Coogs seeded 6th in AAC Tennis tourney - Apr 18-21 (Coogs beat UCONN 4-0 in 1st round, fall to WSU in QF 4-2)
The Cougars finished the regular season a week ago with a doubleheader win against Prairie View A&M. They won both matches in a sweep, 4-0. Houston finished the season with a 19-3 overall record and an undefeated home record at 14-0. The undefeated home record matched their best mark since the 2006 season.
Throughout the season the Cougars racked up a number of dominating performances. Early in the season the Cougars beat Nevada and Arizona in a series of road matches. They battled with powerhouse Rice midseason and were one match from winning, and in a span of three weeks, Houston went on a six-match winning streak. One of the wins in the streak included a home match against UConn, in which the Cougars won the match 5-2.
Sveva Mazzari headlined singles play throughout the spring season, finishing with an impressive 18-1 record. For doubles, Mazzari and Tsveta Dimitrova went 13-2, and Lauren Alter and Alison Mills posted a 13-3 record.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
UConn finished the spring season with a 10-10 overall record. They went 0-5 in conference and had a losing record in both home and away matches including non-conference matches. Most of their wins came from neutral site matches, in which they posted a 6-1 record. A key win for the Huskies came on April 7, when they beat Boston University, 4-3.
Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva led the team in singles with a 15-5 record. She has been on a streak lately, going 7-3 in her last ten singles matches. She went undefeated when playing with J. Fitz-Randolph in doubles, putting up a 10-0 mark.
ABOUT THE SHOCKERS
Wichita State went 16-7 on the spring season and are the No. 3 seed in the American Championship. They racked up impressive wins over Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas State, who were all ranked in the top-50. In conference play this season, the Shockers beat SMU, but lost to UCF and Tulsa. They are led by junior Sandra Honigova, who went 15-3 in singles on the season. For doubles, Gabriela Porubin and Sarvinoz Saidhujaeva led the Shockers with a 7-1 record.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
With the win over UConn, the Cougars advance to the next round to play against Wichita State in the quarterfinals. The match is scheduled for Thursday, at 3 p.m. in Dallas.
Coogs fall 4-2. Close match that came down to the very end.
Impressive season for the team and there’s some hope for the future. Just nice to see the injury problems finally disappear this year.