Thoma, Galieva Win Red Doubles Draw In Final Day of OU Invite

Sept. 28, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. - The North Texas tennis team wrapped up its second fall tournament on Sunday from Oklahoma’s Fall Invitational. Over a three-day span, the Mean Green won 17 singles matches, had two players qualify for a singles draw semifinal and had one doubles duo that claimed a bracket championship.

That winning doubles team was made up of junior Alexis Thoma and senior Kamilla galieva, who picked up two wins on the final day of action from Norman. In the red doubles draw, Thoma-Galieva downed Wichita State’s Luca Pump and Giulia Guidetti, 6-2. The Mean Green team then defeated sophomore Malene Stripp and junior Ann Pepper of hosting Oklahoma in the bracket’s championship match, 6-4.

Thoma had an all-around performance on Sunday. In addition to the doubles championship, the junior picked up a singles victory over Saana Saarteinen of Tulsa 7-6 (5), 6-3. She finished with a 3-1 singles mark in Oklahoma.

“My game is getting better each week,” Thoma said. “I’m closing out matches earlier and trying to stay in the moment by focusing on one point at a time.”

North Texas also had four additional players that picked up singles wins during the tournament’s final day. That group includes Galieva, who won last weekend’s B draw final at the Midland Invitational. Joining Galieva in Sunday wins were freshmen Tamuna Kutubidze and Laura Arciniegas, along with senior Agustina Valenzuela.

Now with two tournaments completed in fall play, the team has racked up a 28-18 record in singles, going along with a 9-8 doubles mark. Thoma feels that North Texas’ early season play is just a glimpse of what is to come.

“We work incredibly hard every single day and it’s clear that the work is paying off in our tournaments,” she said. “I was so proud of our team this weekend and I can already feel that we will do some serious damage this year.”

The Mean Green will continue fall action at the ITA Texas Regionals in about three weeks. The five-day event will begin on Thursday, October 22, from College Station.

2015 Oklahoma Fall Invitational - Full Results

Crimson Doubles Draw

Round of 16:
• Kononova/Kutubidze def. Castellano/Stretton (Kansas St.), 6-4
• Shestakova/Valenzuela fall to Fotopoulos/Brigante (Oklahoma), 6-3

• Kononova/Kutubidze def. Devine/Sethi (Oklahoma), 6-2

• Shestakova/Valenzuela def. Hinton/Khmelnitckaia (Kansas), 6-4

• Kononova/Kutubidze fell to Schiller/Porubin (Wichita State): 7-5

• Kononova/Kutubidze fell to Fotopoulos/Brigante (Oklahoma): 6-3
• Shestakova/Valenzuela fell to Costamagna/Bago (Kansas St.): 6-4

Red Doubles Draw
Round of 16:
• Thoma/Galieva def. Erkeeva/Bulgakova (SMU), 6-2

• Thoma/Galieva def. Cirnu/Garcia Navas (Kansas St.), 6-1

• Thoma/Galieva def. Pump/Guidetti (Wichita St.): 6-2

• Thoma/Galieva def. Stripp/Pepper (Oklahoma): 6-4

• Shestakova/Valenzuela fell to Elliot/Wright (SMU): 6-4

Boomer Singles Draw 

Round of 16:
• Kutubidze def. Fotopoulos (Oklahoma); 2-6, 7-6, 6-4
• Kononova fell to Castellano (Kansas St.); 6-3, 1-6, 2-6

• Kutubidze fell to Pereira (TCU): 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(5)

• Kononova fell to Erkeeva (SMU): 6-4, 3-6, 5-7

• Kutubidze fell to Hinton (Kansas): 1-6, 2-6
• Kononova def. King (TCU): 6-2, 6-4
• Kutubidze def. Sethi (Oklahoma): 7-6(5), 6-2
• Kononova fell to Kiro (Texas Tech): 6-3, 6-3

Sooner Singles Draw
Round of 16:
• Shestakova def. Costamagna (Kansas St.); 6-3, 6-0
• Thoma def. Brigante (Oklahoma); 6-2, 6-3

• Shestakova def. Federici (Texas Tech): 7-5, 6-4
• Thoma def. Zenovka (TCU): 7-5, 6-3

• Shestakova fell to Khmelnitckaia (Kansas): 3-6, 6-0, 2-6
• Thoma fell to Valenstein (Texas Tech): 1-6, 2-6

• Shestakova fell to Nemchen (Tulsa): 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
• Thoma def. Saarteinen (Tulsa): 7-6 (5), 6-3

Stoops Singles Draw
Round of 16:
• Galieva def. Kadzhaya (TCU); 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
• Valenzuela def. Wright (SMU); 7-5, 7-6
• Arciniegas fell to Devine (Oklahoma); 6-1, 6-0

• Galieva fell to Dadireddy (Tulsa): 2-6, 2-6
• Valenzuela fell to Trifunovic (Wichita St.): 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(4)

• Arciniegas fell to Kadzhava (TCU): 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

• Galieva def. Bago (Kansas St.): 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2
• Valenzuela def. Devine (Oklahoma): 6-3, 6-4
• Arciniegas def. Winthrow (OU): 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
• Galieva def. Stripp (Oklahoma): 7-6 (5), 6-3
• Valenzuela def. Bago (Kansas St.): 6-4, 6-0
• Arciniegas def. Winthrow (Oklahoma): 3-6, 7-6, 6-4



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