Premier Lone Star State Tennis on Display for Regionals in Waco
Four Mean Green Players Look to Beat the Best of the Best From Texas
WACO — Tennis fans in the Lone Star State will have their focus fixated on Waco this week for the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships, taking place from October 16-20 at Baylor. All and all, 17 schools will compete in a singles draw and a doubles draw. But specifically speaking for North Texas, the Mean Green will put forth four players to compete in singles and doubles action.
Since their strong showing at the OU Invitational from September 19-21, head coach Sujay Lama and his team have been preparing specifically for this tournament, which brings forward the best of the best from programs all around the state.
“This is the signature event for the fall and the one we have been working hard for,” Lama said. “We are pleased with our preparation and ready to compete hard and give it our all.”
In the first round of singles, junior Anastasiya Shestakova faces junior Rocio Martin of Houston, with the winner set to play senior Christine Foote of UT Arlington in the next round. Junior Agustina Valenzuela has a match with sophomore Angeles de los Rios of UT Arlington, while the winner in that one will face No. 6 seed junior Ines Deheza of Texas A&M. Sophomore Ana Sofia Cordero plays sophomore Seda Arantekin of TCU, with the winner set to match up against senior Verena Scott of UT Arlington.
Meanwhile, sophomore Alexis Thoma has a bye in the first round, and will face either freshman Fabienne Gettwart of Sam Houston or junior Nada Marjanovic of Abilene Christian in the Round of 64.
In the doubles draw, Shestakova and Thoma have a matchup with redshirt sophomore Sofiko Kadzhaya and senior Simona Parajova of TCU; the winner of that one is set to play the No. 3 seeded Baylor team of sophomore Blair Shankle and freshman Kelley Anderson. Cordero and Valenzuela face junior Anna Mamalat and sophomore Mason Strickland of Texas A&M; the winner of that one is set to play the No. 6 seeded Texas Tech team of freshman Sarah Dvorak and sophomore Lynn Kiro.
Unfortunately for the Mean Green, three players will not be competing in Waco, primarily due to precautionary measures with nagging injuries. The hope for Lama is that they will be ready to go for the North Texas Wild West Shootout from October 31-November 2 in Denton.
“We are being a bit cautious with the rest as we get them to 100-percent health,” he explained. “They are itching to get back to competing and should be ready to play our home event at the end of the month.”