Tennis Drops Heartbreaker to Wichita State

WICHITA, Kansas- The 51st-rated Mean Green tennis team fell to Wichita State, 4-3, on Saturday at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex.

North Texas (11-6) was able to jump out to an early lead by taking two of the three doubles matches, but couldn't hold on in singles with the Shockers (8-5) taking four of the six singles bouts.

"This one hurts, but you've got to give Wichita State a lot of credit," said head coach Sujay Lama. "They played an outstanding match. We'll learn from it and hopefully become better for the stretch run."

The duo of Nadia Lee and Barbora Vykydalova moved to 5-1 on the season with a win at No. 1 doubles, 8-5 over WSU's Veronika Blaskova and Lucia Kovalova.

The No. 3 team of Kseniya Bardabush and Valentina Starkova notched the first point of the match with their tiebreak, 9-7, win over Montse Fernandez and Delia Damaschin.

Singles saw the Shocker jump to a 3-1 lead before the Mean Green began its comeback.

Starkova narrowed the Shockers lead to 3-2 with a 6-4, 7-6 victory in her first match at No. 4 singles. The win was the junior first victory in her last four matches.

No. 6 singles pitted Vykydalova against Wichita State's Carla Venticinque.  The North Texas junior was able to tie the match with a straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 win.

Paula Dinuta had another chance to be a hero on Saturday, but couldn't get it done. The senior dropped a tough three-set thriller to clinch the match or the Shockers, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

North Texas will be back in action on Tuesday, April 3, when it returns home for a match with cross-town rival UTA. 



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