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Tennis keeps home winning streak alive with sweep of UTSA

Tennis keeps home winning streak alive with sweep of UTSA

April 03
16:56 2016

Courtney Anderson | Staff Writer

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No. 73 North Texas tennis kept their Denton winning streak alive today against the University of Texas at San Antonio, sweeping the Roadrunners 4-0. UTSA (10-11) was unable to earn any points despite some early leads in the singles sets, and the Mean Green (9-8) finished strong.

Freshman Tamuna Kutubidze and senior Agustina Valenzuela ended their doubles match first, winning 6-3. They were followed by freshman Maria Kononova and senior Anastasiya Shestakova, who defeated their UTSA opponents 6-4.

Kutubidze, Valenzuela and Shestakova were also the three to earn singles points in their matches and secure the win for North Texas. Kutubidze was down in the first set 4-6, but adapted to her left handed opponent Jacobea Junger. She powered through to win the second and third sets 6-4 and 6-0, respectively.

Kutubidze said it is harder for her to return serves from left handed players and that it was the hardest part of her day.

“When I have to do three sets, coach Lama always helps me,” she said. “I think [Junger] mentally broke down when I was up 2-0, and then I got everything in and won 6-0.”

Valenzuela was unable to get her a singles point earlier this weekend versus the University of Memphis, but she dominated her UTSA opponent Charleen Tiwari today in both sets, defeating her 6-4, 6-1.

“Today, I really came on the court to give it my all,” Valenzuela said. “Also, I like my number four court. We’re undefeated on it, so I had to protect my court.”

Unable to finish their matches today was Kononova, freshman Minying Liang and junior Alexis Thoma. All three of the women were looking for a comeback in their third set after losing their first.

With only three games left until the Conference USA tournament, two of which are on the road, head coach Sujay Lama said he’s not interested in making any major changes to the lineup. Although North Texas heavily struggled with earning the doubles point the last time it was on the road, Lama said he likes how it is all looking at the moment.

“I’m really pleased with what we have so far, but we have a very deep team,” Lama said. “We’ve got to keep everyone involved and everybody alive. We’ll make some minor adjustments, but there’s not going to be a huge adjustment.”

Next up for the Mean Green is an away match at Southern Methodist University on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Featured Image: Senior Agustina Valenzuela returns the ball in a singles match. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

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