houston now looks ahead to Friday, where it'll take on either eighth-seeded Cincinnati or ninth-seeded Connecticut at 8:00 a.m. CT in the quarterfinal round of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in Tampa, Florida.
Match Notes: Seniors Jo Garvey, Celia Fraser, and Dionne Sanders combined to win 120 matches during their Houston careers...UH recorded shutouts in four of seven singles matches today, including an 8-0 win on court one in doubles play...19 victories for the Cougars this season is just four wins away from equaling the school-best mark of 23 wins back in 1990...Cougars improve to 8-0 all-time vs. Prairie View A&M, while seven of the all-time wins have been shutouts...UH has outscored PVAMU 58-1 in the all-time series.
No. 32 Houston 7, Prairie View A&M 0
- Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. Taylor LeFridge (PVAMU) 6-3, 6-1
- Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Donielle Richard (PVAMU) 6-0, 6-0
- Celia Fraser (HOU) def. Sydney Thomas (PVAMU) 6-0, 6-1
- Maria Cardenas (HOU) def. Maria Lackey (PVAMU) 6-0, 6-0
- Rocio Martin (HOU) def. Payton Gore (PVAMU) 6-0, 6-
- Charlotte Phillips (HOU) def. Paris Cunningham (PVAMU) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6,4,5*,3,2,1
- Maria Cardenas/Tina Rupert (HOU) def. Taylor LeFridge/Donielle Richard (PVAMU) 8-0
- Rocio Martin/Charlotte Phillips (HOU) vs. Maria Lackey/Sydney Thomas (PVAMU) 5-2, unfinished
- Elena Kordolaimi/Dionne Sanders (HOU) def. Payton Gore/Paris Cunningham (PVAMU) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,1