Houston Climbs to No. 64 in Latest ITA Poll
Feb. 18, 2014
HOUSTON--- For the second consecutive week the Cougars find themselves nationally ranked, as they moved up two spots to No. 64 in the country, according to the latest ITA poll released on Tuesday.
Houston (5-1) is off to its best six-match start since the 2009 season, after posting a record of 1-1 last week, with its lone defeat coming by the slimmest of margins, 4-3, to No. 70 Kansas last Friday. The Jayhawks are placed at No. 60 nationally in this week’s poll.
However, UH responded by earning a 5-2 win over a tough Mississippi State squad on Sunday. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as 75th just three weeks ago.
The Cougars’ No. 64 ranking is just two spots shy of the program’s highest-ever placement, as Houston was ranked 62nd in the country back on Feb. 20, 2002.
The Cougars will have a chance to bolster their national status even more, as each of their next four matches are against ranked opponents, starting with their first road tests of the year this weekend. Houston will take on No. 59 Washington State, Friday at noon CT, before it concludes its Pacific Northwest road trip at No. 40 Washington, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT.
The Cougars will then head to Austin, to clash with in-state rival No. 18 Texas on Feb. 28, before returning home to play No. 23 Tulsa on March 1.