JONESBORO, Ark. (3-11-07) Idalina Franca was victorious at the No. 2 singles position but the North Texas tennis team (0-11) fell 6-1 to the ASU Indians (3-5) at Jonesboro’s Allen Park this afternoon.
“The two people who have really had a great showing this weekend were Idalina and Aziza,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “A few weeks ago Idalina came to me and was disappointed that she was losing three-set matches so she put in extra time and extra lessons and her hard work has paid off. It’s really great to have a player like her setting examples for other girls in the program.”
For the second consecutive match, it only took Idalina Franca two sets to win in No. 2 doubles. She defeated Zeljka Minic 6-4, 6-4.
Aziza Aba Butain and Megan Schmulbach teamed up to win 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles position but the doubles point was ultimately won by the ASU Indians.
“I am very proud of Aziza,” said Lama. “We were fortunate to have her this weekend. She has been very, very sick with the flu all week and barely made trip. She fought hard and hung in there. She battled and I am really proud of that.”
Up next for Mean Green tennis is a home match against UI-Chicago on Fri, March 16 at 3 pm at Waranch Tennis Complex.
ARKANSAS STATE 6, NORTH TEXAS 1
No. 1 Maria Oprea (ASU) df. Megan Schumbach (UNT), 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 Idalina Franca (UNT) df. Zeljka Minic (ASU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Rone van Wyk (ASU) df. Aziza Aba Butain (UNT), 6-1, 2-0 (retired)
No. 4 Paula Chelminska (ASU) df. Sara Giles (UNT), 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Rene Branker (ASU) df. Emi Itabashi (UNT), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Ashlesha Lokhande (ASU) df. Hollie Caras (UNT), 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 Megan Schumbach/Aziza Aba Butain (UNT) df. Paula Chelminska/My-Hang Nguyen (ASU), 8-5
No. 2 Maria Oprea/Rene Branker (ASU) df. Idalina Franca/Sara Giles (UNT), 8-2
No. 3 Ron van Wyk/Ashlesha Lokhande (ASU) df. Emi Itabashi/Hollie Caras (UNT), 8-0