DENTON, Texas - No. 62 Mean Green tennis dropped its third match in a row Sunday afternoon when it fell to the No. 52 Kansas State Wildcats 5-2 at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
Plagued by sickness for the second straight match, North Texas (1-4) dropped the doubles point as Kansas State (6-0) swept all three doubles matches.
"I am very proud of the way our team battled," said head coach Sujay Lama. 'They gave it their all and kept fighting until the end. You could see a huge improvement in the way the two freshmen competed today."
Playing in their second collegiate dual match, the freshman duo of Carolina Barboza and Isabel Bos jumped out to an early lead in doubles, but failed to hang out as the team of Gomex and Chuda overpowered them and won 8-5.
In singles, junior Irina Paraschiv was the first member of the Mean Green to claim a victory as she ran through the Wildcats Hulsev in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Amy Joubert followed Paraschiv's lead and claimed the second and final point for North Texas. The senior also won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Barboza and Bos put up a fight, taking many of the games to deuce, but could not overcome Kansas State.
Sophomore Barbora Vykydalova, playing up one or two spots due to the illnesses, was the last match on the court. After winning the first set, Vykydalova and K-State's Bonacic battled back and forth and went the full three sets before Bonacic pulled away for the 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.
"I am especially excited to see the team deal with adversity in such a positive way," Lama added. "We are going be better off on the long run for having to step up now while we get the every one healthy."
North Texas will be back in action next Saturday, Feb. 19, when it heads to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.