Getting to Know Despoina Vogasari

Despoina Vogasari leads the team with 20 singles victories this season

March 31, 2014

With the Houston Tennis season already in full force, UHCougars.com will give fans a chance to get to know each one of the 2013-14 Houston Cougars. In part one of our nine-part mini series, we take a look at freshman Despoina Vogasari.

The Athens, Greece native has compiled a 20-6 singles mark this season, while going 13-3 during dual match play. She’s also a part of Houston’s court one doubles tandem, as her and fellow junior teammate Elena Kordolaimi have teamed up to go 12-7 overall in doubles action and 11-5 in dual match play this season.

Her play this season has earned her a No. 92 nationally ranking. Time to meet Despoina Vogasari:

UHCougars.com: What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not on the tennis court?

Vogasari: This is easy, shopping! I love shopping, maybe a little too much.

UHCougars.com: Are you an online shopper or would you rather shop in person?

Vogasari: I would definitely rather shop in person. It’s hard to trust the Internet. I need to make sure I like what I’m getting before I buy it.

UHCougars.com: What is your worst habit?

Vogasari: Spending too much money when I shop. I tend to get into a lot of trouble for that.

UHCougars.com: Who is the best dancer on the team?

Vogasari: Maria (Cardenas) for sure! She dances to everything, anywhere, at any time.

UHCougars.com: Who is the funniest person on the team?

Vogasari: Well after me? I think it would probably have to be Celia (Fraser). She just has this ironic sense of humor that cracks everyone up.

UHCougars.com: If you could trade lives with one person on the team for one day, who would it be?

Vogasari: I would trade lives with coach (Daniel) Whitehead. I just want to see what it’s like to be a coach. I think it would be fun.

UHCougars.com: What’s your favorite television show?

Vogasari: Friends

UHCougars.com: What’s your favorite sport to watch?

Vogasari: Even though I’m still learning the rules, I would say football. I mean American football, not soccer.

UHCougars.com: Who is your favorite athlete?

Vogasari: Assistant coach Stephanie Wooten

UHCougars.com: What is your absolute dream job?

Vogasari: I’m not sure what corporation I want to run, but I want to be the owner of a very big and successful corporation. I want to be a successful businesswoman.

UHCougars.com: What is your favorite junk food to eat?

Vogasari: Cheeseburgers

UHCougars.com: What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Vogasari: Dubai, it’s absolutely beautiful there.

UHCougars.com: What is one place you really want to travel to?

Vogasari: I really want to go to Hawaii. I hope to go there very soon.

UHCougars.com: If you could play one sport other than tennis, what would it be?

Vogasari: So I know I’m short, so don’t laugh. I think volleyball would be really fun to play though.

UHCougars.com: Do you have a favorite artist or band you like to listen to?

Vogasari: Gosh that’s tough. I really like pop music. I love listening to anything Whitney Houston or Celine Dion does.

UHCougars.com: What is your favorite memory of the season so far?

Vogasari: Beating Tulsa. That was a huge win for us.

UHCougars.com: What do you enjoy most about college so far?

Vogasari: I like doing a bunch of different things. I enjoy going to class and then being able to practice afterward. I really just like hanging out with my friends and being independent. 

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