Nevada Clinches 4-3 Comback Win Over Tennis
Mean Green Faces Quick Turnaround Tomorrow at UNM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- With a 3-1 lead over Nevada, the North Texas tennis team was only one singles win away from a second consecutive victory. But then - as Taylor Swift might say - the Wolf Pack made all the tables turn, as it strung together wins in the last three singles matches to complete the comeback and stun the Mean Green by a score of 4-3.
"We let one slip away today, but we will learn from this," head coach Sujay Lama explained. "The irony is that even though we are 1-4, this team has competed at a high level every single match."
Play began at 12 p.m. at the Linda Estes Tennis Center, and North Texas won the doubles point for the second consecutive match. The team of Ana Sofia Cordero and Agustina Valenzuela defeated Nevada's Sara Korzeniecki and Elissa Pavelea by a score of 6-2, then Alexis Thoma and Anastasiya Shestakova claimed a 6-3 victory over Wolf Pack duo Juliette Legendre and Sheila Smiley.
In singles play, Valenzuela completed a undefeated day with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Monika Magusiak, while Franziska Sprinkmeyer picked up her first singles victory of the spring season with a 6-2, 6-3 decision against Blaga Delic.
But after two straight-set losses by the Mean Green, all the marbles came down to nail-biters with Kamilla Galieva and Shestakova in action. The Wolf Pack pulled out a pair of clutch three-set wins, as Legendre defeated Galieva by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and Smiley defeated Shestakova by a score of 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3.
"This loss is behind us, so we have to have short memory and prepare for a tough battle tomorrow," Lama said. "We just need to get better at closing out games, sets and matches; and we will."
The Mean Green now move on to face the host team, New Mexico, who is 5-1 on the season and coming off a 4-3 victory over Nevada on Friday. The Lobos feature the No. 75 singles player in the country - sophomore Emily Olivier - who will face off against North Texas senior Kseniya Bardabush at the No. 1 position. The match begins on Sunday at 11 a.m., and you can access live stats right HERE.
1. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer vs. Delic/Morales goes unfinished, 4-4
2. Thoma/Shestakova defeat Legendre/Smiley, 6-3
3. Cordero/Valenzuela defeat Korzeniecki/Pavelea, 6-2
1. Bardabush loses to Morales, 6-4, 7-5
2. Galieva loses to Legendre, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3. Shestakova loses to Smiley, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3
4. Thoma loses to Delic, 6-1, 6-2
5. Valenzuela defeats Magusiak, 6-2, 6-3
6. Sprinkmeyer defeats Korzeniecki, 6-2, 6-4