MOBILE, Ala. (4/23/04) - After a first-round victory over Louisiana-Lafayette earlier in the day, the North Texas women’s tennis team (15-10) had its three-match winning streak snapped in a 4-0 setback to No. 2 Denver (18-1) in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Friday at the Mobile Tennis Center.
The Mean Green ran into a nationally ranked Denver squad that was fresh after receiving a first-round bye. The No. 7 seed, North Texas will now play No. 3 Middle Tennessee (10-9) at 8 a.m. on Saturday in the fifth-place consolation bracket. The Lady Raiders were upset by No. 6 Arkansas-Little Rock, who North Texas defeated earlier this season at Goldfield Tennis Center in Denton, by a 4-3 score in the quarterfinals.
Denver clinched the doubles point with flight one and two victories that gave it the early lead. The Pioneers No. 42-ranked doubles team of Yannick Dullens and Suzanna Maksovic defeated Krysta Lee and Katherine Harris, winners in six of their last seven matches, in flight one to set the tone for the rest of the contest. Lee and Harris won their match against the Ragin’ Cajuns, giving the duo 15 victories in the top flight this season to tie third most in school history by a No. 1 doubles team.
Leading 3-0, Denver clinched the match with a flight three victory by Jenny Trettin. The Pioneers also won at the two, four and five slots, while flights one and six were not finished. Kelli Royer, Ashley Sammis, Ingrid Stockinger and Megan Schmulbach all won their singles matches against UL-Lafayette. Stockinger and Royer each picked up their team-high 17th win of the season in the Mean Green’s early match.
North Texas’ win over the Ragin’ Cajuns marked its 15th victory, its most-single victories since the 1986-87 team won 15 matches as well. One more victory will give North Texas its fourth-best record in school history.
The Mean Green will play at least two more matches in the Sun Belt Championships regardless of the outcome against Middle Tennessee. A victory over the Lady Raiders, ranked No. 64 in the nation, will put North Texas in the fifth-place match (Sunday, 9 AM). A setback to MT will put North Texas in the seventh-place match (Saturday, 3 PM).
Denver 4, North Texas 0
1 - Dullens/Maksovic (DU) def. K. Lee/Harris (NT), 8-2
2 - Trettin/Kourim (DU) def. Sammis/Royer (NT), 8-0
3 - Schmulbach/H. Lee (NT) vs. Sackmaster/Messaros (DU), DNF
1 - Krysta Lee (NT) vs. Yannick Dullens (DU), DNF
2 - Kelli Royer (NT) vs. Suzanna Maksovic (DU), DNF
3 - Jenny Trettin (DU) def. Ashley Sammis (NT), 6-2, 6-3
4 - Barb Kourim (DU) def. Megan Schmulbach (NT), 6-1, 6-0
5 - Rachael Sackmaster (DU) def. Katherine Harris (NT), 6-3, 6-1
6 - Ingrid Stockinger (NT) vs. Elizabeth Messaros (DU), DNF