Athletes from four Mean Green sports saw post-season play this spring.
UNT Men's Basketball
2010 Sun Belt Conference Champs
The men’s basketball team, which finished the season with a 24-9 record, won a Sun Belt Conference tournament title and a Sun Belt Conference West Division title. The team played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City in March, losing to Kansas State, which made it to the tournament’s Elite Eight.
The Mean Green women’s tennis team came from behind to win its first Sun Belt Conference Championship in April and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The team also was nationally ranked by the International Tennis Association this season, another program first. The Mean Green climbed as high as No. 60 and entered the NCAA Tournament as the 64th best team in the nation, losing to No. 32 Tulsa. Mean Green head coach Sujay Lama was named the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, and junior Madura Ranganathan was named an All-Sun Belt Conference tennis athlete for the 2010 spring season, the first UNT player selected for the conference. The ITA released its final 2009-10 ranking with the Mean Green holding down the seventh spot in the Texas Region and ranked No. 66 nationally.
Carlos Ortiz Rodolfo Cazaubon
Two Mean Green golfers, freshmen Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz, were selected to play in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional in Bremerton, Wash., in May, making North Texas the only team in the nation with two true freshman individual players participating in an NCAA Regional. Both were All-Sun Belt selections at the conference championship and Cazaubon was the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Cazaubon’s second-place finish at the conference championship was the best showing by a UNT freshman since 1971, and Ortiz turned in an 8-under par 64 in the opening round, which was tied for the third lowest round in the nation this season. Cazaubon finished in eighth place at the NCAA Regional with a three-round score of 1-under par 215, coming up just two strokes short in his bid to advance to the NCAA Championship. Ortiz played a 1-under par 71 in the third round of the NCAA Regional and finished tied for 54th place with a three-round score of 228.
Fifteen athletes on the Mean Green track and field team qualified for the NCAA Championship Preliminary Rounds in 12 different events in May. Four moved on in two events to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., in June. At the championships, junior Alysha Adams finished 17th in the 100-meter hurdles, turning in a 13.38-second time and finishing sixth in the second of three heats. Adams also participated in the women’s 4 x 100-meter relay at the championships. The team consisting of Adams, Brittani Simmons, Missy Barnes and Brittany Blaylock finished 11th overall, three spots from qualifying for the final.