MURFEESBORO, Tennessee – UNT Tennis beat Louisiana Tech 4-1 in the first round of the Conference-USA Tournament. Lucie Devier clinched the doubles point with partner Maria Ponomareva and then clinched the match in singles play.
- Ponomareva won every match 6-3, 6-2.
- Vehvilainen fell 1-6 in set one but bounced back 6-4 in set two. The freshman from Finland won set three 6-2.
- Adams tripped 4-6 in the first set but won set two 6-3. The forced third set was claimed by the Bulldogs 6-4.
- Devier breezed through set one, 6-2 but lost 4-6 in set two. The senior narrowly picked up the third set 7-6 claiming the victory for the Mean Green.
- “Today was about battling and finding a way to get the win,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “We were resilient and when the going got tough we were able to raise our level. I am super proud of how everyone on the team fought together.”
- “I loved the way we were together and fought through adversity,” senior Lucie Devier said. “We showed our character on each court. Energy was going around and bringing the best out of us. We will do a good recovery work now and be ready to be at our very best tomorrow.”
- UNT Tennis will be facing the number two seed FIU in the quarterfinals on Friday, April 22 beginning at 10 am CT.
1. #85 Lucie Devier/Maria Ponomareva (UNT) def. Ana Rodrigues/Leonie Schuknecht (TECH) 6-3
2nd. Saki Oyama/Liisa Vehvilainen (UNT) def. Najah Dawson/Tiffani Nash (TECH) 6-2
3. Olga Bienzobas/Alexia Romero (TECH) vs. Jasmine Adams/Sophia Hummel (UNT) 5-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: (2, 1)
one. Lucie Devier (UNT) def. Leonie Schuknecht (TECH) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Olga Bienzobas (TECH) def. Jasmine Adams (UNT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Maria Ponomareva (UNT) def. Najah Dawson (TECH) 6-3, 6-2
4. Liisa Vehvilainen (UNT) def. Tiffani Nash (TECH) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Ilana Tetruashvili (TECH) vs. Saki Oyama (UNT) 0-6, 0-1, unfinished
6. Kexuan Zhou (UNT) vs. Alexia Romero (TECH) no result
Order of Finish: (3, 4, 2, 1)