LAFAYETTE, La. (3/16/13) - The North Texas tennis team defeated ULM, 5-2, winning its third Sun Belt Conference match of the year Saturday at the Cajun Courts in Lafayette.
"I felt we did an exceptional job today against a determined and feisty ULM team," assistant coach Wade Zimmerman said. "We maintained our composure and stayed poised in many of our matches. This match will definitely help us down the road when we play the SBC Championships in Lafayette."
The Mean Green (9-4, 3-0) took an early lead 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point.
Senior duo Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova defeated ULM's Sophie Rufyikiri and Ema Turudija, 8-3, to bring the doubles score to 1-1. Sophomores Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer defeated Silvia Tumova and Petra Horakova, 8-3, to clinch the point for North Texas.
North Texas dropped the No. 6 singles position point to bring the score to 1-1. Senior Ilona Serchenko defeated Turudija in straight sets, 7-5; 6-2, at the No. 5 singles spot.
The Mean Green took the next two matches to clinch the victory. Starkova defeated Tumova, 6-4; 6-4, at the No. 3 singles spot while Vykydalova defeated Medy Blankvoort in a three-set thriller, 6-1; 4-6; 6-3, at the No. 2 position.
Bardabush also won in three sets defeating Rufyikiri, 6-3; 6-7 (3); 6-2, at the No. 1 singles spot.
"Kseniya and Barbora showed great fortitude and strength throughout their 3-set singles matches today," Zimmerman added.
North Texas will face Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at the Cajun Courts. The match will have live stats as well as video.
North Texas 5, ULM 2
March 16, 2013
1. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2
2. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Medy Blankvoort (ULM) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
3. Valentna Starkova (NT) def. Silvia Tumova (ULM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Justyna Krol (ULM) def. Franziska Sprinkmeyer (NT) 7-5, 2-6, 3-6
5. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Ema Turudija (ULM) 7-5, 6-2
6. Petra Horakova (ULM) def. Agustina Valenzuela (NT) 1-6, 2-6
1. Starkova/Vykydalova (NT) def. Rufyikiri/Turudija (ULM) 8-3
2. Baradabush/Sprinkmeyer (NT) def. Turnova/Horakova 8-3
3. Krol/Blankvoort (ULM) def. Joubert/Serchenko (NT) 8-1
Order of Finish
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 6, 5, 3, 2, 4, 1
North Texas: 9-4