Tennis Heads to Lamar for Season Opening Tilt
North Texas tennis will begin its spring dual match against the Lamar Cardinals at the Thompson Family Tennis Center on Saturday morning in Beaumont, Texas.
DENTON, Texas - North Texas tennis will begin its spring dual match against the Lamar Cardinals at the Thompson Family Tennis Center on Saturday morning in Beaumont, Texas.
The Mean Green is coming off one of the best fall/tournament seasons in school history and is primed to make a run at its second Sun Belt Conference Championship in three years.
"We've been preparing for the dual match season since school began in the fall," said head coach Sujay Lama. "We are excited to get it going this weekend. This time of the year is why we love college tennis."
Leading North Texas will be junior transfer Valentina Starkova and senior Nadia Lee.
Starkova, who went 8-7 in singles during the fall season, took home a second place finish at the annual Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas over the break and is ready to shoulder the load for the Mean Green.
"I am excited to play our first match," said Starkova. "A bit nervous but ready to step on the court, stay tough in every situation and take care of business this weekend.
Lee was able to find her stride during the fall season, finishing with a stunning 12-4 record in singles.
"I think we have good depth and I hope I can contribute my experience as a senior to help us out as a team," said Lee. "I'm looking forward to playing our first dual match as a new team."
For the first time under Lama, North Texas can find strength in any doubles team in puts on the court.
Lama and associate head coach Jeff Maren have used 12 different combinations of doubles teams in the fall with every single duo holding a winning record for a team record of 37-13.
"We have an experienced group of ladies but four of them will be playing their first dual match for the Mean Green," Lama added. "They'll have some jitters but they are ready to go."
The match will begin at 11 a.m. with the teams competing in doubles. Singles play will follow the conclusion of doubles.
In a dual match setting, the winner of at least two of the three doubles matches receives one point and the first team to four overall points wins the match.