JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (1/23/10)
- Mean Green Tennis started the 2010 spring dual season out on a high note by defeating Jacksonville University 7-0 Saturday morning on the road.
North Texas started the day strong, surrendering only seven games in the three doubles matches. In the No. 1 doubles spot, sophomore Irina Paraschiv teamed up with junior Amy Joubert for an 8-5 victory over Jacksonville's Tatiana Soldatova and Eve Castaing.
Freshman Barbora Vykydalova won her first ever collegiate match when she teamed up with senior Catalina Cruz for an 8-1 victory in the No. 3 doubles spot.
"We were pleased with the way we competed today," said North Texas head coach Sujay Lama. "It was good to see Barbora having fun out there and competing well. I was very proud of the way she handled playing in her first college match."
The Mean Green dominated in singles, winning every match and not allowing an opponent to capture even a set. Junior Madura Ranganathan, playing in the No. 2 spot, started strong and only got better as the match went along, registering a 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Vykydalova gave up only two games on her way to her first singles win as a member of the North Texas tennis team. Her 6-0, 6-2 victory over the Dolphins' Fernanda Carrero came in the five slot.
The Mean Green now turns its sights to the No. 8 Florida Gators on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators come into the match with a 66-match home court winning streak, 13 of which came in postseason play.
"We are looking forward to competing against a great team in the Gators," said Lama. "Playing in this type of atmosphere and against this competition will be something we can draw off for the rest of the year."
North Texas will face-off with the Gators at 10 a.m. CST at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Florida.
Irina Paraschiv/ Amy Joubert def. Tatiana Soldatova/ Eve Castaing 8-5
Madura Ranganathan/Paula Dinuta def. Iva Jaresova/ Fernanda Carrero 8-1
Barbora Vykydalova/Catalina Cruz def. Sara Londono/Veronique Spencer 8-1
Paraschiv def. Soldatova 6-2,6-2
Ranganathan def. Castaing 6-3,6-0
Cruz def. Jaresova 6-3,6-1
Dinuta def. Virginia Iwinski 6-1,6-1
Vykydalova def. Carrero 6-2,6-0
Joubert def. Londono 6-1,6-4