OU Invite Day Two, Kutubidze Reaches Round Two Of ITAs

Oct. 1, 2016

North Texas sophomore Tamuna Kutubidze reached the second round of the ITA All-American singles pre-qualification in Malibu, California, Saturday.

The Mean Green's Kutubidze defeated UC Santa Barbara's Palina Dubavets (5-7, 7-5, 6-4) in the first round of the tournament -- that brings together the best in college tennis -- before falling to the No. 7 seed Ena Shilbahara of UCLA.

Kutubidze had been an alternate for the singles tournament and didn't know she had made the pre-qualification until Friday night. Kutubidze and North Texas teammate Maria Kononova will compete in the ITA All-American doubles tournament starting Tuesday.

While Kutubidze was on the west coast, six of her Mean Green teammates were in Norman, Oklahoma, completing day two of the OU Invite.

In the second round of flight one of the singles tournament, senior Alexis Thoma lost in three sets (6-0, 0-6, 6-4) to Oklahoma's Lily Miyazaki. North Texas sophomore Laura Arciniegas defeated Kansas State's Iva Bago (6-3, 6-2) in flight two's consolation round. She lost to Texas Tech's Reagan Collins (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) in the next round, however.

In that same round, Mean Green freshman Haruka Sasaki defeated Kansas State's Livia Cirnu (2-6, 6-4, 6-1) and fellow North Texas freshman Alexandra Heczey collected her first college win by defeating Kansas State's Bago (6-3, 6-4).

In the doubles tournament, Thoma and freshman Ivana Babić teamed up to beat Oklahoma's Brooke Winthrow and Simran Sethi (7-5) in the consolation bracket.



The Mean Green will be back in action Sunday with day three of the OU Invite.

Oklahoma Invite Day 2 Results

Doubles Consolation

Alexis Thoma/Ivana Babic defeat Withrow/Sethi (OU); (7-5) Laura Arciniegas/Alexandra Heczey lost Buss/Perez (SMU); (6-2)


Alexis Thoma lost Lily Miyazaki (OU); (6-3, 6-3)

Singles Consolation

Ivana Babic lost Ana Garcia Navas (KSU); (6-1, 6-2)

Alexandra Heczey lost Reagan Collins (TTU); 7-5, 6-2

Laura Arciniegas defeats Iva Bago (KSU); (6-2, 6-2)

Haruka Sasaki defeats Livis Cirnu (KSU); (2-6, 6-4, 6-1)

Minying Liang lost Caroline Costamagna (KSU); (6-3, 6-2)

Alexis Thoma lost Katelyn Jackson (TTU); (6-0, 6-0)

Ivana Babic lost Dasha Sharapova (SMU); (6-3, 6-3)

Alexandra Heczey defeats Iva Bago (KSU); (6-3, 6-4)

Laura Arciniegas lost Reagan Collins (TTU); (3-6, 6-1, 6-4)

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