Mean Green Claim Most Victories At Metroplex Mania

Jan. 15, 2018

DALLAS — The North Texas tennis team finished the Metroplex Mania on Monday with a total of 19 wins, which was the most out of the four teams competing in the four-day event. 

Monday, UNT won four singles matches against BYU. 

The most exciting match was UNT sophomore Alexandra Heczey’s come from behind win. Heczey was trailing 5-2 in the third set breaker and came back to win the match, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5). Heczey leaves the preseason event with two singles wins. 

“I had a tough match,” said Heczey. “There were a lot of ups and downs but I stayed focused and calm under the pressure and it helped me to win the match.”

The Mean Green, who only competed in singles on Monday, also received victories from sophomore Ivana Babic and juniors Minying Liang and Tamuna Kutubidze.

For Babic, it was her second-straight day with a win. Sunday, Babic and sophomore Haruka Sasaki had a stressful but successful doubles comeback win against their Georgia State opponent.

Monday’s victory was much more easy for Babic who won her singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6(3). Babic, like Heczey, also leaves the Meroplex Mania with two singles wins to go along with her doubles victory on Sunday. 

Kutubidze set the tone on the first day of the Metroplex Mania with a singles win over the No. 108 nationally ranked player Kristen Rehse.

Monday, the Mean Green junior finished the Metroplex Mania with a straight set, 6-2, 6-2, victory. 



The Mean Green’s fourth win on Monday was at No. 2 where Minying Liang cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win. Liang also won two singles matches at the event.

In total, over the five days at the Metroplex Mania, UNT went 14-7 in singles and 5-4 in doubles. All seven of the women who competed for North Texas in the event won two singles matches.

“The team improved a lot during this tournament,” Heczey said. “Everyone competed hard and gave their absolute best. We came together as a team and all in all we had a really good preseason.”


Kutubidze (UNT) def. Jones (BYU) 6-2, 6-2

Liang (UNT) def. Smith (BYU) 6-1, 6-2

Almeida (BYU) def. Tranberg (UNT) 6-1, 6-3

Cusick (BYU) def. Surapaneni (UNT) 6-3, 0-6, 5-7

Abramyan (BYU) def. Sasaki (UNT) 2-6, 4-6

Heczey (UNT) def. Malykh (BYU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)

Babic (UNT) def. Beckman (BYU) 6-2, 7-6(3)

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