July 30, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's tennis coach Patrick Sullivan rounded out his nationally recognized 2013-14 recruiting class on Tuesday with the signing of Tina Rupert to a National Letter of Intent.
Rupert, a 5-10 prospect from Ljubljana, Slovenia, becomes the third newcomer for the upcoming season in a class that was rated the nation's sixth best in the early signing period.
"We're very pleased to add Tina to an already strong 2013 class," Sullivan said. "She is a tall, athletic lefty that has been very well coached and comes to us with a solid foundation. Even though she has experience with her national team and has competed extensively throughout Europe, Tina's parents have done a great job of giving her a well-rounded childhood, and she will be one of the few players coming to us that will actually be increasing her training and competition workload when she arrives."
Rupert plays for the Slovenian national team as one of the country's top four players and competed as an amateur in the prestigious Federation Cup in Israel for the first time in February against Bulgaria and the Netherlands.
The incoming Cougar comes from a tennis background as her father currently serves as the Slovenian men's national coach, and her family runs a tennis club in her hometown of Ljubljana.
"It's exciting to know that she has barely scratched the surface of her potential," Sullivan continued, "and we are really looking forward to getting her to Houston and seeing how she develops when plugged into daily high-level competition and a serious strength and conditioning program."
Joining Rupert as new faces on the squad for the upcoming season are Greece native Despoina Vogasari, who has claimed three professional titles playing as an amateur over the past year, as well as Auburn transfer and Venezuelan product Maria Andrea Cardenas.