2014 Women's Tennis Season in Review

    May 22, 2014

    Final 2014 Season Statistics 

    HOUSTON--- For the Cougars, the 2014 campaign was one that will surely go down as one of the best in program history, as Houston managed to practically rewrite the school record book in its first year in the American Athletic Conference.

    Coming into the new season, the Cougars knew they had a chance to do something special, as they boasted the nation's sixth best recruiting class from a year ago in freshmen Despoina Vogasari and Tina Rupert, along with sophomore transfer Maria Cardenas.

    Houston's combination of new talent and solid veteran leadership meshed right away and soon a 4-0 start ballooned into 21-6 overall record, giving the program its most wins since the 2006 campaign. In fact, the Cougars fell just two wins shy of the school's all-time record for wins in a single season set back in 1990.

    While the win quantity skyrocketed, the quality victories also reached an all-time high in 2014, as Houston notched a school-record five wins over ranked opponents, including earning its highest ranked victory in program history back on March 1 in a 4-3 win over No. 17 Tulsa.

    The win led to Houston obtaining a No. 21 national ranking a few days later on March 4, which still stands as the highest national ranking in program history. UH would go on to be placed in the ITA rankings for 13 straight weeks to close out the season.

    However, the success wouldn't stop there for the Cougars, who went a perfect 3-0 against American Athletic Conference foes during the regular season to storm into the league's conference tournament as the top seed in the event.

    Houston stayed hot during tournament play, rolling to victories over Cincinnati and Rutgers to reach the tournament's inaugural title match. The win also capped off a span where UH managed to shutout a school-record five consecutive opponents.

    The Cougars fell just short of claiming the league crown, dropping a 4-2 decision to USF.

    Despite the loss, Houston's overall body of work was still more than strong enough to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, clinching the school's first postseason berth since 1998 and just its third trip to the tournament in program history.

    The Cougars concluded the 2014 campaign winning six of its last eight matches, including a dramatic 4-2 win over then ranked No. 31 DePaul.

    COUGAR AWARD WINNERS

     Head Coach- Patrick Sullivan

    • Named American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year

    Freshman- Despoina Vogasari (25-8, 21-5 Dual)

    • Named American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year
    • Named to All-American Athletic Conference Team
    • Three-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (02/18, 02/25, 03/11)

     Junior- Elena Kordolaimi (19-5, 14-4 Dual)

    • Named to All-American Athletic Conference Team
    • Two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (03/25, 04/08)

    Freshman- Tina Rupert (23-7, 18-4 Dual)

    • Named to All-American Athletic Conference Team

    INDIVIDUAL MILESTONES

    Freshman- Despoina Vogasari (25-8, 21-5 Dual)
    Her 21 dual victories placed her in a tie for fifth on Houston's all-time single-season dual match victories list, while her .808 win percentage put her in a tie for 11th on the school's all-time single-season dual match win percentage list. Her 21 wins also put her in a tie with Stina Almgren for the school's all-time freshman single-season dual match wins record.

    Freshman- Tina Rupert (23-7, 18-4 Dual)
    Her .818 win percentage in dual matches this year puts her in a tie for seventh on the school's all-time single-season dual match win percentage list.

    Elena Kordolaimi/ Despoina Vogasari
    The two combined to post a 15-6 record as a tandem during dual match doubles play this season. The 15 wins are good for 15th on Houston's all-time single-season dual match doubles victories list.

    UH All-Time Single-Season Dual Match Victories List
    T1. Kathy Foxworth 24-7 (1987)
    T1. Kathy Foxworth 24-9 (1986)
    T3. Margaret Redfearn 23-8 (1985)
    T3. Hae Beck 23-9 (1985)
    T5 Despoina Vogasari 21-5 (2014)
    T5. Kami Miller 21-3 (2005)
    T5. Margaret Redfearn 21-5 (1984)
    T5. Hae Beck 21-7 (1986)
    T5. Stina Almgren 21-9 (1986)
    T10. Susanna Anderson 20-4 (1997)
    T10. Kami Miller 20-5 (2006)

