MIAMI, Fla. - Mean Green tennis rebounded Thursday afternoon and defeated South Alabama 6-1 on the campus of Florida International University.
"Our win today is a step in the right direction," associate head coach Jeff Maren said. "We are still getting stronger and healthier, but our goals remain the same. Our immediate goal is to win back-to-back matches, so our next match against UTEP is an important one for our confidence."
North Texas (4-9) opened up the match with two of the three matches in doubles in relatively convincing fashion.
At the No. 1 slot, Irina Paraschiv and Barbora Vykydalova ran through the Jaguar duo of Katie Welch and Alina Volmann with a score of 8-3.
No. 3 doubles saw senior Amy Joubert team up with junior Paula Dinuta to dominate the No. 3 team from USA 8-0.
Singles was much of the same for the Mean Green.
North Texas won all but one set in singles play, but lost a point in the process.
Dinuta, who has been battling illness for much of the year, won her first set against Chana Hine 7-6 before having to retire and surrender the match to USA due to illness.
Paraschiv continued her hot streak in singles, winning her bout 6-2, 6-3. The win runs her streak to seven of the last eight singles matches.
Freshman Carolina Barboza had a stellar performance as she stepped in for the fatigued Ranganathan, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 over the Jaguars Julia Ivanova.
The Mean Green will look to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season when it takes on UTEP on Friday, March 25 at the Waranch Tennis Complex in Denton. Start time is scheduled for 3 p.m., and as always, admission is free of charge.