Tennis Hopes Home Court Equals Wins This Weekend

Feb. 12, 2016

North Texas Mean Green (1-4) vs. Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (4-1)
Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. CT
Denton, TX | Waranch Tennis Complex

North Texas Mean Green (1-4) vs. No. 36 Oklahoma Sooners (3-1)
Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. CT
Denton, TX | Waranch Tennis Complex

DENTON — The North Texas tennis team will be back in action with two matches this weekend and, for the first time in almost three weeks, the competition will take place in Denton.

The Mean Green will play host to Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech on Saturday before taking on No. 36 Oklahoma on Sunday. Both matches will begin at 12 p.m. from the Waranch Tennis Complex.

It’s been a rocky start for head coach Sujay Lama’s squad. After beginning the spring dual season with a 6-1 win over Central Arkansas, the Mean Green have dropped each of their last four road contests against stout opponents that have combined for a 24-4 record to this point on the year. The 10th-year coach believes a home court advantage is exactly what his team needs to get back on track.

“Playing at home makes a big difference,” Lama said. “It just seems like teams give just a little extra at home because they’re being inspired by the people surrounding them. We really do well when we play here so it’s the right time or us to be back on our home court.”

Lama’s claims shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, North Texas has combined for a 61-30 record from Denton since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Lama’s first year at the helm for the Mean Green. The team’s lone win this spring came at home against UCA.

Louisiana Tech enters the weekend on a three-match win streak and holds a 4-1 record on the season. Strong doubles play has been the pinnacle for LA Tech so far, as the Techsters are a perfect 10-0 through five duals. In singles, senior Alexandra Starkova and junior Jazmin Britos have combined to go 8-1 in singles.

Saturday’s match will be a rematch of the first round of the C-USA Tournament last season from Houston, where the Mean Green won, 4-0.

Sunday’s opponent, the 36th-ranked Sooners, are 3-1 on the year. Sophomore Lily Miyazaki leads the way for Oklahoma in singles play. She remains undefeated on the year and enters the weekend as the No. 52-ranked individual player in collegiate tennis, according to the latest rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

With temperatures expected to near 70 degrees throughout Sunday, weather shouldn’t get in the way of the weekend’s tennis. Fans are encouraged to show support, and free t-shirts will be given out while supplies last.



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