COLLEGE STATION, Texas (1/26/13) - The 54th-ranked Mean Green tennis team fell to No. 13 Texas A&M 4-1 in the season opener and the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
"We got great effort today and I am really pleased with the way our ladies fought," head coach Sujay Lama said. "Winning the doubles point was big but the Aggies were just too strong in singles."
North Texas (0-1) took an early lead after winning two of the three doubles matches.
Senior duo Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova defeated Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Ines Deheza 8-6 in the No. 2 doubles slot while Dané Joubert and Ilona Serchenko defeated Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina 8-5 in the No. 3 doubles slot.
The No. 1 doubles team Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer fell to No. 7 Stefanio Hristov and Cristina Stancu 8-5.
The Aggies had the upper hand in singles play with several nationally ranked players.
No. 3 Sanchez-Quintanar defeated Bardabush in straight sets, 6-2; 6-2 in the singles No. 1 slot while No. 45 Stancu defeated Vykydalova in 6-0; 6-4 in the singles No. 2 slot.
Meanwhile in the singles No. 5 slot, Deheza defeated Serchenko 6-2; 6-2. Hristov served the final blow to North Texas defeating Joubert 6-1; 6-1 to take the match clinching 4-1.
"We have to quickly put this behind us and get ready to play Minnesota tomorrow," Lama added. "We have to be at our best and ready to battle hard."
North Texas will take on No. 41 Minnesota in the consolation match Sunday at 10 a.m. Fans can watch for free at AggieAthletics.com.
No. 13 Texas A&M 4, No. 54 North Texas 1
ITA Kick-Off Weekend (First Round)
January 26, 2013
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
1. (#3) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) 6-2, 6-2
2. (#45) Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) 6-0, 6-4
3. Nazari Urbina (TAMU) vs. Valentina Starkova (NT) 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
4. (#82) Wen Sun (TAMU) vs. Franziska Sprinkmeyer (NT) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
5. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Ilona Serchenko (NT) 6-2, 6-2
6. Stefanio Hristov (TAMU) def. Dané Joubert (NT) 6-1; 6-1
1. (#7) Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer (NT) 8-5
2. Starkova/Vykydalova (UNT) def. Sanchez-Quintanar/I. Deheza (TAMU), 8-6
3. Joubert/Serchenko (UNT) def. Sun/Urbina (TAMU), 8-5