Mean Green Outmatches Terriers for 5-2 Victory
Galieva Records First Singles Win in Straight Sets
BOSTON, Mass. — Over the course of a season, there will undoubtedly be some close losses and some close wins, but usually they even out in the end. For the North Texas women's tennis team, starting out with numerous coin-flip losses and a 1-5 record was a frustrating way to begin the spring season, and the Mean Green had had enough.
After a delayed flight into snowy Boston, North Texas and the Terriers faced off and the No. 70 Mean Green claimed a 5-2 victory on Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-5 on the season.
"We needed this win for our confidence after some really close losses," head coach Sujay Lama said. "Our perseverance paid off and we are slowly but surely becoming mentally tough."
The match began with North Texas claiming the doubles point. The senior duo Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer defeated Lauren Davis and Madison Craft by a score of 6-3 to improve to 2-4 on the season, then Anastasiya Shestakova and Alexis Thoma took care of Johanna Hyoty and Iryna Kostirko by a score of 6-4.
Surprisingly enough, the only Mean Green doubles duo to lose was Ana Sofia Cordero and Agustina Valenzuela, who had been riding a four-match winning streak. With the loss, they dropped to 4-2 on the season, but the team was up 1-0 going into singles action.
Junior Kamilla Galieva and Shestakova cruised to 6-3, 6-0 victories over Davis and Craft, respectively. Then after Sprinkmeyer dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Iris Lin, Valenzuela dropped Kostirko by a score of 7-5, 6-4 to clinch at least a 4-1 win for North Texas.
The other two matches played out, with Thoma securing a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-6 victory over Barbara Rodriguez and Bardabush falling in a heavyweight battle with 2014 Patriot League Player of the Year Hyoty by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
Next up for the Mean Green is a Sunday brunch face-off against No. 49 Harvard, beginning at 10 a.m. This will be the first-ever meeting between North Texas and the Crimson, and Lama is hoping today's momentum will carry over tomorrow against a difficult opponent.
"I'm proud of the way we battled today, but we have our work cut out for us tomorrow," he explained. "We talked about being aware of having good mental and physical energy and for most part we did a great job today, so we need to continue that."
1. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer defeat Craft/Davis, 6-3
2. Shestakova/Thoma defeat Hyoty/Kostirko, 6-4
3. Cordero/Valenzulea lose to McCallum/Rodriguez, 7-5
1. Bardabush loses to Hyoty, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
2. Galieva defeats Davis, 6-3, 6-0
3. Shestakova defeats Craft, 6-3, 6-0
4. Valenzuela defeats Kostirko, 7-5, 6-4
5. Thoma defeats Rodriguez, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-6
6. Sprinkmeyer loses to Lin, 6-3, 6-3