Tennis Keeps Win Streak Rolling, Takes Down VCU, 5-1
North Texas Gets First Win Of Year Away From Denton
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The No. 73 North Texas tennis team has already had its share of early season success, but to this point all of it had come from the confines of the team’s home court.
Nonetheless, the Mean Green picked up its first win away from the Waranch Tennis Complex on Saturday in a dominant 5-1 win over VCU at a neutral site in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Despite a lofty score total by the day’s end, North Texas actually got off to a rocky start with a loss in doubles play. The No. 2 duo of seniors Agustina Valenzuela and Anastasiya Shestakova were the first to fall, losing 6-2 to VCU’s Anna Rasmussen and Janina Braun. The No. 3 tandem of senior Kamilla Galieva and junior Alexis Thoma was next as they too dropped their match with Sofia Segerfors and Yana Morar, 7-5.
In perhaps the Mean Green’s biggest response to adversity all season, North Texas would go on to win the next five singles matches to clinch the match.
“We are learning to finish and compete as unit on the road,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “This was a gutsy effort after losing the doubles point.”
Gutsy was a fair description of the outing, as all but two contests were decided in three sets. Valenzuela was one of the exceptions as she handled Segerfors by a 6-2, 6-1 score to tie the match at 1-1. Her classmate, Shestakova, was the next to pick up a win, coming in the form of a 6-1, 6-3 win over Aubets.
No. 2 Kutubidze gave the Mean Green a 3-1 match lead with her 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Rasmussen, and the freshman Kononova came from behind to clinch the win for North Texas with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. With the match decided, No. 5 Galieva added to the Mean Green’s total by taking down Braun; 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
“I am happy that we finally got our first away win despite losing the doubles point,” Kononova said. “Our team showed great intensity today. I feel like I'm improving with every match and I want to keep doing that the rest of the season.”
North Texas continues play from Lynchburg tomorrow when it will take on hosting Liberty University at 10 a.m. from the Cook Tennis Center.
• No. 1 Maria Kononova def. Olgo Barshcheuskaya; 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
• No. 2 Tamuna Kutubidze def. Anna Rasmussen; 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
• No. 3 Anastasiya Shestakova def. Magda Aubets; 6-1, 6-3
• No. 4 Alexis Thoma vs. Darya Berezhnaya; 6-2, 6-6 (unfinished)
• No. 5 Kamilla Galieva def. Janina Braun; 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
• No. 6 Agustina Valenzuela def. Sofia Segerfors; 6-2, 6-1
• No. 1 Kononova/Kutubidze vs. Barshcheuskaya/Berezhnaya, 6-5 (unfinished)
• No. 2 Valenzuela/Shestakova fall to Rasmussen/Braun, 6-2
• No. 3 Galieva/Thoma fall to Segerfors/Morar, 7-5