Tennis Receives Tough Loss At Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. - Mean Green Tennis dropped a hard fought match to the Oklahoma Sooners, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
North Texas (2-2) played a very competitive match, but in the end, the Sooners (3-0) won the big points and took the over the matches.
The Mean Green No. 1 doubles team of Irina Paraschiv and Amy Joubert held a 4-3 advantage heading into the eighth game, but the 39th ranked doubles team of Ana Marie Constantinescu and Teona Tsertsvadze won the next five games to take the match 8-4.
"Overall our effort and fight was good today but we are disappointed with the result," said head coach Sujay Lama. "The key here is belief though. In places where we had important points, we did not believe as much as Oklahoma did that we were going to win those points."
Paraschiv went on to face the 56th ranked and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Contantinescu in singles. After dropping the first set 6-1, she rallied back and led most of the second set before ultimately falling 7-5.
Freshman Barbora Vykydalova, however, was a part of the two best matches of the day.
In doubles, Vykydalova teamed up with senior Catalina Cruz in the No. 3 slot to face-off with Katelyn Connelly and Tara Eckel. The North Texas duo was able to fight off the Sooners for most of the match, but fell in a tiebreaker 8-7.
Vykydalova forced yet another tiebreaker when she took the court in singles. After dropping the first set 6-1, she turned it on and took the seconds set by a score of 6-2. In the tiebreaker, the Sooner freshman Teona Tsertsvadze fought back from a 5-3 deficit and overcame Vykydalova for a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 victory.
"I told the girls, if you use this as motivation and learn from it then sooner or later we are going to have a break through against a team of the caliber of Oklahoma," Lama added. "We now have to turn our head to Texas Tech and play the way that we are capable of playing."
The Mean Green returns home on Saturday, February 6, to take on the 74th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders at the Waranch Tennis Complex. Admission is free of charge.