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Tennis win streak snapped in road loss to No. 14 Tulsa

Tennis win streak snapped in road loss to No. 14 Tulsa

Senior Anastasiya Shestakova returns a serve from Central Arkansas. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

Tennis win streak snapped in road loss to No. 14 Tulsa
February 27
11:45 2016

Torie Mosley | Staff Writer


North Texas tennis won four straight meets dating back to Valentine’s Day weekend before hitting the road yesterday to play one of the best teams in the nation, losing 4-1 to the University of Tulsa.

The Mean Green (5-5) lost every match except one doubles match and one singles match that earned the squad its lone point of the day.

North Texas showed promise early on, winning the first meet of the day in a doubles match with freshmen Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze taking down Tulsa senior Renata Kuricova and sophomore Ksenia Laskutova with a dominating 6-1 victory.

In the second doubles match, freshman Minying Liang and senior Anastasiya Shestakova were tied 4-4 with a 40-0 advantage and serving for the Mean Green with a chance to take a lead. The North Texas doubles team ended up losing the point on the serve and eventually fell 7-5 to Tulsa juniors Rongrong Leenabanchong and Marcelina Cichon to tie Tulsa and North Texas 1-1 in doubles.

After the Mean Green almost captured the doubles point to take an early lead, junior Alexa Thoma and senior Agustina Valenzuela lost to Tulsa senior Saana Saarteinen and junior Mahatma Dadireddy 6-3 to start the meet off with a loss that North Texas failed to recover from.

Kononova lost 6-0, 6-3 to Saarteinen in a one-sided first match. Kutubidze and Shestakova had their singles matches go unfinished before Thoma loss her second match of the day 6-3, 7-5 to Cichon.

Senior Kamilla Galieva loss the fifth straight North Texas match 6-0, 6-3 to Tulsa junior Yelena Nemchen before senior Agustina Valenzuela won the only match for the Mean Green for the day, beating Dadireddy 6-2, 6-1 in the day’s last singles match.

The No. 68 ranked North Texas team will have a chance to redeem itself against the University of South Florida today at noon.

Featured Image: Senior Anastasiya Shestakova returns a serve. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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