Mean Green fall 4-3 to No. 25 Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. - Mean Green tennis fell to No. 25 Oklahoma in heartbreaking fashion, 4-3 at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion Tuesday afternoon.  

North Texas (1-1) fell into an early hole after dropping two of the three doubles matches.

Senior Nadia Lee and freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer were the lone Mean Green doubles team to capture a victory as they defeated OU's (3-0) Nicole Long and Whitney Wofford 9-8 from the No. 2 doubles slot. 

The North Texas No. 1 tandem of Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova were able to hang with the No. 22 nationally ranked duo from the Sooners, but fell just short of a tiebreaker, losing 9-7.

Singles saw the Sooners run their lead to a match clinching 4-0 before the Mean Green got on the board with a victory from Starkova.  The junior transfer defeated Marie-Pier Huet on court one in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Kseniya Bardabush grabbed the next North Texas point when the Sooners' Abbi Melrose withdrew while their back-and-forth match was still in the first set, 6-5.

Ilona Serchenko, who raced out to a 3-0 lead over OU's Long and eventually won the first set 6-4. Long would retaliate with a 6-4 victory herself, before Serchenko won the third set tiebreaker 10-4.

The Mean Green will be back in action on Saturday when Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts make their way to the Waranch Tennis Complex for the home opener.  Play with Stephen F. Austin begins at 11 a.m.  As always, admission to the match is free of charge.

North Texas vs Oklahoma (Jan 24, 2012)

#25 Oklahoma 4, North Texas 3
Jan 24, 2012 at Norman, Okla. (Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion)

Singles competition

1. Valentina Starkova (NT) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) 6-3, 6-2

2. Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Nadia Lee (NT) 6-0, 6-2

3. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Paula Dinuta (NT) 6-3, 6-2

4. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Abbi Melrose (OU) 5-6, retired

5. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Nicole Long (OU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4

6. Whitney Wofford (OU) def. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) 6-2, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. #22 Marie-Pier Huet/Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Valentina Starkova/Barbora Vykydalova (NT) 9-7

2. Nadia Lee/Franzi Sprinkmeyer (NT) def. Nicole Long/Whitney Wofford (OU) 9-8

3. Abbi Melrose/Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Irina Paraschiv/Kseniya Bardabush (NT) 8-2


Match Notes

North Texas 1-1

Oklahoma 3-0; National ranking #25

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,3,1,4,5)




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