Tennis Set For Tough Weekend Test In Tulsa

Feb. 26, 2016

No. 68 North Texas Mean Green (5-4)

at No. 14 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-1)
Friday | Feb. 26, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. CT
Tulsa, OK | Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Live Stats: Tulsa Stream

vs. USF Bulls (1-4)
Saturday | Feb. 27, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. CT
Tulsa, OK | Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Live Stats: Tulsa Stream

DENTON — With a four-match win streak intact, the No. 68 North Texas tennis team is in for its toughest test so far in the spring season as the Mean Green will take on a No. 14 Tulsa team at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, from the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. That match will be followed up with a contest against USF at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Head coach Sujay Lama sees the pair of matches as just the latest opportunity to show what his team is capable of.

“This is a very important stretch,” Lama said. “All these teams are very good, and they won’t give away a lot of free games or free points. I feel like if we compete the way we’re capable of competing, good things are going to happen for us. Our team is really excited for the opportunity.”

And what an opportunity it is.

The Golden Hurricane have a top-15 Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking for the first time in program history after jumping 20 spots from last week’s poll. At 10-1 on the year, Tulsa athletes have a collective record of 39-5 in singles play and 14-6 in doubles. Three Hurricane players remain undefeated on the year, led by a 9-0 mark from Marcelina Cichon.

Saturday’s opponent, USF, has had a slower start to the spring than they would’ve hoped, but it’s been a direct result of their competition. The Bulls (1-4) have played three of its five matches against nationally-ranked opponents, including two matches against top-5 rivals. The team’s only win came on January 29 against Florida Gulf Coast.

For North Texas (5-4), the objective is to continue improving with every match. Perhaps most notably, Lama would like to see his team’s usually-dependable doubles play get back to its old form after dropping both doubles points in matches last weekend.

“The focus this weekend is trying to get back to where we were in doubles earlier in the year where I felt like we had really good doubles play,” the 10th-year coach said. “Especially on the road, getting a great start is key. We know that we have the depth in singles to put some pressure if we get off to a good start.”

Live stats of both weekend matches can be found here.



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