Starkova, Vykydalova Win Doubles Consolation

WACO, Texas (10/22/12) - North Texas doubles duo Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova proved too much to handle for Lamar's Helene Czudek and Carolina Salas. The duo defeated Lamar 8-5 on their way to win the doubles consolation finals at the USTA/ITA Texas Regionals at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.

"It was a great experience at the regional tournament for us overall. We played good doubles and had a lot of fun playing together," Valentina Starkova said. "We won a lot of matches and were pleased with our performance especially because we had an opportunity to stay until the very end of the tournament."

No. 12 seed Kseniya Bardabush, who is the lone North Texas singles player still in play, defeated Texas Tech's Sofya Malysheva in straight sets, 6-0; 6-2 in Monday's singles consolation quarterfinals. Bardabush defeated Brooke Dennis of UT Arlington 6-4; 7-5 in the singles consolation semifinals.

Bardabush will meet No. 10 seed Edyta Cieplucha of SMU in the singles consolation finals at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

This will be the second meeting for Bardabush and Cieplucha this season. In September, Bardabush defeated the No. 1 seed and No. 34 nationally ranked Cieplucha at the Longhorn Invitational in three sets 4-6; 6-4; 6-1.


Bardabush def. Sofya Malysheva (Texas Tech) 6-0; 6-2

Bardabush def. Brooke Dennis (UTA) 6-4; 7-5


Starkova/Vykydalova def. Rachel Baldree/Berenice Van Bergh (Texas State) 8-1

Starkova/Vykydalova def. Helene Czudek/Carolina Salas (Lamar) 8-5



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