Tennis Team Receives Honors At Awards Banquet

DENTON, Texas (4/26/09) - The North Texas tennis team held its annual awards banquet on Sunday night to look back at the 2008-09 season which was one of the best in school history.

The banquet began with a presentation for Senior Rachel Wilhelm followed by her address.

Afterward, the following awards were presented to the team:

Scholar-Athlete: Rachel Wilhelm

Strength & Conditioning: Rachel Wilhelm

Player To Watch: Paula Dinuta

Most Improved Player: Narine Kazarova

Mean Green Spirit Award: Amy Joubert

Most Valuable Player: Amy Joubert

Reflecting on the achievements in '08-09, the squad reached its highest win total (17) since 1984-85 and earned the second best all-time winning percentage for a season (.739).

The team rode a 10-match win streak into the conference semifinals before falling to No.1 seeded Denver in 4 hour 45 min match.


Coach Sujay Lama was named a finalist for the prestigious Giant Steps Award.


The Mean Green picked up victories along the way against UTEP, New Mexico State, Central Florida, Rice, and Troy. Every loss was to a ranked opponent or an opponent who was ranked at one point during the season.


Freshmen Irina Paraschiv and Paula Dinuta were selected SBC Women’s Players of the Week. Sophomore Madura Ranganathan defeated nationally-ranked (No. 58) Mariana Muci of FIU.


Six players reached 10 wins in singles including four who had at least 14 victories. Amy Joubert led the way with 15 wins. Not one player had a losing record in singles. Catalina Cruz and Narine Kazarova led the squad in doubles victories with 12.

The future looks bright as seven of the nine total players on the squad were freshmen and sophomores.



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