Houston Welcomes in New Mexico on Sunday
Jan. 25, 2014
HOUSTON---The Cougars look to improve to 2-0 on the year, when they take on the New Mexico Lobos, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. CT on the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts, in what will be Houston's first outdoor match of the season.
There will be live stats available for Houston's dual match vs. New Mexico. To access live stats for the match visit www.UHCougars.com, click the women's tennis schedule page then click the "Live Stats" link.
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About the Venue
The John E. Hoff Tennis Courts are located on the campus of the University of Houston and sit on the corner of Elgin and Scott Street. The courts are located between Cougar Field and the Athletics/Alumni Center.
A Look at the Series...
Houston vs. New Mexico
Overall Record: 7-4
Home Record: 2-1
Away Record: 2-3
Neutral Site Record: 3-0
Longest Win Streak: 7 matches
Longest Losing Streak: 4 matches
Current Streak: Lost 4
Record in Last 10 Meetings: 6-4
First Meeting: April 17. 1982 in Las Crusas, N.M. (W, 9-0)
Last Meeting: Feb. 29, 2004 in Albuquerque, N.M. (L, 0-7)
The Series Match-by-Match
04/17/82 vs. New Mexico, W 9-0
09/22/83 vs. New Mexico, W 6-3
04/30/84 at New Mexico, W 8-1
10/11/84 at New Mexico, W 8-1
03/09/86 New Mexico, W, 9-0
02/19/87 New Mexico, W 5-4
03/24/89 vs. New Mexico, W 7-2
02/08/97 at New Mexico, L 4-5
04/11/98 New Mexico, L 3-6
03/05/98 at New Mexico, L 3-6
02/29/04 at No. 32 New Mexico, L 0-7
Series Notes: This will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two programs and will be the first since 2004...Houston is 7-4 all-time vs. New Mexico and is 2-1 at home...the Cougars have dropped each of their last four meetings to the Lobos...Houston hasn't hosted New Mexico since April 11, 1998 (L, 3-6)...the Cougars have blanked the Lobos twice, while it has been shutout once...UH's largest margins of victory are two 9-0 wins, which came on April 17, 1982 and March 9, 1986...Houston's largest margin of defeat was a 7-0 loss on Feb. 29, 2004...out of 11 all-time meetings, only two of them have been decided by one point.
Looking at the Lobos
New Mexico enters the 2014 season looking to improve upon a 7-15 overall mark and a 1-7 Mountain West record from a year ago. The Lobos are one of the youngest teams in the nation, as they sport six freshmen and just one senior on the roster. The lone senior is Michaela Bezdickova, who went 22-12 in 2013, while ranking sixth in the Mountain West in singles competition.
Last time out for the Cougars
The Cougars couldn't have asked for a much better start to the 2014 spring season, as Houston dominated throughout, blanking UTSA 5-0, last Friday afternoon at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Center.
The 5-0 win marks Houston's first shutout of an opponent since blanking Western Michigan 7-0 on March 15, 2013, while it was also the first time the Cougars have pitched a shutout in a season opener since defeating Sam Houston State 7-0 in the 2010 opener.
Senior Celia Fraser earned Houston's first point of the season in dramatic fashion, defeating Miriam Rosell Canudas 6-4, 2-6, 10-8, from the No. 2 spot, as she rallied from a late 7-3 deficit in the final set to earn the game and the match.
With Houston already up 1-0, it was sophomore Maria Andrea Cardenas who would come through next from the No. 3 position, putting the Cougars up 2-0, as she defeated Isabelle Jonsson 6-1, 4-6, 10-2, at one point holding a commanding 8-0 advantage in third set before finishing the deal.
Freshman phenom Despoina Vogasari took care of business, taking down Jacoba Junger 7-5, 6-3, in straight sets from the No. 1 position, while junior Charlotte Phillips quickly followed suit in the No. 4 spot, making quick work of Nicole Karaklis (6-4, 6-1), to clinch the contest for the Cougars.
But it was freshman Tina Rupert in the No. 6 spot, who turned in the most impressive performance of the afternoon, dismantling Irene Gonzalez Gandara 6-0, 6-1 in dominating fashion, to score Houston's fifth and final point on the day.
The Cougars and Roadrunners didn't play the doubles portion of the match due to time constraints as well.
Can't Run With Rupert
Freshman Tina Rupert got off to an incredible start to her collegiate career Friday vs. UTSA, as she won in straight sets (6-0, 6-1), while dropping just one game in her match up in the No. 6 position.
Oh What a Rally
Senior Celia Fraser figures to be one of the senior leaders on this year's squad, and she showed why last time out vs. UTSA. After falling behind 7-3 in her tiebreak set, she rallied to take the set 10-8. She won the match 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.
Breaking Down the 2014 Cougars
Second year head coach Patrick Sullivan and the Cougars return six letterwinners from last season's squad that finished 13-11 overall and eighth in the final year of Conference USA with a 1-1 record.
Senior Celia Fraser returns as one of the captains of the group, while junior Elena Korolaimi looks to improve on sophomore campaign that saw her earn All-Conference USA second team honors in her first season at Houston, after posting a 13-10 record at the No. 1 position.
The three newcomers in freshmen Despoina Vogasari, Tina Rupert, and sophomore Maria Andrea Cardenas represent what could become Houston's strongest signing class ever. The class was ranked tops among mid-majors and sixth best nationally.
Houston enters the season looking to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 and for the third time in school history.
Not one player on the roster is from the United States. The roster sports four players from England, two from Greece, and one from Spain, Slovenia, and Venezuela.
A New Beginning
After spending 17 seasons as a part of Conference USA, the Cougars make the switch to the newly formed American Athletic Conference. The new league marks the program's third conference membership in 35 years of existence.
About Patrick Sullivan
Sullivan enters his second season at Houston with an overall coaching record of 57-21 in three seasons overall as a head coach...he currently owns a record of 14-11 in his second year at Houston.
Home Sweet Home
The Cougars will play school-record 16 home matches in 2014, including seven consecutive to begin the year.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
The 2014 schedule will undoubtedly be one of the more rigorous slates in program history, as the Cougars will play eight nationally ranked opponents in No. 60 North Texas (Feb. 8), at No. 45 Washington (Feb. 23), at No. 17 Texas (Feb. 28), No. 28 Tulsa (March 1), at No. 58 Utah (March 12), at No. 52 SMU (March 22), at No. 68 Harvard (March 30), and at No. 40 William and Mary (April 11). The Cougars will also go up against four schools that qualified for the NCAA Tournament a year ago in Texas, Tulsa, North Texas, and William and Mary.
Hear it From Them
Be sure to visit www.UHCougars.com and click on the women's tennis page to watch the 2014 women's tennis season preview video featuring head coach Patrick Sullivan, senior Celia Fraser, and junior Charlotte Phillips.
Up Next for the Cougars
The Cougars will continue their season-long seven-match homestand vs. Southern Miss, Friday at 1:00 p.m. CT on the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.