    UH All-Time Single-Season Dual Match Win Percentage List
    1. Kami Miller .875 (2005)
    2. Caroline Bhaguandas .864 (1990)
    3. Vicky Simpson .850 (2009)
    4. Joy Tacon .842 (1982)
    5. Susanna Anderson .833 (1997)
    6. Jo Keene .826 (2002)
    T7. Tina Rupert .818 (2014)
    T7. Maja Kazimieruk .818 (2013)
    T7. Jane Brown .818 (1997)
    10. Sarah Borwell .813 (2002)
    T11. Margaret Redfearn .808. (1984)
    T11. Despoina Vogasari .808 (2014)

    UH All-Time Single-Season Dual Match Doubles Victories List
    1. Kathy Foxworth/Stina Almgren 26-6 (1986)
    T2. Cindy Crawford/Cynthia Sanchez 19-1 (1990)
    T2. Hee Baek/Fran Ind 19-8 (1985)
    T4. Jane Brown/Sarah Bolle 18-2 (1997)
    T4. Kathy Foxworth/Vicky White 18-3 (1987)
    T4. Julie Cass/Jenny Mainz 18-5 (1990)
    T4. Margaret Redfearn/Joy Tacon 18-6 (1984)
    8. Sarah Borwell/Galina Seliounina 17-3 (1999)
    T9. Caroline Bhaguandas/Patricia Riddell 16-3 (1990)
    T9. Cindy Crawford/Patricia Riddell 16-3 (1989)
    T9. Galina Seliounina/Mette Sigmundstad 16-3 (2000)
    T9. Margaret Redfearn/Kathy Foxworth 16-4 (1985)
    T9. Kristen Samuelson/Cecilia Piedrahita 16-4 (1991)
    T9. Julie Cass/Jenny Mainz 16-5 (1991)
    15. Despoina Vogasari/ Elena Kordolaimi 15-6 (2014)

    TOP/ HISTORIC MOMENTS OF THE SEASON

    Cougars Draw Texas in NCAA Tournament (April 29, 2014)
    The Cougars got together on Tuesday, April 29 to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. Houston found out it was heading to College Station, Texas to play the University of Texas. The Cougars earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1998 and clinched just their third postseason appearance in school history.

    Houston Rolls Rutgers; Cruises into American Championship Final (April 19, 2014)
    The Cougars easily defeated Rutgers, 4-0, in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals to earn their spot in the league's inaugural title match back on April 19.

    Cougars Claw Past No. 31 DePaul in Dramatic Fashion (April 6, 2014)
    In a match that lasted three hours and 16 minutes, junior Elena Kordolaimi came through with a huge 6-3. 6-7, 7-5 come-from-behind win on court two to clinch a 4-2 victory for Houston over DePaul. Kordolaimi dug deep to win five consecutive games in the third set to clinch the victory after trailing 5-2 earlier in the set. The win likely sealed the Cougars' spot in the NCAA Tournament.

    Cougars Snap Losing Skid vs. Rival Mustangs (March 22, 2014)
    Houston earned a 5-2 victory at SMU back on March 22. The win was the Cougars' first victory over the Mustangs since 1998, snapping what was a 10-match losing skid.

    Houston and Temple Clash in Historic Affair (March 5, 2014)
    The Cougars and Owl played in their first ever American Athletic Conference match back on March 5. Houston defeated Temple 4-0

    Cougars Rally to Stun No. 17 Tulsa (March 1, 2014)
    Houston recorded its highest ranked victory in program history, as the Cougars came from behind to defeat then ranked No. 17 Tulsa, 4-3, on March 1 out at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts. Houston at one point trailed 2-0 in the match before Elena Kordolaimi came through with a match-clinching 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win from the No. 2 position.

    Cougars Paint Washington Red (Feb. 21 and 23, 2014)
    Houston's wins at then ranked No. 59 Washington State and No. 40 Washington on Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 marked the two highest ranked opponents UH had defeated in consecutive matches in school history. Freshman Tina Rupert pulled off a dramatic, come-from-behind, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory on court five to seal Houston's 4-3 win over Washington. At the time, it marked the highest ranked opponent UH had defeated since 2008.

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