WACO, Texas (9/29/07) North Texas’ Narine Kazarova and the doubles team of Shannon MacKenzie and Sammie Moreton both knocked off a pair of opponents to launch themselves into tomorrow’s finals of the H-E-B Baylor Tennis Invitational.
“Coach Lama and I are extremely pleased with our players today. They played up against some big-time athletes today, and really performed well,” said North Texas assistant coach Jeff Maren. “Narine has really expanded her game over the last few weeks and the results speak for themselves, and the way our doubles teams have been playing is really exciting.”
Kazarova continues to do her par to put North Texas tennis on the map, knocking off Bettina Gabbe of Oklahoma State (7-6, 6-2) and them steamrolling Ohio State’s Angela Dispastina (6-1, 6-1). The freshman improves to 7-1 on the year in singles play, and will face Mariaaryeni Guitierrez of Lamar at 9:30 a.m. for the “B” flight finals.
Playing in their first matches as a doubles team, MacKenzie and Moreton cruised to the “C” flight finals with a pair of 8-3 wins over squads from Tarleton and Abilene Christian.
Moreton, still recovering from an offseason shoulder injury, is playing in her first action of the year and has been forced to serve underhand this weekend. However, it hasn’t seemed to faze the junior, who won a singles match and has led her doubles team into the consolation finals.
The duo puts its 2-0 record on the line against Bettina Gabbe and Jessica Guiggioli of Oklahoma State and Kentucky, respectively, at 8:15 tomorrow.
After falling in her opening match on Friday morning, Madura Ranganathan reeled off two straight wins and finds herself in the “A” consolation bracket finals against Ohio State’s Christina Keesey tomorrow.
The freshman knocked off Maria Babinova of TCU (6-4, 6-3) and then cruised by UT-San Antonio’s Karen Scida (6-3, 6-2) to reach the finals.