No. 69 Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 67 North Texas
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/17/2014
DENTON, Texas -- The sixty-ninth ranked University of New Mexico women’s tennis team had its three match win streak snapped by No. 67 North Texas on Monday morning at the Waranch Tennis Center. The Lobos fell to the NT Mean Green 5-2.

“Obviously it was a tough, close match today,” head coach Erica Jasper said. “North Texas played really well. Those kind of matches are always hard to lose, but I was really proud of how well we competed today from top to bottom.”

The Lobos started the match by dropping the doubles point. UNM came out strong with a win in the No. 3 spot. Dominique Dulski and Emily Olivier defeated Dane Joubert and Agustina Valenzuela 8-5 to give the Lobos a 1-0 lead, but the Mean Green took over in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions and claimed the point.

UNM gave up four very tight singles matches to give NT the victory.

Freshmen Dominique Dulski and Rachana Bhat both picked up early wins to keep UNM in the match.

The score was sitting at an even 2-2 before the Lobos fell in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 spots to set the score at a final 5-2. Michaela Bezdickova, Natasha Smith, and Meredith Hopson all lost in long three-set battles. Lizette Blankers dropped her first match in a tiebreaker.

“If we can build on what we did today, we’ll be in a very good spot come the conference season,” Japer said.

The Lobos finished the weekend with a 1-1 record and are now 9-6 on the season.

UNM hits the road again this weekend when they travel down to New Mexico State to take on the Aggies in a big in-state rivalry match at 2 p.m. MT on Friday.

Result: North Texas def. UNM, 5-2

Doubles Results:

1)    Sprinkmeyer/Bardabush (NT) def. Bezdickova/Blankers (NM) 8-6

2)    Galieva/Thoma (NT) def. Hopson/Smith (NM) 8-5

3)    Dulski /Olivier (NM) def. Joubert/Valenzuela (NT) 8-5

Order of Finish: (3,1,2)

Singles Results:

1)    Bardabush (NT) def. Bezdickova (NM), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

2)    Shestakova (NT) def. Blankers (NM), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

3)    Galieva (NT) def. Smith (NM), 7-6, 4-6, 10-5

4)    Valenzuela (NT) def. Hopson (NM), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

5)    Dulski (NM) def. Thoma (NT), 6-0, 6-2

6)    Bhat (NM) def. Cordero (NT), 6-4, 6-2

Order of Finish: (5,4,6,2,1,3)