Tennis Downs No. 59 OSU 4-3
TULSA, Okla. - Mean Green tennis downed the No. 59 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. North Texas (1-1) downed its third ranked opponent in the last two years after taking the doubles point and coll
TULSA, Okla. - Mean Green tennis downed the No. 59 Oklahoma State Cowgirls 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
North Texas (1-1) downed its third ranked opponent in the last two years after taking the doubles point and collecting three singles wins.
"This was big win for us. It was a total team effort," said head coach Sujay Lama. "The ladies showed tremendous heart and kept fighting until the end."
Junior Paula Dinuta and senior Amy Joubert started the afternoon when they took down the duo of C.C. Sardinha and Malika Rose 8-3 in the No. 3 doubles slot.
After the team of Nadia Lee and Madura Ranganathan fell 8-3 to OSU's Nataliya Shatkovskaya and Kanyapat Narattana 8-3, junior Irina Paraschiv and sophomore Barbora Vykydalova overcame a deficit of 7-4 to capture the doubles point with a 9-7 win, by winning five straight games.
"The come back in doubles gave us the momentum heading into singles," added Lama. "We talked about capitalizing on the opportunity and that's what we did against a very good team today."
In singles, Oklahoma State (1-1) took the first two matches and claimed a 2-1 lead before Irina Paraschiv evened the match at two a piece with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Shatkovskaya.
Joubert followed her lead, capturing a tough first set victory before cruising in the second set on winning the match (7-6, 6-1).
From there, Dinuta rebounded from a tough loss on Saturday to claim the match clinching win over Sarah Meghoufel in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
"We had a pretty tough match, but our hard work, and conditioning paid off today," said Dinuta. "I am very happy that all my teammates gave their best in and out of court, which resulting in winning the match."
Sophomore Barbora Vykydalova fell in a heartbreaking final match to Malika Rose in a three set tiebreaker 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).
North Texas will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 28, when they participate in the program's first ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Berkeley, Calif., against the No. 10 Cal-Bears.