North Texas Completes Day One at FGCU Invite

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mean Green tennis came out of the winter break slowly on Saturday, collecting a 5-6 overall record on the first day of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

Seniors Nadia Lee and Paula Dinuta, as well as freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer, went 2-0 and on the day, winning in both singles in doubles.

"We expected to see a little rust today, but were surprised by our lack of 'fight'," said associate head coach Jeff Maren.  "We will need to see a quick improvement in this area tomorrow to continue preparing for the spring season."

Dinuta, teamed with junior transfer Ilona Serchenko, jumped on the board early as the duo defeated host Florida Gulf Coast's Botha and Solaun in dominating fashion, 8-1.

Lee and Sprinkmeyer weren't far behind as the two dispatched FGCU's Means and Evans, 8-4, minutes later.

Dinuta would then run through Northwestern St.'s Linda Gamo in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 while Sprinkmeyer matched the senior's straight set victory with one of her own, defeating Rebeca Pereira of North Florida 6-2, 6-4.

Saturday  also marked the first match of the season for senior Irina Paraschiv, as she joined forces with Kseniya Bardabush in doubles, falling in a dramatic fashion, 9-8 (2).

Play at the FGCU Invitational continues at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday with doubles matches.

North Texas Individual Results
Valentina Starkova loss to Lorena Aviles (North Florida) 6-4, 6-2
Nadia Lee def. Andrea Nedorostova (Northwestern St.) 3-6, 6-4, 10-2
Kseniya Bardabush loss to Danielle Day (North Florida) 7-5, 6-2
Paula Dinuta def. Linda Gamo (Northwestern St.) 6-1, 6-3
Ilona Serchenko loss to Lucia Kovalova (Wichita St.) 6-4, 6-2
Barbora Vykydalova def. Marie Chartier (Iowa St.) 3-6, 6-4, 10-2
Franziska Sprinkmeyer def. Rebeca Pereira (North Florida) 6-2, 6-4

Starkova/Vykydalova loss to Macedo/Pronina (Iowa St.) 8-6
Sprinkmeyer/Lee def. Means/Evans (Florida Gulf Coast) 8-4
Bardabush/Paraschiv loss to Pereria/Cunningham (North Florida) 9-8 (2)
Serchenko/Dinuta def. Botha/ Solaun (Florida Gulf Coast) 8-1



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