Mean Green Fall To No. 42 Rice On Senior Day

DENTON, Texas (4/11/10) - No. 74 North Texas tennis dropped a tough match to No. 42 Rice  on senior day at the Waranch Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.

The Mean Green (12-6) fell behind early and could never recover as they dropped their first match since March 12, 6-1.

"Today, we got beat by a very good Rice team," said head coach Sujay Lama. "They took advantage of the match ups and did not give us any opportunity to create any momentum. This match definitely provided us an opportunity to learn and improve on a few areas as we move into the last two weeks of the season."

Rice jumped out to a huge lead in both No. 1 and 3 double and ended up taking both matches 8-1 despite some very close games.   

No. 2 doubles notched the first of only two match wins for North Texas as junior Amy Joubert and Sophomore Irina Paraschiv took down the Owl's Daniella Trigo and Jessica Jackson, 8-4.

Singles didn't go much better for the Mean Green, who could not get the bounces early and lost some tough games.

Junior Narine Kazarova continued her personal winning streak, extending it to seven by fighting back and taking her match against Alex Rasch in three sets, 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (13-11).

Paula Dinuta's eight match win streak ended Sunday afternoon in the No. 4 singles slot.  The sophomore faced off with Ana Guzman, and Guzman would not be denied, taking the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

The Mean Green will be back in action next weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn., when they take on Sun Belt Conference opponents Middle Tennessee and Troy. 

Rice vs North Texas (Apr 11, 2010)

#42 Rice 6, #74 North Texas 1
Apr 11, 2010 at Denton, Texas

Singles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Ranganathan, Madura (NT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Paraschiv, Irina (NT) 6-3, 3-6, 10-8
3. Julie Chao (RICE) def. Vykydalova, Barbora (NT) 6-2, 6-2
4. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Dinuta, Paula (NT) 6-1, 6-3
5. Rebecca Lin (RICE) def. Cruz, Catalina (NT) 6-4, 6-3
6. Kazarova, Narine (NT) def. Alex Rasch (RICE) 5-7, 6-4, 13-11

Doubles competition
1. Ana Guzman/Julie Chao (RICE) def. Cruz, Catalina/Vykydalova, Barbora (NT) 8-1
2. Paraschiv, Irina/Joubert, Amy (NT) def. Daniella Trigo/Jessica Jackson (RICE) 8-4
3. Rebekka Hänle/Rebecca Lin (RICE) def. Dinuta, Paula/Ranganathan, Madura (NT) 8-1

Match Notes
Rice 11-8; National ranking #42
North Texas 12-5; National ranking #74
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,3,2,5,6)

Generated on 4/11/2010



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