Stellar Singles Play Propels Mean Green to 4-1 Victory

Junior Anastasiya Shestakova was moved up to the No. 2 singles position and responded with a 6-2, 6-4 win to clinch the match-winning point.
March 8, 2015

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Following a 4-1 loss to No. 59 Tulsa last weekend, the North Texas tennis team rebounded and flipped the script to defeat San Diego by the same score, 4-1, on March 7. The Mean Green lost the doubles point to the Toreros, but then came back and rang off four straight singles wins to improve to 4-8 on the season.

"Today was about being mentally tough and battling through adversity," head coach Sujay Lama said. "We stayed poised when we lost the doubles point and just went to work on every court."

Two of those singles wins came from seniors Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer, who Lama said would be the key to North Texas going on a run. Bardabush defeated Marta Stojanovic 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 for her second-consecutive singles win and Sprinkmeyer won against Mikayla Morkel-Brink at No. 5 singles to improve to 4-3 so far this season.

Ana Sofia Cordero defeated Marisa Marsh 6-2, 6-0 and Anastasiya Shestakova clinched the match-winning point as she beat Dana Oppinger 6-2, 6-4. The No. 4 matchup with Agustina Valenzuela against Shani Blecher went unfinished in the middle of the third set, as did the No. 3 matchup between Kamilla Galieva and Drew Spinosa in the second set.

The Mean Green was at a disadvantage in doubles without Alexis Thoma, who missed the match due to injury. It was the first time all season that Lama had to change any of the three pairs and North Texas went 1-2 in doubles play. The lone win came from Cordero and Valenzuela at the No. 3 position against Morkel-Brink and Carly Naslund by a score of 6-2.

Next up for the Mean Green will be a match against No. 58 San Diego St. on March 8 at 1 p.m. With the match against the Toreros ending around 10 p.m. and daylight savings time in effect overnight, it will be an extremely short turnaround for North Texas. Because of this, Lama knows the importance of getting out to a hot start against the Aztecs.

"We will need to come out a little more aggressive in doubles tomorrow to build on the good things we did today," he said.

Doubles Results

1. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer lose to Oppinger/Spinosa, 6-1
2. Galieva/Shestakova lose to Blecher/Stojanovic, 6-3
3. Cordero/Valenzuela defeat Morkel-Brink/Naslund, 6-2

Singles Results

1. Bardabush defeats Stojanovic, 6-4, 6-2
2. Shestakova defeats Oppinger, 6-2, 6-4
3. Galieva vs. Spinosa goes unfinished, 3-6, 3-3
4. Valenzuela vs. Blecher goes unfinished, 5-7, 6-0, 4-2
5. Sprinkmeyer defeats Morkel-Brink, 6-3, 6-2
6. Cordero defeats Marsh, 6-2, 6-0



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