Bardabush, Starkova Dominate Play At Regional

FT. WORTH, Texas - Mean Green tennis finished the first day of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Friday evening with an 11-5 record from the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU.

Freshman Kseniya Bardabush and junior transfer Valentina Starkova finished the day undefeated (3-0) while senior Nadia Lee went 2-1 on the afternoon.

"We had a good first day at regionals," said associate head coach Jeff Maren. "Once again, the girls stepped up in doubles and played with great focus in singles.  We are looking forward to facing tough competition again tomorrow."

Bardabush and Starkova started the day as a doubles team and dominated both of their opponents, first defeating the duo of Fernandez and Welsh of TCU 8-2, then taking down Bos and Petaia of Sam Houston State by that same 8-2 score.

Bardabush, who entered the tournament as North Texas' only seeded player at No. 16, defeated Stephen F. Austin's Malena Gordo in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in the second round after receiving a bye.

Starkova also received a first round bye in singles and then ran over UTPA's Malin Anderson 6-1, 6-2.

Lee, who competed in doubles with freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer, won her only singles match of the day over former Mean Green athlete Isabel Bos in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

Play at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional continues Saturday morning from the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center at 9 a.m. with doubles action.

Friday Results


Serchenko/Vkydalova def. Parajova/Tan (TCU) 8-5
Serchenko/Vykydalova def. Leyden/Zein-El-Abdin (Texas) 8-3
Lee/Sprinkmeyer loss to Martinez-Romero/Matovicova (UTA) 8-5
Lee/Sprinkmeyer def. LeBlond/Vazquez (UTEP) 8-6
Bardabush/Starkova def. Fernandez/Welsh (TCU) 8-2
Bardabush/Starkova def Bos/Petaia (Sam Houston) 8-2


Sprinkmeyer def Katie Gater (Rice) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Sprinkmeyer loss to No. 1 Marta Lesniak (SMU) 6-1, 6-0
Dinuta loss to Melissa Hadad (Texas Southern) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Starkova def. Malin Anderson (UT-Pan America) 6-1, 6-2
No. 16 Bardabush def. Malena Gordo (Stephen F. Austin)  6-2, 6-3
Vykydalova def. Dariya Abdrakmanova (UTEP) 6-2, 7-5
Vykydalova loss to No. 7 Edyta Ciepulcha (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
Serchenko def. Gabriella Vazquez (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
Serchenko loss to No. 3 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) 6-1, 6-2
Lee def Isabel Bos (Sam Houston) 6-3, 6-0



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