DENTON, Texas (4/12/13) - The nationally ranked No. 74 North Texas tennis team snapped Troy's 12 match winning streak today defeating the Trojans, 4-1.
"This was a fun match and one we had to battle hard," head coach Sujay Lama said. "Troy is a much improved team and they got off to a strong start in doubles. We kept our poise to come back and that gave us a huge lift going into singles play."
The Mean Green grabbed an early advantage winning doubles matches at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Dané Joubert and Ilona Serchenko took down nationally ranked No. 90 Candela Munoz Giron and Anja Cosovic, 8-1, in the No. 3 slot.
Sophomore duo Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer made a thrilling comeback defeating Hannah Toro and Rosaura Ramirez-Vega, 8-6, in the No. 2 spot.
Serchenko added to North Texas' lead defeating Munoz Giron in straight sets, 6-1; 6-4, at the No. 5 singles position. Sprinkmeyer dropped her set at the No. 4 position to bring to score to 2-1.
"We take great pride in our fitness and Coach Wade has done a phenomenal job in getting our ladies in great shape," Lama added. "You could see that paying off in singles."
Bardabush picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Karoline Grymel at the No. 1 position. Barbora Vykydalova clinched the win for North Texas defeating Lyubov Dorofeeva in straight sets, 6-1; 6-4, at the No. 2 position.
"Our goal is to come out and finish off our last regular season match on Sunday on a positive note," Lama said. "It's also the last time our three seniors will be playing at home. It will be an emotional match and we would love to make it a memorable day for them."
The Mean Green returns to action on Sunday, April 14, to take on Middle Tennessee at 11 a.m. at the Waranch Tennis Complex. Sunday will be senior day for Ilona Serchenko, Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova.
No. 74 North Texas 4, Troy 1
April 12, 2013
Waranch Tennis Complex
1. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. Karoline Grymel (Troy) 6-3, 6-2
2. Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Lyubov Dorofeeva (Troy) 6-1, 6-4
3. Valentina Starkova (NT) vs. Anja Cosovic (Troy) 6-4, 1-6, 2-4 unfinished
4. Hannah Toro (Troy) def. Franziska Sprinkmeyer (NT) 6-4, 6-2
5. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Candela Munoz Giron (Troy) 6-1, 6-4
6. Agustina Valenzuela (NT) vs. Rosaura Ramirez-Vega (Troy) 2-6, 6-2, unfinished
1. Grymel/Dorofeeva (Troy) def. Starkova/Vykydalova (NT) 8-5
2. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer (NT) def. Toro/Ramirez-Vega 8-6
3. Joubert/Serchenko (NT) def. No. 90 Munoz Giron/Cosovic 8-1
North Texas (14-5)
Order of Finish
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 5, 4, 1, 2