Tennis Celebrates Successful Season, Awaits NCAA Selection
DENTON, Texas - The Sun Belt Champion North Texas Tennis team held its annual banquet at the Holiday Inn and Suites Sunday evening to celebrate the most successful season of Mean Green Tennis in program history.
North Texas (17-6) still has at least on more match to play May 14 or 15 at a site to be determined by the NCAA Selection Committee on Tuesday, May 4.
The highlight of the banquet was the announcement of the six awards handed out by athletic director Rick Villarreal; head coach Sujay Lama, Associate Head Coach Jeff Maren and the support staff of the Mean Green.
Senior Catalina Cruz and sophomore Irina Paraschiv shared the Most Valuable Player award for the 2009-10 season.
As the lone senior on the squad, Catalina Cruz stepped up and filled the role of captain, racking up a record of 13-8 for the spring season, which included a 3-0 singles record at the Sun Belt Tournament, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player.
Paraschiv went 11-8 on the year despite facing off with some of the best players in the nation from the No.1 and 2 slots of the singles line-up. The sophomore finished the year in the No. 2 slot, where she recorded a record of 7-3.
The Most Improved Player award was given to Paula Dinuta.
Dinuta, who went 14-8 last year stepped up her game and played most of the year this season from the No. 3 slot in singles. From there, the sophomore recorded a 16-6 record overall, which included a eight match win streak.
Barbora Vykydalova was named the Player To Watch by the North Texas coaches.
Vykydalova, the only freshman on the team, stepped in during her first semester with the Mean Green and played in the middle of the singles line-up. Vykydalova clinhed the match against Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt Championships when she came back to defeat Milou Israel 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
The strength and conditioning award was handed to Cruz. In a marathon, three plus hour match to finish the Sun Belt Conference Championship; she prevailed and earned the Mean Green its first Sun Belt Crown.
Finally, junior Amy Joubert garnered herself two awards. The spirit award and the academic award both found their way into Jouberts arms.
Joubert was clutch both on and off the court, compiling a 6-4 record in singles throughout the season, while excelling in the classroom.
North Texas will host a watch party on Tuesday, May 4 at the North Texas Athletic Center. Everyone is invited to join the Mean Green as they find out the NCAA Selections and matchup for the first round.