FORT MYERS, Fla. - Mean Green tennis wrapped up the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational on Monday with its strongest play of the tournament.
North Texas went a combined 10-1 on the day including a flight championship and two third place finished and two consolation championships.
"After a slow start, we finished strong today," said head coach Sujay Lama. "This was important for us because now we have some positive momentum heading into our first dual match."
Franziska Sprinkmeyer captured the flight seven singles championship with another commanding 6-2, 6-2 straight set victory over Wichita State's Valerie Brockman. The freshman didn't lose more than four games in a set in the tournament.
Senior Nadia Lee brought home third place in flight two play, after she ran through Jen Evans of Florida Gulf Coast 6-0, 6-0.
Junior transfer Valentina Starkova and freshman Kseniya Bardabush returned to the win column in singles after dramatic third-set victories.
"Valentina and Kesenia had to really gut it out today and this should give them the confidence they needed," said Lama.
Starkova, who dug herself into a hole after losing the first set 1-6, rebounded in the second set and won 7-5 before overcoming a back-and-forth tiebreaker for the 1-6, 7-5, 10-7 victory over Jithmie Jayawickrema of Stephen F. Austin.
After dropping the first set 2-6, Bardabush dictated the pace of play in the second, earning a 6-2 victory of her own. The freshman then finished the job in the third set tiebreaker, as she defeated FAU's Erika Mrazkova 2-6, 6-2, 10-5.
"We have a lot of improvement to make to get to where we want to be. We are not close to where I had hoped we would be."
Ilona Serchenko and Barbora Vykydalova registered singles victories for the second straight day, and won their respective consolation championships, while Paula Dinuta took third in flight four.
The Mean Green will kick-off the spring season on Saturday, Jan. 21 with a visit to Beaumont, Texas and a dual match against Lamar University.
North Texas Individual Results
Valentina Starkova def. Jithmie Jayawickrema (Stephen F. Austin) 1-6, 7-5, 10-7
Nadia Lee def Jen Evans (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-0, 6-0
Kseniya Bardabush def Erika Mrazkova (Florida Atlantic) 2-6, 6-2, 10-5
Paula Dinuta def Marina Cunningham (North Florida) 6-4, 6-2
Ilona Serchenko def Gyanna Mandic (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-1, 6-0
Barbora Vykydalova def Bettina Botha (Florida Gulf Coast) 6-1, 6-4
Franziska Sprinkmeyer def Valerie Brockman (Wichita State) 6-2, 6-2
Starkova/Vykydalova def Weymer/Aviles (North Florida) 8-1
Sprinkmeyer/Lee loss to Dubins/Lileikite (Miami) 8-2
Bardabush/Paraschiv def Lorca/Servise (Stephen F. Austin) 8-2
Dinuta/Sercehnko def Leyshyna/Sardak (Northwestern State) 8-2