Complete Day 5 Results from USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships.
Josifoska and Batta both in final national top 100.
Women's tennis season closes as Lady Rebel falls in second round of NCAA singles tournament.
Women's tennis leader earns his third career ITA award.
No. 16 host Huskers down Lady Rebel tennis 4-1.
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD PCT. MW FINISH MW TOUR. 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 13 YRS 220-99 .690 73-17 23-10 *MWC Coach of the Year #ITA Regional Coach of the Year
Now the third-longest tenured leader of a UNLV sport, Kevin Cory 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. In the ensuing 13 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 73-17 league mark that represents more wins than anyone else in the MW. That record does not even include a sparkling 23-10 record in the conference's annual postseason tournament, an event UNLV has either won or finished as runner-up six out of 13 times.
Named the USTPA Intermountain College Coach of the Year in 2011 as well as the ITA Mountain Regional Coach of the Year for the second time, Cory's strong leadership of Lady Rebel Tennis is evident on an annual basis.
The Facts: last year, Lucia Batta became became the fifth Cory player to win the MW Player of the Year Award and also earned the seventh bid to the NCAA Singles Championship 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, four of UNLV's six all-time 20-win seasons have come under Cory's watch. 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 (three tournament crowns and three regular-season titles).
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.
"We have a lot to be proud of here" Cory says. "I think that the sky is the limit for our tennis program. We will settle for nothing less than competing for the conference championship every year and being a factor in the NCAA tournament."
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 (9).