Tennis Falls to No. 9 Cal, 6-1

BERKELEY, Calif. - North Texas Tennis dropped its first ever ITA Kick-Off match when it feel to the No. 1 seed and 9th-ranked California Bears 6-1 on Friday afternoon.

"I am really happy with our effort today," said head coach Sujay Lama. "We have a group of ladies that battle hard and never give up. They showed that spirit today against a very good team. We are looking forward to a great opportunity tomorrow to take on a local team in TCU."


The No. 60 Mean Green (1-2) squared the contest for the doubles point with the duo of Madura Ranganathan and Nadia Lee left on the court at one when Senior Amy Joubert and junior Paula Dinuta took down Cal's Cossou and Duranteau in a close 8-6 match.

"Amy was once again amazing," added  Lama. "She has stepped up big time and is providing tremendous leadership. Her persistence and hard work is paying off."

Ranganathan and Lee, who had a chance to capture the first five games in the doubles set, lost a hard fought battle to the Bears' Davis and Goransson 8-4.

Having fallen behind in doubles, North Texas faced the monumental task of winning four singles matches against the Bears.

Cal (1-0), who currently has its top-four singles players ranked in the top-50, came out firing with nationally No. 1 ranked Jana Juricova disposing of junior Paula Dinuta 6-0, 6-2 first.

Junior Irina Paraschiv battled through the first set against the 46th-ranked Mari Andersson before dropping the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.

In the No. 4 singles slot, Nadia Lee pushed the Bears' nationally 36th ranked player to the brink in both sets, but couldn't take the crucial point as the junior transfer lost the match in heartbreaking fashion 6-4, 7-5.

Barbora Vykydalova was the sole member of the Mean green to force her opponent into a third set. The sophomore rebounded from a first set loss to win the second and fall in the third and the match, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9).

Joubert claimed the only North Texas victory in singles and claimed a 2-0 record on the day. After a tough first set that involved a tie-breaker win, she pulled away in the second set and won the match 7-6, 6-3.

"I thought the team fought hard," said Joubert. "We definitely had opportunities to win the doubles point but overall the girls battled to the end. I was very happy about my matches, I didn't necessary play the best tennis but I found a way to win, which is the important part. The team is exited for tomorrow and it's another opportunity to make a statement."

The Mean Green will face off with the No. 51 TCU Horned Frogs (1-1) at Noon (CT). TCU fell to the No. 40 St. Mary's Gaels (2-0) in a close 4-3 match Friday evening.



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