Starkova Falls In Heartbreaker At Regional

WACO, Texas (10/22/12) - North Texas tennis finished day three of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Sunday evening where all Mean Green tennis players playing in main draw matches fell to their seeded opponents at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.

No. 17 seed Valentina Starkova lost her only singles match of the day to No. 2 seed and No. 15 ranked nationally Natalie Beazant of Rice in a two and a half long battle., falling 6-1;6-7(2); 3-6.

"Val played very well and put up a great fight against one of the top players in the country," head coach Sujay Lama said. "She was just a few points away from winning the match. I am extremely proud of her and happy to see her elevate her game in her senior year."

Starkova moved on from the loss teaming up with Barbora Vykydalova defeating Liselot Koesnen and Charlotte Phillips of Houston 8-2 before defeating Sandra Battye and Imke Jagau of A&M Corpus Christi 8-1 in the consolation draw. The duo face Texas State's Rachel Baldree and Berenice Van Bergh at 9 a.m. Monday.

"And Bara and Val played very well to move on in doubles consolation play," Lama said.

Dané Joubert and Ilona Serchenko lost a close match to No. 8 seed Elizabeth Begley and Lina Padegimate of Texas 9-7 in a match that could have gone either way.

"Dane and Ilona competed their hearts out in doubles but came sort by just a little," Lama said. "They have great chemistry and could be a formidable pair for the dual matches down the road."

No. 12 seed Kseniya Bardabush easily defeated Marina Trierweiler of UTEP 6-3; 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the consolation draws where she will face Sofya Malysheva of Texas Tech at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

"Kseniya showed great resiliency by winning one more match today to advance," Lama added.

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


No. 2 Natalie Beazant (Rice) def. No. 17 Starkova 1-6; 7-6(2); 6-3

Sofya Malysheva (Texas Tech) def. Box 6-3; 4-6; 10-7

No. 12 Bardabush def. Marlina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-3; 6-1

No. 17 Kenna Kilgo (Texas Tech) def. Serchenko 7-5; 6-2

Melissa Hadad (Texas State) def. Joubert 6-1; 7-5; 11-9


No. 8 Elizabeth Begley/Lina Padegimate (Texas) def. Joubert/Serchenko 9-7

Starkova/Vykydalova def. Liselot Koenen/Charlotte Phillips (Houston) 8-2

Starkova/Vykydalova def. Sandra Battye/Imke Jagau (A&M CC) 8-1



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