DENTON, Texas - The No. 59 Mean Green tennis team secured its spot in the Sun Belt Conference semifinals with a quick 4-0 victory over No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic on Friday afternoon at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
North Texas (16-6) continued its habit of jumping on top of its opponent early when it took its eighth-straight doubles point with victories at two of the three spots.
No. 2 doubles saw Kseniya Brdabush and Valentina Starkova dominate Florida Atlantic's (10-9) Justine Humair and Natasha Basma, 8-0.
After a close loss at No. 3, the top duo of Nadia Lee and Barbora Vykydalova shut the door on the Owls with an 8-4 victory. The win pushed the tandem's record to 8-2 on the season.
Singles play saw much of the same from the Mean Green, who captured their second point in a little over an hour when Vykydalova took her match on court four, 6-0, 6-1.
Junior Ilona Serchenko followed closely on her heels with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in No. 5 singles.
Senior Paula Dinuta took home the clinching point in the match, taking Natasha Phillips down in 6-3, 6-2.
The Mean Green will take on the No. 4 seed Denver at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
#59 North Texas 4, Florida Atlantic 0
Florida Atlantic vs North Texas (Apr 20, 2012)
Apr 20, 2012 at Denton, Texas (Waranch Tennis Complex)
|1. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) vs. Humair, Justine (FAU) 6-2, 4-2, unfinished|
|2. Nadia Lee (NT) vs. Basma, Natasha (FAU) 6-2, 5-0, unfinished|
|3. Valentina Starkova (NT) vs. Ene, Catalina (FAU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished|
|4. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Mrazkova, Erika (FAU) 6-0, 6-1|
|5. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Tomaszewicz, Natalia (FAU) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. Paula Dinuta (NT) def. Phillips, Natasha (FAU) 6-3, 6-2|
|1. Nadia Lee/Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Ryan, Marlene/Tomaszewicz, Natalia (FAU) 8-4|
|2. Valentina Starkova/Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Humair, Justine/Basma, Natasha (FAU) 8-0|
|3. Ene, Catalina/Phillips, Natasha (FAU) def. Irina Paraschiv/Paula Dinuta (NT) 8-5|
|Florida Atlantic 10-9|
|North Texas 16-6; National ranking #59|
|Order of finish: Doubles (23,1); Singles ()|
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