DENTON, Texas – The University of Akron tennis team posted a combined record of 6-3 on Friday in day one of the Game On North Texas Classic at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
Northwestern State, UTEP and North Central Texas College join Akron and host North Texas in the three-day event, which is set up in a dual-match format minus the team scoring aspect. Each singles (1-6) and doubles (1-3) slot is considered its own draw.
In doubles play today, the Zips' pairs of Zara Harutyunyan and Prang Pantusart disposed of Northwestern State's Amy Williams and Olga Bazhanova 8-2 in flight 1, while Ksenia Berestetska and Natalia Kuvakina downed North Central Texas College's Melissa Telfer and Jess Cossari 8-2 in flight 3. UA's Angelika Jogasuria and Angelina Jogasuria lost 8-5 in flight 2 to NSU's Tatiana Larina and Andre Nedorostova.
"I was pleased with the doubles play of Zara and Prang, and extremely happy with the level of play that Ksenia showed today," second-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "We will need that type of effort collectively, if we want to see success tomorrow."
In singles play against NSU, Harutyunyan topped Bazhanova 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in flight 1, Pantusart defeated Nedorostova 6-2, 7-6 (2) in flight 2, Angelina Jogasuria downed Williams 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in flight 4 and Berestetska took care of Dana Sardak 6-1, 6-2 in flight 5. UA's Angelika Jogasuria fell 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to Larina in flight 3, while Kuvakina lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to Fraziska Sprinkmeyer of North Texas in flight 6.
"Overall, today was a bit disappointing for us," Padgett said. "We struggled immediately with the extremely slow speed of the courts, compared to our fast courts at home. If we don't make the necessary adjustments right away tomorrow, it will be a long day against a strong North Texas team."
The Classic continues on Saturday at noon ET.
Game On North Texas Classic – Day One Akron Results
Flight 1: Harutyunyan/Pantusart (Akron) def. Williams/Bazhanova (NSU) 8-2
Flight 2: Larina/Nedorostova (NSU) def. Jogasuria/Jogasuria (Akron) 8-5
Flight 3: Berestetska/Kuvakina (Akron) def. Melissa Telfer/Jess Cossari (NCTC) 8-2
Flight 1: Zara Harutyunyan (Akron) def. Olga Bazhanova (NSU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Flight 2: Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Andre Nedorostova (NSU) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Flight 3: Tatiana Larina (NSU) def. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
Flight 4: Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Amy Williams (NSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Flight 5: Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Dana Sardak (NSU) 6-1, 6-2
Flight 6: Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4