Tennis Gets Last Warmup For Spring Season At UCF Quad
Hidden Dual Format Will Include UCF, C-USA Foes Rice and FIU
The North Texas tennis team kicks off its spring season on Saturday at the UCF Quad Tournament. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON — The North Texas tennis team opens its spring season on Saturday when it travels to Orlando, Florida, for the UCF Quad Tournament. The three-day event will feature the hosting Knights and Conference USA rivals Rice and FIU.
“I’m really excited because these kids have put the work in throughout the fall,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “I expect some rust since they haven’t played a live match since November, but the competitive chemistry on our team is really good. The level of competition in the intrasquad is going to pay off this weekend when we play some really good teams.”
The tournament’s hidden dual format will allow each squad to play one doubles match and one singles match per day. More importantly, it will give each coaching staff the opportunity to experiment with their lineups before the head-to-head season kicks off in eight days.
North Texas will open Saturday’s first day by taking on Rice in doubles play and meet host UCF in singles action.
“I only see advantages in the format,” Lama said. “This gives us a chance to put our team in different spots and see how they react. A lot depends on their performance and it gives the feeling of playing as a team even though there won’t be team results.”
A number of Mean Green players enter the spring after impressive efforts throughout the fall season. Lama will be paying special attention to four freshmen who combined for 21 singles wins and 17 doubles victories in the fall, including Tamuna Kutubidze who added eight wins in both categories.
North Texas will look to improve on a 9-14 overall record from 2015 this spring, including a 2-2 mark in C-USA matches. The team will kick off its official dual-match season next weekend when they host Central Arkansas at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, from the Waranch Tennis Complex.
For a full schedule of the UCF Quad Tournament click here.