Tennis Earns Three C-USA Postseason Awards
Bardabush, Shestakova, No. 1 Doubles All Receive Honors
IRVING -- The North Texas tennis team received good news on Friday when it received three Conference USA postseason awards. Senior Kseniya Bardabush earned First Team honors for the fourth time in her career, while junior Anastasiya Shestakova made Second Team for the second-consecutive season. In addition, the duo of senior Franziska Sprinkmeyer and Bardabush made it on the doubles Second Team.
"Kseniya having First Team All-Conference honors four years in a row; I don't think anybody here has ever done that. It just shows that she has had a great career," head coach Sujay Lama explained. "As for Anastasiya, I think she was the heart and soul of this team. She is very deserving and she showed that in conference play."
Lama continued, "I'm just so happy for Franzi too. With their doubles performance, they earned it and there was really no doubt about it."
Bardabush accumulated a 7-10 record this spring, all at the No. 1 spot. Her best match of the season came in a 7-5, 6-2 victory against No. 42 Despoina Vogasari, a sophomore for No. 28 Houston, on April 5. She was named Conference USA Player of the Week for the first time on April 14, by going undefeated in three matches.
She finishes her career with 58 total wins, including 32 of them at No. 1 singles, which is tied for fourth all-time at North Texas.
"I feel very honored to be named to First Team All-Conference," Bardabush said. "It's a great feeling to finish my college career on a high note."
Shestakova accumulated an 11-8 overall record this spring, including 8-4 at the No. 2 spot. She went an undefeated 5-0 from March 7 to April 1, including one unfinished match. Including the C-USA Tournament, she went 3-0 against conference opponents. This is her second-consecutive year with double-digit wins, as well as her second-consecutive year being named to All-Conference Second Team for singles.
"I'm very glad to receive this honor," Shestakova said, "as this season was especially tough for the team and it was full of adversities and difficulties."
The pair of Bardabush and Sprinkmeyer accumulated a 10-11 overall record this spring, all at the No. 1 spot. Their best match of the season came in a 7-5 victory against the No. 46 team of freshman Ksenia Laskutova and junior Renata Kurikova, for No. 59 Tulsa, on March 1. Including the C-USA Tournament, they went 3-0 against conference opponents. This is the third consecutive season this duo has received a conference postseason award.
"I'm very happy to earn this award with Kseniya," Sprinkmeyer noted. "We have played doubles together since our sophomore year, and that we end our college career together being named to the Second Team All-Conference for doubles is a honor."
Stay tuned later this week when team awards are announced following the annual banquet event. Some of these accolades include Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and the Catalina Cruz Spirit Award.