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Tennis unable to best local rival TCU

Tennis unable to best local rival TCU

March 03
11:49 2016

Courtney Anderson | Staff Writer

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No. 68 North Texas tennis faced off against No. 60 Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas Wednesday night, as TCU (4-2) swept the Mean Green (5-7) for the second year in a row with the score of 6-1. The Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex area rivals last met on April 1 last season, resulting in a 4-0 TCU sweep of the Mean Green.

North Texas fell early in doubles after all three TCU teams got an early 1-0 lead in its matches. Freshmen Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze finished first but fell 6-2 to juniors Seda Arantekin and No. 16 Caroline Wegner. Meanwhile, the next Mean Green duo of senior Anastasiya Shestakova and freshman Minying Liang lost to the same score.

“It was a lost opportunity to beat a good ranked team,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “Their doubles teams are some of the best we’ve played against. Hats off to them.”

While Kononova struggled in the doubles match, she came out on top in her singles match, winning the first game 6-4 versus TCU’s freshman Marie Norris. Although Kononova lost her second game, she was able to fight back during the third game, defeating Norris 10-8 and capturing the only Mean Green singles point of the night.

“We played against TCU in the fall,” Kononova said. “They knew we were a tough team. Score wise, you can’t really see it, but everyone played really well today.”

Another Mean Green woman that came out strong, but wasn’t able to keep the momentum throughout the whole match, was senior Agustina Valenzuela. She was shot down by junior Olaya Garrido-Rivas 7-5, 6-2 as the second singles match to finish.

“The first round, [Garrido-Rivas] made a few errors that I could get some points from,” Valenzuela said. “But the second round, she didn’t let any errors past her.”

Lama and the women are looking forward to being back in Denton and having home court advantage for the next month with opponents such as University of Louisville and the University of Texas at San Antonio on the schedule.

“Every match I saw today was a great match,” Lama said. “And everyday we’re getting better. We are learning from the good and the bad.”

The Mean Green will return to the Waranch Tennis Complex for its next game versus the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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