TROY, Ala - North Texas tennis head coach Sujay Lama tied A.G. Longoria for the most wins in program history on Saturday afternoon with 73 after a 7-0 victory over Sun Belt Conference foe Middle Tennessee.
The No. 67 Mean Green (14-6, 5-0) won the doubles point for the sixth straight match when it swept the Blue Raiders (14-6, 7-2) in all three matches.
The No. 2 doubles tandem of Kseniya Bardabush and Valentina Starkova dominated play over Marietta Bigus and Yuiri Nomoto, taking the match 8-2, before the No. 3 team of Irina Paraschiv and Paula Dinuta clinched the first point with an 8-4 victory.
Singles saw Dinuta and Ilona Serchenko quickly extend the North Texas lead, with each losing only two games in their respective matches. Serchenko ran through Nayara Morales on court four 6-2, 6-0 while Dinuta Bested Taylor Coffey, 6-0, 6-2.
Starkova would haul in the match clinching victory on court three with a straight set, 6-4, 6-4 win.
The remaining three matches all went three sets, with the Mean Green claiming wins in all three.
Lee took home the victory over Lexi Brand in back-and-forth fashion. The senior jumped out and took the first set 6-0, before dropping the second 1-6. She would then claim the third and the match 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.
Both Bardabush and Barbora Vykydalova won their first sets by a score of 6-1 before Middle Tennessee mounted a comeback. Vykydalova would go on to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, while Bardabush would win her match in a super-tiebreaker, 6-1, 5-7, 10-8.
The 67th-rated Mean Green will finish the regular season tomorrow morning against Troy at the Lunsford Tennis Center. First serve is set for 11 a.m.
#67 North Texas 7, Middle Tennessee 0
North Texas vs Middle Tennessee (Apr 14, 2012)
Apr 14, 2012 at Troy, Ala.
|1. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Nomoto, Yuiri (MT) 6-1, 5-7, 10-8|
|2. Nadia Lee (NT) def. Brand, Lexi (MT) 6-0, 1-6, 6-3|
|3. Valentina Starkova (NT) def. Nagayama, Flavia (MT) 6-4, 6-4|
|4. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Moraes, Nayara (MT) 6-2, 6-0|
|5. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Bigus, Marietta (MT) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3|
|6. Paula Dinuta (NT) def. Coffey, Taylor (MT) 6-0, 6-2|
|1. Brand, Lexi/Moraes, Nayara (MT) def. Nadia Lee/Barbora Vykydalova (NT) 8-3|
|2. Kseniya Bardabush/Valentina Starkova (NT) def. Bigus, Marietta/Nomoto, Yuiri (MT) 8-2|
|3. Paula Dinuta/Irina Paraschiv (NT) def. Dachos, Alex/Nagayama, Flavia (MT) 8-4|
|North Texas 14-6; National ranking #67|
|Middle Tennessee 14-6|
Generated on 4/14/2012