Tennis Falls to No. 57 VCU

DENTON – UNT Tennis lost 4-3 in a dramatic heartbreaker at Waranch Tennis Complex on Saturday to No. 57 VCU. This match was full of tiebreakers and third sets, the loss dropped the Mean Green’s record to 8-7 this season.


  • Lucie Devier and Maria Ponomareva picked up a 7-6 doubles win including a 7-5 tiebreaker in the first position.
  • Liisa Vehvilainen and Saki Oyama won six sets against No. 48 ranked pair Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Laura Garcia Astudillo. The final score of the match was 6-7 with a 4-7 tiebreaker.
  • Jasmine Adams and Sophia Hummel struggled in their doubles match falling 3-6.


  • Oyama brought her first set to a 5-7 tiebreaker resulting in a 6-7 first set. Set two was a 3-6 loss.
  • Ponomareva also fought through her first set stumbling 6-7 with a 2-6 tiebreaker. She fell in her second set 2-6.
  • Devier battled until the very end against a No. 62 ranked Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado. She won the first set 6-3 but slipped 4-6 in set two. This forced a third set which was dropped 2-6.
  • Vehvilainen claimed UNT’s first point, she won her first set 7-5 before slipping 3-6 in set two. She continued her campaign with a 6-0 victory in set three.
  • Zhou breezed through set one with a 6-4 victory but stumbled 3-6 in set two. Set three was a resounding 6-3 victory.
  • Adams rounded out singles play with a third Mean Green point. The freshman lost 4-6 in set one but bounced back with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.


  • “I am super proud of this team and the resilience they showed today after a heart breaking doubles point,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “Each one of the ladies battled and put themselves in a position to win their singles match. As tough as it has been to lose these close matches in this stretch to ranked teams we truly believe we are one match away from breaking through. We have a lot of positives to take away and that will lift us when we get back to work on Monday. “


  • The Mean Green will head to Louisiana to face Tulane on Saturday at 1 pm CT. They will then play New Orleans on Sunday at noon.


1. Lucie Devier/Maria Ponomareva (UNT) def. Gabriela Davidescu / Shivani Manjanna (VCU) 7-6 (7-5)
2. # 48 Paola Diaz Delgado / Laura Astudillo (VCU) def. Liisa Vehvilainen /Saki Oyama (UNT) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Nina Sorkin / Yelizaveta Karlova (VCU) def. Jasmine Adams/Sophia Hummel (UNT) 6-3

Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)

1. # 62 Paola Diaz Delgado (VCU) def. Lucie Devier (UNT) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Jasmine Adams (UNT) def. Yelizaveta Karlova (VCU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Nina Sorkin (VCU) def. Maria Ponomareva (UNT) 7-6 (6-2), 6-2
4. Liisa Vehvilainen (UNT) def. Gabriela Davidescu (VCU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-0
5. Anja Draskovic (VCU) def. Saki Oyama (UNT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
6. Kexuan Zhou (UNT) def. Shivani Manjanna (VCU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

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

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