Rebels cap off successful ITA Kick-Off Weekend by upsetting SEC's Bulldogs.
Aiwen Zhu knocks off 27th-ranked opponent to lead Rebels in 4-3 defeat.
Rebels improve to 2-0 in opening weekend.
Rebels blank NMSU, will host Weber State Sunday at 10 a.m.
Rebels close autumn tournament slate with dominating weekend.
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD PCT. MW FINISH MW TOUR. 2017 UNLV 18-8 .692 5-1 T1st 2-1/2nd 2016* UNLV 24-2 .923 5-1 T2nd 3-0/1st 2015 UNLV 7-17 .292 1-4 N/A 0-1/T9th 2014 UNLV 11-11 .500 2-3 N/A 1-1/T3rd 2013# UNLV 20-8 .714 6-2 T2nd 3-0/1st 2012 UNLV 16-9 .640 5-2 T2nd 1-1/T3rd 2011# UNLV 20-6 .769 8-0 1st 1-1/T3rd 2010 UNLV 22-5 .815 7-1 2nd 1-1/T3rd 2009 UNLV 20-8 .714 8-0 1st 2-1/2nd 2008 UNLV 17-9 .654 6-2 T2nd 3-0/1st 2007 UNLV 19-8 .704 6-2 T3rd 2-1/2nd 2006 UNLV 14-7 .667 6-2 T2nd 1-1/T3rd 2005 UNLV 14-9 .609 5-2 3rd 2-1/2nd 2004 UNLV 16-7 .696 5-2 3rd 1-1/3rd 2003 UNLV 16-6 .727 6-1 1st 1-1/3rd 2002*# UNLV 20-4 .833 6-1 2nd 3-0/1st 2001 UNLV 11-12 .478 5-2 3rd 2-1/5th 2000* UNLV 15-9 .625 NA NA 3-0/1st CAREER 18 YRS 300-145 .674 92-27 32-13 *MW Coach of the Year #ITA Regional Coach of the Year
The second-longest tenured leader of a UNLV sport, Kevin Cory, who won his 300th match at the school in 2017, is the winningest coach in both Lady Rebel and Mountain West women's tennis history.
A veteran of the elite tennis world of the Southeastern Conference, Cory was named to lead the UNLV women's program on Aug. 17, 1999. During the ensuing 18 seasons, Cory has firmly entrenched his team in the national rankings and himself as one of the top coaches in all the West, leading the Lady Rebels to an impressive 92-27 league mark that represents more wins than anyone else in the MW. That record does not even include a sparkling 32-13 record in the conference's annual postseason tournament, an event UNLV has either won or finished as runner-up half of the time.
A three-time ITA Regional Coach of the Year, three-time conference Coach of the Year and two-time USTPA Intermountain College Coach of the Year, Cory's strong leadership of Lady Rebel Tennis is evident on an annual basis.
In 2016, his team broke the record for consecutive victories with 19 and for highest winning percentage in a season with a .923 mark (24-2 overall). The Mountain West Coach of the Year guided his squad to its eighth MW title (five tourney crowns and three regular-season titles) and a return to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013, Aleksandra Josifoska became the sixth Cory player to win the MW Player of the Year Award as she and fellow-NCAA Singles Tournament participant Lucia Batta led UNLV to a 20-8 record, a seventh MW championship and a first round win in the NCAAs.
In 2012, Batta was named conference MVP and also earned the seventh bid to the NCAA singles event under his watch. In 2011, with a final record of 20-6, the UNLV squad reached the 20-win plateau for a third straight season for the first time ever. In fact, five of UNLV's seven all-time 20-win seasons have come under Cory. That year's team earned a fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament after going a perfect 8-0 in league play for the second time in three years and notch its sixth MW championship.
At 22-5, the 2010 Lady Rebels posted the most wins for the school since 1990, while their regular-season winning percentage of .870 was a program record. That team upset No. 25 VCU in the first round of the NCAA event to help the Lady Rebels finish ranked 30th after rising as high as 23rd during the spring.
Cory's 2009 squad turned in the school's first undefeated league mark at 8-0. In 2008 his team rose to as high as 33rd nationally, won the Mountain West championship, played in the NCAA team championships and boasted the first-ever three-time MW Women's Tennis Player of the Year in the form of Elena Gantcheva.
In 2007, UNLV played in its fourth MW title match in the event's first eight years, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA championships and sent a doubles team to the second round of the national championship tourney. The 2006 team moved as high as 37th and boasted a singles All-American and conference MVP while seeing two players end the season ranked for only the second time in school history.
The 2005 edition earned a spot in the nation's top 30 as a team and the top 25 for a singles player, and secured a return to the NCAA Championships. In 2003, the Lady Rebels broke the school record for highest preseason ranking (17th), won their first-ever regular-season conference title, stayed in the nation's top 25 for a bulk of the season and went to the NCAA tourney. In 2002, Cory led his team to new heights with the school's first top-20 final national ranking, a second MW title and a program-record .833 single-season winning percentage after a 20-4 campaign that ended in the NCAA tournament.
In 2000, the rookie head coach led his squad to the school's first-ever league championship, helped guide the greatest individual postseason in UNLV history and was named MW Coach of the Year. Katarina Malec and Marianne Bakken earned spots into the 2000 NCAA Championships and surged deeper into the tournament than any women in school history, including Malec's appearance in the national semifinals.
Moving from one Lady Rebel program to another, Cory came to Las Vegas from the University of Mississippi where he had served as assistant coach since 1996. The 1998 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Cory helped the Lady Rebels from UM earn a place among the national powers of college tennis, including the school's most successful season in history. In 1999, Ole Miss set a school record for most victories (24-5), posted a best-ever final ranking (sixth), won its first SEC tournament title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.
Cory moved to Ole Miss after three years as director of tennis for the Umpqua Valley Tennis Club in Roseburg, Ore. He began his career at Courthouse Athletic Club in Salem, Ore., after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. The four-year letterman for the Ducks played No. 1 singles and doubles as a senior and was a 1990 first team All-Pac-10 selection while finishing in the top 10 in career victories at the school. A native of California, he is a 1985 graduate of Los Altos High School. A resident of Henderson, Cory has a son, Spencer.