DENTON, Texas - The shorthanded No. 62 North Texas tennis team fell 5-2 to the Wichita State Shockers Friday evening at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
Missing two of its top four players to illness, the Mean Green (1-3) still managed to put up a fight against the Shockers (3-2) before ultimately giving in.
North Texas started out the afternoon on the right foot when it took two of the doubles matches and the doubles point to jump out to a 1-0 lead.
"We played well in doubles and fought hard over all," said head coach Sujay Lama. 'It's disappointing to lose but we've got to continue focusing on the process and getting better. We need every one to continue to step up."
Senior Amy Joubert and junior Paula Dinuta won their match against Wichita State's Zotter and Budiharto 8-5, while Irina Paraschiv and Barbora Vykydalova matched their outing with an 8-5 victory over Blaskova and Blasco Fernandez.
The Shockers would then go on to win the first four singles matches and clinch the match.
Dinuta, also battling an illness, was the first member of the Mean Green to fall when she was downed 6-3, 6-0 by Wichita State's Budiharto.
Two freshmen playing in their first collegiate matches were among the next three matches to fall, as Isabel Bos dropped her match 6-0, 6-3 and Carolina Barboza lost 6-1, 6-2.
Vykydalova claimed the second North Texas point of the evening when she won a three-set thriller over the Shockers Damaschin 6-7, 6-3, 1-0.
Wichita State claimed the final point when Zotter finished off Paraschiv in three sets, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0.
North Texas will be back on the court Sunday morning at 11 a.m. when the No. 52 Kansas State Wildcats invade the Waranch Tennix Complex. As always, admission is free to the public.