November 5, 2011

Harutyunyan Leads Tennis in Day Two of North Texas Classic

DENTON, Texas – Zips senior Zara Harutyunyan earned a victory in both doubles and singles play on Saturday to highlight The University of Akron tennis team's second day of competition at the Game On North Texas Classic at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

Harutyunyan, a three-time Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, teamed with Prang Pantusart in flight 1 doubles to defeat the North Texas team of Kseniya Bardabush and Barbora Vykydalova, 9-7. She also earned a victory in flight 1 singles, getting the best of UNT's Kseniya Bardabush, 6-4, 6-1.

Harutyunyan is listed No. 118 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason rankings.

Playing in windy conditions, Akron recorded losses at flight 2 and 3 doubles and 2-6 singles. Natalia Kuvakina had the only three-set loss of the day for the squad, falling 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to Vykydalova.

"Effort should never be in question, regardless of weather conditions," second-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Today, some of our players did not put forth the necessary effort."

The three-day event is set up in dual-match format minus the team scoring aspect, with each singles (1-6) and doubles (1-3) slot considered its own draw. Northwestern State, UTEP and North Central Texas College join Akron and host North Texas in the field. The Zips posted a 6-3 mark on Friday, winning at four singles positions and two doubles spots.

The Classic concludes on Sunday, with Akron scheduled to matchup against UTEP starting at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Game On North Texas Classic – Day Two Akron Results

Doubles:
Flight 1: Harutyunyan/Pantusart (Akron) def. Bardabush/Vykydalova (UNT) 9-7
Flight 2: Serchenko/Lee (UNT) def. Jogasuria/Jogasuria (Akron) 8-4
Flight 3: Starkova/Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Berestetska/Kuvakina (Akron) 8-2

Singles
:
Flight 1: Zara Harutyunyan (Akron) def. Kseniya Bardabush (UNT) 6-4, 6-1
Flight 2: Valentina Starkova (UNT) def. Prang Pantusart (Akron) 6-3, 6-1
Flight 3: Nadia Lee (UNT) def. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 6-2, 6-0
Flight 4: Ilona Serchenko (UNT) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 6-2, 6-2
Flight 5: Paula Dinuta (UNT) def. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) 6-3, 6-2
Flight 6: Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) def. Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4