Kordolaimi Garners Conference USA Second-Team Honors

    Elena Kordolaimi is the 17th Cougar to earn All-Conference USA honors
    Elena Kordolaimi is the 17th Cougar to earn All-Conference USA honors
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    April 29, 2013

    HOUSTON - University of Houston women's tennis sophomore Elena Kordolaimi was named to the 2013 All-Conference USA Singles Second-Team, the league office announced Monday.

    "The great thing about Elena is that even though she is an outstanding tennis player, she is an even better teammate," head coach Patrick Sullivan said. "She gives everything she's got every day in practice and in every match we play and has elevated this team to a higher standard of work ethic and competition. As an individual, Elena has made huge improvements both mentally and physically over the past two years and has really begun to put it all together. This award is well deserved and is the first of many more to come. I'm very proud of her and excited about her future."

    Kordolaimi becomes the 17th Cougar to earn All C-USA honors and the 28th all-league selection overall since 1997. Kordolaimi's selection marks the second-straight season a Cougar earned Second-Team honors, following Giorgia Pozzan a year ago.

    In her first season at Houston, Kordolaimi manned the top singles position where she earned a 13-10 record while posting an overall mark of 20-13 during the 2012-13 season. Kordolaimi won her final three matches of the season, including a straight-sets win over an opponent from No. 50 Arkansas and a three-set thriller over fellow second-team member Dominika Zaprazna of Marshall in the opening round of the C-USA Championship.

    The Lamia, Greece, native led the Cougars in fall tournament play with seven wins, four of which came against opponents from ranked programs, including C-USA Second-Teamer Isaura Enrique of Tulsa.

    Kordolaimi transferred to Houston following a stellar freshman season under Sullivan at Stephen F. Austin, where she posted a 23-8 overall record in singles play and also earned All-Southland Conference Doubles Second-Team honors.

     

     

    ALL-C-USA SINGLES TEAM

    First Team
    Courtney Collins, Memphis
    Natalie Beazant, Rice
    Dominique Harmath, Rice
    Aleksandra Malyarchikova, SMU
    Edyta Cieplucha, SMU
    Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
    Samantha Vickers, Tulsa
    Genevieve Lorbergs, UCF

    Second Team
    Elena Kordolaimi, Houston
    Dominika Zaprazna, Marshall
    Alyssa Hibberd, Memphis
    Tiffany Welcher, Memphis
    Diana Ivanov, Old Dominion
    Emma Levy, Tulane
    Isaura Enrique, Tulsa
    Michelle Farley, Tulsa

    Third Team
    Melis Tanik, East Carolina
    Skylar Kuykendall, Memphis
    Caroline Wegner, Memphis
    Katie Gater, Rice
    Liat Zimmermann, Rice
    Vaszilisza Bulgakova, SMU
    Isabel Fernandez, UAB
    Rebeca Calvillo, UTEP

    ALL-C-USA DOUBLES

    First Team
    Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique, Tulsa

    Second Team
    Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath, Rice

    Third Team
    Stefanie Mikesz/Caroline Wegner, Memphis

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Samantha Vickers, Tulsa

    FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
    Skylar Kuykendall, Memphis

    NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
    Liat Zimmermann, Rice

    SINGLES OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dominique Harmath, Rice

    DOUBLES OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
    Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique, Tulsa

    COACH OF THE YEAR
    Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice

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