Houston Jumps Into National Rankings

    <i>Elena Kordolaimi is ranked 122nd nationally</i>
    Elena Kordolaimi is ranked 122nd nationally
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    HOUSTON---After getting off to their best four-match start since the 2007 campaign, the Cougars have vaulted themselves into the national rankings, as Houston has been placed at No. 66 in the country, according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, released on Tuesday night.

    For Houston, the ranking is the highest since 2002 and it's just four spots off the best placement in school history, since the computer rankings were instituted in 2001. The Cougars were ranked No. 62 on Feb. 20, 2002.

    The latest ranking puts the Cougars at third highest in The American, as No. 31 Memphis and No. 63 Louisville are the only schools placed higher.

    In addition to the team ranking, junior Elena Kordolaimi and freshman Despoina Vogasari have garnered national attention in the latest polls as well, as Kordolaimi is ranked 122nd nationally in singles play, while Vogasari is just three spots behind at 125th.

    The tandem is a combined 6-0 in singles action so far this season, as neither has even dropped a set.

    The historic achievements continue to pile on for the Cougars, as it's the first time Houston has had an individual nationally ranked since 2002, while it's also the first time UH has had two or more players ranked simultaneously since 1985.

    "This is a good place to start and it's nice to open up the rankings and see our name in them," said head coach Patrick Sullivan. "At the same time, we're still pretty far away from what we think we can accomplish, both as a team and as individuals.



    "We have a big home match Friday against a ranked team in Kansas and another one on Sunday against Mississippi State, and that's what we're focused on."

    The Cougars will have a chance to build on their latest ranking, as three of their next five matches come against ranked opponents, starting with a home contest vs. No. 70 Kansas, Friday at 11:00 a.m.

    Friday will mark the first time two ranked teams have gone head-to-head at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts in regular season action since the Cougars hosted Rice back on April 22, 2006.

    The Cougars will also play at No. 41 Washington on Feb. 23 and at in-state rival No. 17 Texas on Feb. 28.

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