Tennis Comes Home With Three Championships

FORT MEYERS, Fla. (1/21/12) - Sophomore Franziska Sprinkmeyer wrapped up the final day of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational winning a singles and doubles flight championship.

Sprinkmeyer defeated North Florida's Taylor Hollander 6-7 (7), 6-3, 12-10. Sprinkmeyer then teamed up with fellow sophomore Kseniya Bardabush to defeat Pronina - Cacciutolo, of Iowa State, 9-8 (5).

"It was very good preparation for the upcoming dual matches" Sprinkmeyer said. "On the first two days our team were dominating the matches and each of us we found our game very fast. Even though we did not play our best we all fought hard."

Freshman Emelia Box defeated teammate Dané Joubert in the Flight 5 finals match 6-2, 6-3.

Seniors Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova teamed up to defeat Iowa State's Langhorst - Anderson 8-1 to take fifth place in the doubles Flight 1.

Freshman Agustina Valenzula defeated Gasparovic, of Iowa State, in straigt sets 6-2; 6-4 to take fifth place in the singles Flight 4.

"I think after this tournament we are ready to compete as a team and are very excited for the upcoming season," Sprinkmeyer added. 

North Texas tennis returns to action Jan. 26-27 in College Station, Texas for the ITA Kickoff at the Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M.


Flight 1
Lorenea Aviles (UNF) def. Kseniya Bardabush (UNT) - 6-4, 6-2
Tatiana Larina (NSULA) def. Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) - 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 (Consolation)
Flight 2
Simona Weymer (UNF) def. Valentina Starkova (UNT) - 7-6 (4), 7-5
Flight 3
Andrea Nedorostova (NSULA) def. Ilona Serchenko (UNT) - 6-1, 2-6, 10-6
Flight 4
Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Taylor Hollander (UNF) - 6-7 (7), 6-3, 12-10
Agustina Valenzuela (UNT) def. Ana Gasparovic  - 7-6 (13), 6-2 (Consolation)
Flight 5
Emelia Box (UNT) def. Dane' Joubert (UNT) - 6-2, 6-3

Flight 1
Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Pronina/Cacciutolo (ISU) - 9-8 (5)
Starkova/Vykydalova (UNT) def. Langhorst/Andersen (ISU) - 8-1 (Consolation)
Flight 2
Hollander/Periera (UNF) def. Joubert/Serchenko (UNT) - 8-5 (Consolation)
Flight 3
Solaun (FGCU)/Cunningham (UNF) def. Box/Valenzuela (UNT) - 9-7



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