Tennis Hopes to Build Win Streak in Albuquerque
Tough Opponents Nevada, New Mexico Await Mean Green
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With a new digit in the win column and a new outlook on the upcoming schedule, the North Texas tennis team heads to New Mexico for a pair of difficult matches this weekend. First, the Mean Green will play Nevada (1-1) in a neutral site matchup January 31 at 12 p.m., then the visitors will face off against host New Mexico (4-1) February 1 at 11 a.m.
North Texas is coming off an impressive 4-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin to improve its season record to 1-3. The Mean Green kicked off the spring with three losses in hard-fought matches against top-35 teams, but with those losses came lessons learned and experience gained.
"We want to build on our last match and keep improving and enjoying the journey," head coach Sujay Lama explained. "We are very focused on the process."
Throughout his eight-plus years at North Texas, Lama has focused on scheduling opponents who may not be a typical foe. This way, his players are constantly challenged and are subjected to many different styles of play from match to match.
"Part of improving is playing in different conditions and teams we are not very familiar with," he said.
In the history of North Texas tennis, the team is 0-1 against Nevada with a 4-3 loss to the No. 70 Wolf Pack February 10, 2008. That was also a neutral site match, which took place in Lubbock. On the other hand, the Mean Green is 2-0 against New Mexico, including a 5-2 victory over the No. 69 Lobos March 16 of last season.
Between the two upcoming opponents, there is one ranked singles player: New Mexico sophomore Emily Olivier, who is No. 75 in the country.