Tennis Advances To Semi-Finals, Will Face Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday

NEW ORLEANS, La. (4/23/10) - North Texas Tennis advanced to the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship with a convincing 4-0 victory over Middle Tennessee Friday morning at UNO's University Tennis Center.

The Mean Green (15-6) duo of Catalina Cruz and Barbora Vykydalova started the run for North Texas by taking their doubles match decisively, 8-2, over Anna Djanaova and Yuiri Nomoto.

"Start to finish, our ladies played with controlled passion," said head coach Sujay Lama. "This is a team that is playing with confidence towards one goal. We are excited about the opportunity to compete in the semi finals of our Conference Championship."

Sophomore Irina Paraschiv picked up where she left off last weekend, taking down the Blue Raiders' Djananova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

"Even though I didn't play my best tennis today I'm happy I was able to focus and win my match quickly," said Paraschiv. "I'm excited that we won today and I'm looking forward for tomorrow."

Paraschiv has now won three singles matches in a row, the second longest active streak on the team.

Cruz nabbed the third point for the Mean Green with her singles victory. After being down 4-2 in the first set, the senior battled her way to a 7-5 first set victory before cruising through the second set 6-0.

Another sophomore, Paula Dinuta, collected the match clinching point when she defeated Marietta Bigus in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

North Texas' opponent in the semi-final will be Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns advanced to take on the Mean Green behind an upset of the No. 3 Denver Pioneers Friday.

Lafayette and the Mean Green have met once this season already. North Texas took down the Ragin' Cajuns in Denton 6-1.

Saturday's match is scheduled for 10 a.m. from the University of New Orleans' University Tennis Courts. The winner of the match will advance to the Sun Belt Championship match Sunday afternoon.  

University of New Orleans Tennis
Middle Tennessee vs North Texas (Apr 23, 2010)

North Texas 4, Middle Tennessee 0
Apr 23, 2010 at New Orleans, La. (University Tennis Ctr)

Singles competition
1. Ranganathan, Madura (NT) vs. Nava, Carla (MT) 6-6, unfinished
2. Paraschiv, Irina (NT) def. Djananova, Anna (MT) 6-3, 6-0
3. Dinuta, Paula (NT) def. Bigus, Marietta (MT) 6-4, 6-1
4. Vykydalova, Barbora (NT) vs. Araya, Natalie (MT) 7-6 (7-5), 3-0, unfinished
5. Kazarova, Narine (NT) vs. Nomoto, Yuiri (MT) 6-3, 1-3, unfinished
6. Cruz, Catalina (NT) def. Coffey, Taylor (MT) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Joubert, Amy/Paraschiv, Irina (NT) vs. Nava, Carla/Bigus, Marietta (MT) 7-4, unfinished
2. Vykydalova, Barbora/Cruz, Catalina (NT) def. Djananova, Anna/Nomoto, Yuiri (MT) 8-2
3. Ranganathan, Madura/Kazarova, Narine (NT) def. Coffey, Taylor/Araya, Natalie (MT) 8-4

Match Notes
Middle Tennessee 11-10
North Texas 15-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,3)
#2 NT, #7 Middle Tennessee
SBC Quarterfinals
NT advances to face DU/ULL winner at 10 a.m. on Saturday

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