Starkova Pushes Through To Singles Sweet 16

WACO, Texas (10/21/12) - Mean Green tennis finished day two of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Saturday evening with an 6-3 record from the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.

North Texas had multiple players bounce back from early losses in the round of 128. Most notably Kseniya Bardabush, who won two matches in the consolation draw. 

"I am really pleased with our performance today," head coach Sujay Lama said. "We were sharper overall and competed at a high level all day long. We seem to get stronger as we get deeper into tournament play."

Valentina Starkova went 2-0 for the day while her doubles partner, Barbora Vykydalova, went 1-1. The doubles duo defeated UT Pan American's Wanda Beguelin and Anastasia Burobina 8-3.

Starkova defeated Jessica Kahts of Texas State 4-6; 6-2; 6-3 to advance to the singles round of 16. Starkova faces No. 2 seed Natalie Beazant of Rice at 10:15 a.m.

Vykydalova struggled against No. 11 seed Stefanie Tan of TCU, falling 7-6(4); 6-4.

"Val had another outstanding win today and has a great opportunity against the # 2 seed tomorrow," Lama added. "Bara played one of her best matches and had multiple set points but came just a little short." 

Doubles pair Dané Joubert and Ilona Serchenko advanced to the doubles round of 16. They will play No. 8 seeds Elizabeth Begley and Lina Padegimaite of Texas at 9 a.m.

Play at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional continues Sunday morning from Hurd Tennis Center at 9 a.m. with doubles action.


No. 11 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Vykydalova 7-6(4); 6-4

No. 17 Starkova def. Jessica Kahts (Texas State) 4-6; 6-2; 6-3

Box def. Dana Nazarova (UTPA) 6-0; 6-2

No. 12 Bardabush def. Alicia Porte (Lamar) 6-2; 6-3

No. 12 Bardabush def. Imke Jagau (SHSU) 7-5; 6-2

Joubert def. Miranda Poile (UTSA) 6-0; 6-4


Caroline Starck/Elizabeth Ullathorne (Texas Tech) def. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer 9-7

Starkova/Vykydalova def. Wanda Beguelin/Anastasia Burobina (UTPA) 8-3

Juliana Gajic/Annat Rabinovich (Texas) def. Parshikova/Valenzuela 8-3 



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