Recap: Mean Green tennis doesn’t flinch against Stephen F. Austin

Article Originally Published by Jack Brown on North Texas Daily

Article Originally Published by on North Texas Daily

The Mean Green tennis team kicked off the spring semester as they came out victorious against Stephen F. Austin with a final score of  7-0. Throughout singles and doubles on Friday, the Mean Green dropped one set in total.

“What I like about this team is their energy and togetherness, it is by committee, like ‘let’s do this all together’ kind of spirit, and I really enjoyed that today,” head coach Sujay Lama said.

In singles, freshman Sophia Hummel exerted her will against her opponent and won 6-3 and 6-0. Junior Nhidi Surapaneni, freshmen Maria Ponomareva and Kexuan Zhou all won their matches in straight sets.

In doubles, the two freshmen Hummel and Zhou won 6-1, and on the court next to them, Ponomareva and Surapaneni won 6-3.

“That match was really exciting, with them struggling with the flu, the timing wasn’t at their best, but we talk a lot about finding a way to win when there is adversity,” Lama said. “They just have this special chemistry, there is just something about those two. It’s just unbelievable, they just click as a team.”

Their next match is Jan. 19, this Sunday versus New Mexico State at 11 a.m. at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

Results:

Singles

Hummel def. Bleicher: 6-3, 6-0

Zhou def. Kamal: 6-4, 6-3

Ponomareva def. Cerdan: 6-1, 7-5

Badwy def. Walker: 6-4, 6-1

Surapaneni def. Tiboldi: 6-2, 6-4

Heczey def. Guilante: 6-3, 6-2

Doubles

Hummel/Zhou def. Tiboldi/Cerdan: 6-1

Surapaneni/Ponomareva def. Walker/Kamal: 6-3

Heczey/Badwy def. Guilante/Fabre: 7-6 (7-5)

Featured Image: Sophomore Maria Ponomareva receives serve from Stephen F Austin opponent in doubles match on Jan. 17, 2020. Image by Zachary Thomas

Source: North Texas Daily