March 15, 2014
DENTON, Texas -The North Texas tennis team secured a 5-1 victory in singles play against the Liberty Flames, this Saturday morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
“I was really pleased with the way we played,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “We stayed really positive knowing that Liberty was going to fight hard, and it was definitely a nice win for us.”
The Mean Green sealed the victory in singles play. Agustina Valenzuela started the winning streak at her No. 4 position, defeating Liberty’s Cameron Richard 6-0, 6-0.
Junior captain Kseniya Bardabush earned the next point for North Texas. She defeated her opponent at the No. 1 spot 6-3, 6-2 and picked up her third win of the season.
Anastasiya Shestakova secured the Mean Green victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Liberty’s No. 2 player, Maria Khval. Shestakvoa now has a 7-5 singles record for the season.
The Mean Green finished out singles play with Alexis Thoma’s win over Mairely Hassey in a 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7 battle. The Lady Flames only match point was from Nicola Wellman. She fought for her win at the No. 6 spot against the Mean Green’s Danè Joubert.
“This gives us a little momentum going into tomorrow’s match against New Mexico,” Lama said. “We just need to get ready now and be ready to compete.”
Up next North Texas hosts No. 69 New Mexico Monday, Mar. 17, at 10 a.m.
Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Rebekah Jenkins (LU) 6-3, 6-2
Anastasiya Shestakova (NT) def. Maria Khval (LU) 6-3, 6-2
Kamilla Galieva (NT) def. Brittany Yang (LU) 6-2, 7-5
Agustina Valenzuela (NT) def. Cameron Richard (LU) 6-0, 6-0
Alexis Thoma (NT) def. Mariely Hassey (LU) 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7
Nicola Wellman (LU) def. Danè Joubert (NT) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5
Order of Finish: 4,1,3,2,6,5