Mean Green Look to End No. 28 Houston's Win Streak

April 4, 2015

The Last Meeting
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January 25, 2015
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Tennis Loses in Nail-Biter to No. 35 Houston
Sometimes collegiate tennis results can come down to what is basically a coin flip. North Texas had one of those matches January 25, as the Mean Green fell to No. 35 Houston by a score of 4-2.

DALLAS -- Nothing like a little early-morning tennis to get Easter Sunday started off right.

On April 5 at 8:30 a.m., North Texas plays host to No. 28 Houston, looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Cougars as a part of the ITA Kick-Off on January 25. The match was originally supposed to be played at Waranch Tennis Complex at 11:00 a.m., but it has been moved up 150 minutes - as well as to indoor courts on the campus of SMU - due to expected rainy weather.

Houston comes into the matchup as one of the hottest teams in the country. After defeating No. 71 Tulsa 4-3 on Friday, the Cougars have won a program-record 14 consecutive matches. Of those 14 opponents, six have been ranked, but only four have been outside of Houston.

"This is another huge challenge for us, but a great opportunity too," head coach Sujay Lama admitted. "They've had a great run since we last played them, but we feel like we are starting to peak."

Before falling to No. 17 TCU by a score of 4-0 on Wednesday, the Mean Green had won two in a row to reach six wins on the season. Junior Anastasiya Shestakova and senior Franziska Sprinkmeyer have been playing particularly well; Shestakova boasts a five-match win streak at No. 2 singles, while Sprinkmeyer is riding a two-decision streak of her own. Both were leading their respective matches by a set on April 1 before being called off the court when the Horned Frogs clinched their fourth team point.

On the Houston side, sophomore Despoina Vogasari is ranked No. 42 in singles, while senior Elena Kordolaimi sits at No. 118 nationally. In the team's first match, those two clinched wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.

Lama knows that it will be a tough matchup on Sunday, and it will take a great all-around effort for his team to improve to 7-11 on the season.

"It should be a great match and we will have to play our best match of the year to pull an upset," he said.


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