Tennis Holds On, Drops Miners 4-3

DENTON, Texas - North Texas tennis edged the UTEP Miners, 4-3, Friday afternoon in a close match at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

The win gives the Mean Green (5-9) its first back-to-back wins of the season after defeating conference foe South Alabama last week.

"The team put forth great effort today," said associate head coach Jeff Maren. "We played incredible doubles and solid singles.  Our three losses could have gone either way and we played very well at the No. 3, four and five spots.  This is a nice confidence boost going into our match Sunday against Northwestern State."

North Texas jumped out easily during doubles, sweeping the Miners (4-9) in all three matches.

The top doubles slot saw junior Irina Paraschiv and sophomore Barbora Vykydalova take down the duo of Martina Trierweiler and Carolina DeLuca 8-4.

Madura Ranganathan and Nadia Lee registered the most impressive doubles victory when they turned in a dominant 8-2 win over UTEP's second doubles team.

Singles saw the Mean Green clinch the match early, turning in the first three victories in convincing fashion.

Lee grabbed the first singles match without dropping a single game to Dariya Abdrakhmanova , 6-0, 6-0.

Junior Paula Dinuta, who was forced to retire due to illness last time out, gave North Texas its third point of the day, shooting down the No. 3 Miner player in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.

Ranganathan clinched the match for the Mean Green from the No. 4 slot. The senior fought through a back and forth first set before cruising through the second for the 6-4, 6-0 win over Alexandra Glebova.

The Miners would go on to capture the final three matches in tiebreakers, including a marathon match in which UTEP's DeLuca defeated Vykydalova 7-5, 6-7, 1-0.

North Texas will be back in action Sunday at Noon when it hosts the Northwestern State Lady Demons at the Waranch Tennis Complex. As always, admission is free of charge.



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