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Tennis prepares for long spring schedule

Tennis prepares for long spring schedule

October 22
20:41 2014

Kyle Youmans / Staff Writer

While the Mean Green football, soccer and volleyball teams are preparing for their stretch runs of the season,, the Mean Green tennis team has been hard at work preparing for its’ long and testing spring schedule.

Everyone who was on the team last season is back this season, giving the team experience. The Mean Green have competed in multiple fall tournaments to test its current form while heading into the regular season which takes place in the spring.

“They don’t compete as a team here in the fall, but as individuals,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “This really allows us to develop and grow all the players in order to prepare them for the regular season.”

Already this semester the team has competed in two week long tournaments and a five-day tournament, which have all been away from Denton. These tournaments are just a preview of the spring nonconference tournaments.

“In the spring you play games back to back to back,” Lama said. “In order to win a conference championship you have to win those games and be well conditioned to go farther into a season with that many games. These games will test their endurance and their mental toughness.”

In this preseason, North Texas has competed in the Oklahoma Invitational, the Racquet Club Invitational and just finished the USTA/ITA State Regional tournament, which was hosted by Baylor University.

The Mean Green performed well in the first two tournaments by defeating opposition from schools such as Baylor, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kansas and Texas Christian University. North Texas went on to struggle this past weekend losing to Rice University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Texas in a tournament that showcased some of the top ranked teams in the southern region.

“My experience [at ITAs] was good,” sophomore Ana Sofia Cordero said. “I would have liked to do better but it was a good learning experience. All my matches went to three sets and they were hard fought. It gave me a lot of confidence.”

The rest of the fall schedule, according to coach Lama, is going to be focused on getting all seven of the Mean Green players healthy.

North Texas will host the Wild West Shootout Oct. 31-Nov. 2at the Waranch Tennis Complex as they look to rebound from the ITAs in Waco.

“Everyone has been improving a lot in our tennis,” junior Agustina Valenzuela said. “The big thing we need to focus on is finishing matches which is something we have struggled with so far this semester. But it has helped us build confidence and really will help us for the spring.”

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