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Newest signee showcases ability by claiming four wins, advancing to finals at Women’s Sectional Qualifier

UH women’s tennis added a talented player to their roster earlier this summer, signing Elena Kordolaimi from Stephen F. Austin University.

Since the signing, Kordolaimi competed in U.S. Open Women’s Sectional Qualifier in Arlington, where she won four matches before losing in the finals to Peggy Porter.

A trip to the U.S. Open was on the line for the rising sophomore. She began well, winning the first set 6-3, but lost the final two, 0-6 and 2-6.

Kordolaimi didn’t earn a trip to the Open but had an impressive showing by defeating Breanne Hesseltine of St. Edward’s, a Canadian junior ranked as high as No. 9 among all North American juniors in the class of 2013.

Kordolaimi began her college career last season as a standout freshman. She helped guide Stephen F. Austin to a No. 35 national ranking and a trip to the NCAA tournament. It was Stephen F. Austin’s first trip to the Big Dance in tennis.

Kordolaimi competed in the singles (23-9) and doubles (17-7) competitions, often-times playing at the top position.

— Christopher Shelton

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