Two Still Undefeated in OU Invitational Singles Bracket
Mean Green Goes 7-3 in Singles Play, Prepares for Doubles
Norman, Okla. — After the first day of the OU Invitational on Friday, two players from the North Texas tennis team remained undefeated and advanced in their respective singles brackets. Overall, the Mean Green went 7-3 in singles matches on the day, led by sophomore Ana Sofia Cordero and junior Agustina Valenzuela, who each went 2-0.
In the third (Stoops) draw, Valenzuela defeated sophomore Macie Elliot of SMU by a score of 6-2, 6-2, then went on to record a 6-2, 7-5 win over junior Emma Devine of Oklahoma. In the fourth (Switzer) draw, Cordero notched a 6-1, 6-3 win against junior Evy Van Genechten of Denver, then came back for a 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (6) victory over sophomore Jasmine Almaguer of Kansas.
Head coach Sujay Lama was extremely satisfied to see Cordero and Valenzuela pull out a few wins on the opening day, as in his eyes, there was some poetic justice in play.
“It’s great to see Agustina and Ana win both of their matches,” he said. “Both of them had heartbreaking losses last weekend and were determined to turn things around.”
But the rest of the team wasn’t about to be overshadowed. In the top (Boomer) draw, junior Kamilla Galieva won her first match against junior Julia Schiller of Wichita St. by a score of 7-5, 7-5, but lost 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in the next round to sophomore Shannon Hudson of Arkansas. Also in the Boomer draw, junior Anastasiya Shestakova fell 6-2, 6-2 in the first round to freshman Dobby Leenabanchong of Tulsa. She bounced back in the consolation bracket, beating freshman Hortense Boscher of Texas Tech by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Last but not least, in the second (Sooner) draw, sophomore Alexis Thoma defeated senior Lucia Kovalova of Wichita St. by a score of 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. However, she lost 6-2, 6-2 in the second round to senior Abbi Melrose of Oklahoma.
“We had a terrific day and showed tremendous improvement from last weekend,” Lama boasted. “Everyone battled hard and the effort was outstanding.”
North Texas hopes to continue their stellar play tomorrow when doubles play begins. If everything goes according to plan and the rain stays away in Norman, Oklahoma, there will be two rounds of doubles and one more round of singles on Saturday. If inclement weather sweeps in, doubles pay will move inside, while singles will get bumped to Sunday.
In doubles play, Shestakova and Thoma pair up in the top (Crimson) draw, and will face the Denver duo of Gracia Mboko and Sonja Radosevic. In the second (Red) draw, Galieva and Valenzuela will play Ansley Boarman and Nada Marjanovic of Abilene Christian. Lastly, Cordero will join with Alba Perny of Tulsa, due to an odd number of players for each team; they match up with OU’s Christiana Brigante and Zita Engbrooks in the Red draw.
Senior Franziska Sprinkmeyer was originally scheduled to play in the Switzer draw, but did not make the trip due to injury.
Cordero defeats Denver, 6-2, 7-5
Galieva defeats Wichita St., 7-5, 7-5
Shestakova loses to Tulsa, 6-2, 6-2
Thoma defeats Wichita St., 6-3, 6-2
Valenzuela defeats SMU, 6-2, 6-2
Cordero defeats Kansas, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (6)
Galieva loses to Arkansas, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
Thoma loses to Oklahoma, 6-2, 6-2
Valenzuela defeats Oklahoma, 6-2, 7-5
Shestakova defeats Texas Tech, 6-3, 6-2