Tennis Returns Home For UTEP and Northwestern State

DENTON, Texas - North Texas tennis returns to the Waranch Tennis Complex for the first of three straight home matches Friday afternoon when it plays host to UTEP.

The Mean Green (4-9) will be looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season, while the Miners (4-8) will be hitting the road for the first time in over a month.

"Our emphasis has been on mental toughness for the past week," said head coach Sujay Lama. "We are seeing some leaders emerge and this is going to very important as we play the remaining regular season matches starting with UTEP"

North Texas took down conference foe South Alabama last time out in a dominating 6-1 victory in which the only lost point came when junior Paula Dinuta retired due to illness after a first set victory.

Irina Paraschiv has been on a roll for the Mean Green, winning seven of her last eight singles matches dating back to the victory over Utah State.

Aside from squaring-off with the Miners on Friday, North Texas will also be in action Sunday afternoon against Northwestern State.

"We have got to get on a roll so we can continue building our confidence heading into post season play," Lama added.

The Lady Demons (7-4) are coming off a Southland Conference Championship season and NCAA Tournament berth in 2010.

As always, admission to the Waranch Tennis Complex is free of charge. Start time for Friday's match against UTEP is scheduled for 3 p.m., while the match against Northwestern State on Sunday is set for Noon.



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