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Tennis finds success on the road with two weekend victories

Tennis finds success on the road with two weekend victories

February 21
16:44 2016

Courtney Anderson | Staff Writer

@CPaigeA23

Mean Green tennis defeated both of its opponents this weekend in Lynchburg, Virginia. North Texas (5-4) came out strong against Virginia Commonwealth University (2-5) on Saturday and again Sunday versus Liberty University (3-5), earning its first two road wins of the season.

North Texas 5, Virginia Commonwealth 1

Usually it is the singles that struggle, but Saturday it was the doubles point that went to VCU, their only point of the day. No. 73 North Texas was defeated in all three doubles matches at the beginning, but play was picked up once the singles matches began.

Unable to perform to their highest abilities on the road so far, the women of North Texas tennis broke its road losing streak by outperforming the Rams in the singles matches, winning all of them. Freshman Maria Kononova was the first to prevail, beating No. 83 Olga Barshcheuskaya. Seniors Anastasiya Shestakova and Agustina Valenzuela swept both of their opponents 6-2, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-1, respectively.

“Our team showed great intensity today,” Kononova said. “I feel like I’m improving with every match, and I want to keep doing that the rest of the season.”

North Texas 4, Liberty 2

Unable to find its groove in doubles play, North Texas lost the doubles point once again, dropping two of the three matches. Kononova and Kutubidze were on the road to picking up the point, but their teammates were unable to finish, falling 7-5 and 6-2.

However, the Mean Green reigned in singles play with only one of those points going to the Lady Flames. Kononova and freshman Tamuna Kutubidze both won in straight sets, giving North Texas an early singles lead. In the No. 5 singles slot, senior Kamilla Galieva also came out on top, defeating Liberty’s Emily Groeneveld 6-2, 6-0.

With this win, the Mean Green expanded its winning streak to four in a row, two being at home and two on the road. The next time the team is scheduled to play at home is March 6, so head coach Sujay Lama and the women are hoping to keep up their road momentum going into next week.

“We are learning to finish and compete as a unit on the road,” Lama said.

North Texas will continue its road tour on Feb. 26 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The dual will begin at 4 p.m.

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