Mean Green Advances to Sun Belt Championship With 4-2 Victory

NEW ORLEANS, La. (4/24/10) - North Texas Tennis advanced to its first Sun Belt Conference Championship match Saturday night when it took down Louisiana-Lafayette 4-2 from the University Tennis Center.

The Mean Green (16-6) had to come from behind early after it dropped the doubles point in dramatic fashion.

The Ragin' Cajuns (12-9) grabbed the first match of the afternoon when Tara Vasovic and Briggitt Marcovich defeated Madura Ranganathan and Paula Dinuta 8-3.

"We faced tremendous adversity today but found a way to win," said head coach Sujay Lama. "It was a total team work and we are very proud of our ladies. Tomorrow will be a great challenge but also a great opportunity. We are going to be ready to give it all we have."

North Texas squared the doubles matches at one a side minutes later when Irina Paraschiv and Amy Joubert turned in an 8-5 victory over Julie Mazinova and Mia Grodon.

Lafayette would go onto take the point when Audrey Woodland and Milou Israel came from behind to defeat Catalina Cruz and Barbora Vykydalova 9-7.

In singles, the Mean Green nabbed the first three matches.

Dinuta turned in a dominant effort from the No, 3 singles slot when she handed Marcovich a 6-1, 6-1 straight sets loss.

Joubert wouldn't take much longer than Dinuta in her singles match.  The junior turned away Vasovic quickly with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Cruz, the only senior on the North Texas squad, stepped up and grabbed the third Mean Green match. She ran through the first set 6-1, before holding on in the second for the win, 6-4.

When it came down to the end, Vykydalova came through yet again.  The freshman appeared to be anything but inexperienced, pushing her match to three games and clinching the North Texas victory with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory.

The Mean Green will appear in the championship match tomorrow afternoon at the University Tennis Center at noon when it will take on Florida International.  

Louisiana vs North Texas (Apr 24, 2010)

North Texas 4, Louisiana 2
Apr 24, 2010 at New Orleans, La.

Singles competition
1. Wooland, Audrey (UL) def. Ranganathan, Madura (NT) 6-2, 7-5
2. Paraschiv, Irina (NT) vs. Mazinova, Julie (UL) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
3. Dinuta, Paula (NT) def. Marcovich, Briggitt (UL) 6-1, 6-1
4. Vykydalova, Barbora (NT) def. Israel, Milou (UL) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. Cruz, Catalina (NT) def. Gordon, Mia (UL) 6-1, 6-4
6. Joubert, Amy (NT) def. Vasovic, Tara (UL) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Joubert, Amy/Paraschiv, Irina (NT) def. Mazinova, Julie/Gordon, Mia (UL) 8-5
2. Israel, Milou/Wooland, Audrey (UL) def. Cruz, Catalina/Vykydalova, Barbora (NT) 9-7
3. Vasovic, Tara/Marcovich, Briggitt (UL) def. Ranganathan, Madura/Dinuta, Paula (NT) 8-3

Match Notes
Louisiana 12-9
North Texas 16-6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,5,1,4)
#2 NT, No. 6 ULL
SBC Semifinals
NT advances to Sunday championship match against FIU

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