No. 22 Arkansas and No.59 OSU On Tap For Tennis
DENTON, Texas - No. 66 North Texas tennis heads to Fayetteville, Ark., and Tulsa, Okla., to face the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks and No. 59 Oklahoma State in the first weekend of the spring dual match season. The 2011 season marks the first time that
DENTON, Texas - No. 66 North Texas tennis heads to Fayetteville, Ark., and Tulsa, Okla., to face the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks and No. 59 Oklahoma State in the first weekend of the spring dual match season.
The 2011 season marks the first time that North Texas has ever begun the season ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
"We are excited to get our spring season underway this weekend," said head coach Sujay Lama. "Arkansas and Oklahoma State are formidable opponents. We understand that these are the types of matches that are tremendous challenge for us but also great opportunities. Playing this type of competition is the only way to improve and continue to raise the level of our program. Our kids have embraced this mind set and will compete hard. "
The Mean Green is coming off a Sun Belt Conference Championship and are looking to become the first team North Texas team to win back-to-back conference championships since football did it in 2003 and 2004.
Lama will be featuring a line-up that lost only one player from last year's championship line-up, while adding two more during the off-season.
Junior Paula Dinuta will be taking the reins early for the Mean Green as she is coming off a strong fall season and a remarkable 17-6 year in the No. 3 slot during 2010.
Joining her will be junior Irina Paraschiv and junior transfer Nadia Lee.
Lee is no stranger to success as she is a two-time JUCO All-American and the member of Lee College's 2009 JUCO National Championship team.
Two seniors will also feature a prominent role for North Texas during the 2011 campaign.
Madura Ranganathan and Amy Joubert will be a pivotal part of repeating. Ranganathan is coming off of an All-Sun Belt Conference year while Joubert will be crucial in doubles.
Freshman Isabel Bos, who arrive two weeks ago from The Netherlands, will work her way up the ladder quickly as well.
The Mean Green will head to Tulsa from Arkansas and face-off with No. 59 Oklahoma State on Sunday.