Mean Green Falls to UT Arlington in Road Finale
Senior Day Sunday for Bardabush and Sprinkmeyer
ARLINGTON -- The North Texas tennis team's day trip to UT Arlington did not go as hoped, as the Lady Mavs defeated the Mean Green 4-0. The loss dropped the team to 7-13 on the season with one more match to play, a Senior Day contest on Sunday at 10 a.m. vs. South Alabama.
It began with doubles, where UT Arlington's No. 1 and No. 2 teams each defeated their North Texas counterparts 6-2. The Mean Green No. 3 pair of Ana Sofia Cordero and Agustina Valenzuela trailed the Lady Mavs' Christine Foote and Augustina Serio by a score of 4-2 when they were called off the court.
Then it continued with singles, where Valenzuela, Anastasiya Shestakova and Franziska Sprinkmeyer all lost in straight sets. Coming in, Kseniya Bardabush looked to have had her hands full with Elizabeth Thoms - who came into the match sporting a 12-2 record in dual matches - at No. 1, but won the first set with ease. Thoms came back strong in the second set, and the match went unfinished with a 6-2, 5-2 score.
Kamilla Galieva also had a one-set lead over her opponent, Jessica Birowski, at the No. 6 position, but that match also went unfinished at 6-3, 3-5. Alexis Thoma was down 5-7, 3-3 when she and Augustina Serio were called off the court at No. 4 singles.
"We got off to a slow start in doubles and UT Arlington took advantage," head coach Sujay Lama explained. "We did a much better job in singles, but it unfortunately wasn't good enough to get the job done. The focus now is on finishing strong tomorrow on Senior Day."
Festivities will begin a bit before the 10 a.m. start time, as the administration, coaches and fellow players will honor their two seniors, Bardabush and Sprinkmeyer. The Jaguars will look to spoil the Mean Green's afternoon, as they come into Denton with an 18-1 overall record. It would be an undefeated 19-0 if not for a 4-1 loss to C-USA opponent Middle Tennessee on April 10 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
1. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer lose to de los Rios/Thoms, 6-2
2. Shestakova/Thoma lose to Birowski/Gehre, 6-2
3. Cordero/Valenzuela vs. Foote/Serio goes unfinished, 2-4
1. Bardabush vs. Thoms goes unfinished, 6-2, 2-5
2. Shestakova loses to de los Rios, 7-5, 6-2
3. Valenzeula loses to Gehre, 6-3, 6-3
4. Thoma vs. Serio goes unfinished, 5-7, 3-3
5. Sprinkmeyer loses to Foote, 7-6 (6), 6-2
6. Galieva vs. Birowski goes unfinished, 6-3, 3-5