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SHSU tennis opens season Friday against North Central Texas

Contributing Reporter

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 23:01

Maddie Mortimore Tennis

Alex Broussard | The Houstonian

Sophomore Maddie Mortimore is getting ready for the spring season hoping to continue on her undefeated reign from last year. Mortimore and her teammates will open play Friday against North Central Texas.

Sam Houston State University’s tennis team is looking to revamp their winning ways when their spring season kicks off against North Central Texas Friday at the McAdams Tennis Complex.

The Bearkats are coming in riding off an impressive finish to close their fall play at their host tournament, the Sam Houston Invitational in November, where they took home three of four flight titles.

“Seeing how the girls have developed during the fall and seeing them practice, I am confident that they can compete and win like any other team,” head coach Jim Giachino said.

However, SHSU is still adjusting to competing at their intensity despite the loss of Sheridan Currie, Nadia Dubyanskayaand Tatyana Postnikovawho graduated in the spring 2013.

“The loss of three key players from last year makes for a very challenging season,” Giachino said.

Australian freshmen Isabella Costasaid she has stepped up to fill in the shoes of the graduated seniors but is still learning the ropes of competing at the collegiate level. Costa said she is anxious to get the season rolling against North Central Texas as Southland Conference begins in March.

“I am looking forward to playing in the dual conference matches and being able to put all my hard work and training into the match,” Costa said.

North Central Texas is bringing five freshmen of their own into Huntsville to take on the Bearkats alongside three international players.

Sophomore Maddie Mortimoresaid she wants to strive into the spring season with another successful season. Mortimore finished her freshman season undefeated at 9-0.

“I want to have the same impact, but a higher number in the lineup,” Mortimore said. “I feel confident knowing that I can win the matches.”

With the matches against North Central Texas determing the tone of the season Giachino said he’s ecstatic hearing his squad is confident.

“We don’t need mottos or sayings. We need to know that we are good when we face our opponents,” Giachino said.

The first set begins at 2 p.m.

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