Tennis Faces Two Texas Schools Over The Weekend

DENTON, Texas (2/12/09) - The North Texas tennis team looks to keep things rolling on the road in the "Lone Star" state against UT-San Antonio and Texas State this weekend. Both of these matches will begin at 12 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

"It’s important for us to build on the small momentum we have," said North Texas head coach Sujay Lama. "These are good teams we are facing and we need to be focused on our execution and compete hard for every point. We enjoy the camaraderie on our road trips and our team is excited to give it their all this weekend."

The Mean Green (4-2) is fresh off two 7-0 wins at home versus Stephen F. Austin and Midwestern State this past weekend. Regionally ranked players for North Texas, Irina Paraschiv (No.14) and Madura Ranganthan (No. 16), looked impressive in their matches. Paraschiv beat Roxana Enica of Stephen F. Austin 6-1, 6-2 and defeated Kaja Banas of Midwestern State 6-0, 6-0. Ranganathan won versus Sanjana Kapur of the "Jacks" 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-4 against Tonya Blair of the Mustangs. Irina and Madura also showed their No. 8 regional ranking in doubles winning 8-0 and 8-1.

North Texas will first square off against UT-San Antonio on Saturday. The Roadrunners of UTSA are currently 4-3 this season with wins over Laredo CC, St. Edwards, Western New Mexico, and New Mexico State. In singles their top three players are Karen Scida, Nathalie Wallin, and Monika Drabkova. Scida (No.1) has posted a 3-4 record, while Wallin (No.2) is at 6-1 and Drabkova (No.3) is 4-3. The Roadrunners also hold a 13-5 lifetime mark over the Mean Green. The previous matchup came in the 2006-07 season with UTSA prevailing 7-0 and the last time NT won was during the '04-05 campaign by a score of 6-1 in Denton.

Another Southland conference opponent, Texas State (1-1), will get the Mean Green on Sunday. The Bobcats defeated Prairie View A&M in their opener then lost to Rice. North Texas holds the edge in this rivalry 12-9 with Texas State winning the last matchup (5-2) two seasons ago. The Mean Green had won six straight in the series before then.     


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