North Texas Tennis Fan Guide
The defending conference-champion Mean Green enter 2012-13 in pursuit of back-to-back Sun Belt crowns.
North Texas opens the fall portion of its schedule with five tournaments, in Austin, San Diego, Waco, Houston, and Fort Meyers, Florida. Intercollegiate Tennis Association play begins with a pair of dual matches in College Station before the Mean Green open their home dual-match schedule against Old Dominion on February 2.
Among the visitors to the Waranch Tennis Complex this season are Arizona, TCU, Tulsa, Wichita State, Columbia, and UTA.
Sun Belt Conference Championships
North Texas will attempt to defend its Sun Belt title - and earn its third Sun Belt crown - at the conference championships April 18-21 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Mean Green hosted the event last year.
Free Admission To All Home Matches
All North Texas dual matches are open to the public and admission is free. There is ample seating throughtout the Waranch Tennis Complex, and much of the seating is covered.
If you've never attended a dual match, scoring is slightly different from a traditional tennis tournament.
Each dual match begins with three doubles matches, playing one set to eight games (as opposed to the traditional set to six games). Taking two of the three doubles matches earns that school one point in the dual match.
Doubles is followed by six singles matches, each a best-of-three sets. Each singles match is worth one point, making a total of seven points available in the dual. The first school to four points wins the dual match.
Mean Green Sports Pass
Without a doubt, the best value for North Texas sports fans is the Mean Green Sports Pass. The Pass allows you to attend all of this season's North Texas regular-season home soccer, volleyball, and softball games. The cost is about a dollar per game for adults and just 60 cents a game for kids 17 and under.
For that price, you get nine games featuring the defending Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas soccer team and 18 games of the Mean Green volleyball squad, which is expected to make a run at the NCAA Tournament this year. In the spring, you also get the Mean Green softball team, which plays at one of the top softball-only facilities in the region, Lovelace Stadium. This season's softball schedule is still being assembled, but last year's featured 24 home games. That's approximately 50 games this season, all available with the Mean Green Sports Pass.
The 2012 Mean Green Sports Pass is now on sale through the ticket office. The cost is just $50 for adults and $30 for youths 17 and under. The Mean Green Sports Pass can be purchased online, at the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office on the west side of Apogee Stadium, or by phone at 1-800-UNT-2366.
North Texas Interactive Athletics Map
If you've never been to the Waranch Tennis Complex or if you just want to explore the Mean Green's athletic facilities, visit our online interactive map. The North Texas Interative Athletics Map features all of the Mean Green facilities, from game venues to residence and support centers, and has a page dedicated to each facility, with photos and descriptions. The map allows you to take an online tour of the Mean Green Village.
Meet Coach Lama
Sujay Lama, who led the University of Illinois to five NCAA Tournament appearances, took over the reins of the North Texas tennis program in 2006. He has led the Mean Green to two Sun-Belt Conference championships. Click here for a complete bio of Coach Lama.
Keep up with all the tennis team's results through the official website of North Texas Athletics, MeanGreenSports.com. There's no better source for Mean Green volleyball information, including:
Mean Green On Twitter And Facebook
Twitter and Facebook are great sources of up-to-the-minute news and results of North Texas athletics. A steady stream of scores and notes are posted on Twitter @meangreensports. Click here for a list of all the Mean Green Twitter and Facebook pages.
Mean Green Spirit And Traditions
The spirit of the Mean Green is prevalent throughout the University of North Texas but never more so than during Mean Green sports events. Participate and enjoy these Mean Green game-day rituals.