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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Tennis

Cougars topple Longhorns for first time in school history


The No. 34 Cougars continue to climb the rankings as they defeated the No. 52 Texas Longhorns 6-1 on Saturday for the first time in school history.

The teams drew 1-1 during the doubles match-up as junior Maria Cardenas and sophomore Tina Rupert picked up a win to counterbalance the loss from senior Elena Kordolaimi and sophomore Despoina Vogasari. Due to injuries, the Longhorns did not field a third team and forfeited the court win and the doubles point.

“It’s unfortunate that Texas had to play shorthanded,” head coach Patrick Sullivan said in a news release. “But their talent top-to-bottom is still as good as anyone in the country, and we had to play great tennis on all courts to earn the win.”

During the singles match-up the Cougars defeated the Longhorns in four out of the five matches as Vogasari, Kordolaimi, junior Rocio Martin and Cardenas all took down their Texas opponent. Senior Charlotte Phillips won her singles match by default.

“This is a big moment for us, after two tough losses to Texas last season and 21 straight setbacks for the program,” said Sullivan in a news release.

Head coach Patrick Sullivan and his Cougars a riding a six-game winning streak and have not lost since Feb. 14. The Cougars hope to continue their streak when they face No. 41 Memphis on March 14 at the Houston Country Club.

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