Tennis Shoots Down Cardinals, 5-2

BEAUMONT, Texas - North Texas tennis won its season opening match against Lamar 5-2 on Saturday at the Thompson Family Tennis Center.

The Mean Green (1-0) continued its winning ways in doubles in the season opener, taking all three matches in convincing fashion.

"It was a good start to the season and while we didn't play our best tennis, we all fought hard to get the job done," said senior Nadia Lee.

The No. 1 duo of Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova downed the Cardinals' (0-2) Salas and Mayagoitia 8-4 to clinch the doubles point after freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer and Lee destroyed the tandom of Maso and Czudek 8-1.

Senior Irina Paraschiv, who missed almost all of the fall with an injured shoulder, was paired with freshman Kseniya Bardabush in the No. 3 doubles slot, defeating Lamar's Porte and Pennesi by a score of 8-4.

Singles saw Lee and Ilona Serchenko push the Mean Green lead to 3-0 as the both lost only two games in convincing victories at the No. 3 and No. 5 singles slots respectively.

The Cardinals were able to mount a comeback though, winning the No. 1 and No. 2 matches in singles and cutting the North Texas lead to 3-2.

Bardabush came through in the clutch in her first collegiate dual match though, clinching the match from the No. 4 slot with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mayagoitia.

Vykydalova, who dropped the first set 6-4, would give the Mean Green the final victory of the day, shooting down Robert in a tiebreaking third set, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

North Texas will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon as it travels to take on the No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. from the Headington Family Tennis Center.


North Texas vs Lamar University (Jan 21, 2012)

North Texas 5, Lamar University 2
Jan 21, 2012 at Beaumont, Texas (Thompson Family Tennis Center)


Singles competition
1. Carolina Salas (LU) def. Valentina Starkova (NT) 7-5, 6-4
2. Carolina Maso (LU) def. Paula Dinuta (NT) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
3. Nadia Lee (NT) def. Alicia Porte (LU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Natalia Mayagoitia (LU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Helene Czudek (LU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Anais Robert (LU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6


Doubles competition
1. Valentina Starkova/Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Carolina Salas/Natalia Mayagoitia (LU) 8-4
2. Franzi Sprinkmeyer/Nadia Lee (NT) def. Carolina Maso/Helene Czudek (LU) 8-1
3. Irina Paraschiv/Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Alicia Porte/Alessandra Pennesi (LU) 8-4

Match Notes
North Texas 1-0
Lamar University 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,3,1,2,4,6)

Generated on 1/21/2012




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