March 4, 2014
HOUSTON--- The Cougars continue to claw their way to the top of the national rankings, as they moved up nine spots to No. 21 in the country this week, according to the latest ITA tennis poll released on Tuesday.
The milestones continue to fall for Houston this season, as the Cougars now become the first American Athletic Conference team to be ranked within the nation's top 25, while the new ranking also continues to build upon what already previously was the highest recorded ranking in program history.
"This is a big moment for the program and a day that we're all going to look back on very fondly in the future, but we open conference play tomorrow and for now our job is to stay hungry and take care of business," said head coach Patrick Sullivan. "Satisfaction is not a good look for us. Every member of this team and coaching staff has a massive chip on their shoulder and we still have a lot to prove."
"In our minds, we are still the team that came into the season unranked and was scheduled by an opponent as part of a doubleheader just two weeks ago. If we want to finish like we've started, we'll keep it that way."
The Cougars' climb toward the top of the national rankings has been nothing less than historic thus far, as Houston has played six nationally ranked opponents so far this season, which is already the most since the 2007-08 campaign, including four straight against top-60 teams. The four ranked victories is already the most recorded ranked wins the Cougars have collected in any season so far in school history.
Houston is 8-2 overall this season and 4-2 against ranked teams, including earning a win over No. 17 Tulsa last Saturday, which marked the highest ranked opponent the Cougars have ever defeated since the computer rankings were instituted back in 2001.
The Cougars will get back to work, as they'll take on their very first American Athletic Conference opponent in the Temple Owls, Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. CT out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts.