The UNT tennis team has developed a reputation for being a clutch outfit over the last couple of years. UNT won the Sun Belt tourney a couple of years ago with a huge comeback and had one of its top players come through today to keep its hopes of another title alive.
Barbora Vykydalova beat Mariya Krachok in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to give UNT a 4-3 win over South Alabama.
Vykydalova wasn’t even in UNT’s singles lineup at the end of last season, but is playing No. 2 singles this year.
UNT will play in the finals Sunday against Georgia State.
And in a side note, a local high school football standout UNT was after decided where he is going to school today. Argyle wide receiver Ian Sadler committed to Texas Tech.
Word has been that he would go with Tech for some time. Minnesota and Iowa State also offered in addition to UNT.
I only mention it because there is a lot of interest in him locally and because there has always been a feeling among some UNT fans that local families owe their first-born (or any member of the clan who can play football) to UNT.
The hard truth is local kids don’t want to stay home just about any place, unless you’re talking Texas, Texas A&M or another national power. Kids want to get out of town.
And that is not to say UNT is not going to get it done this year in recruiting or that this staff won’t turn the program around and pull it out of the ditch it was buried in when Dan McCarney arrived.
We are all still on the Dan-Wagon.
UNT is taking the right approach, one that worked back when this team was winning back in the early- to mid-2000s. UNT is offering a few top prospects early and will have scholarships to give when the schools farther up the food chain fill up.
That’s how UNT landed some great players in the past and how it will likely get impact players in the immediate future.