Mean Green Wins Eight First Round Matches At ITA Regional

Oct. 21, 2016

WACO -- North Texas finished day one of the ITA Texas Regional with eight first round wins.

Thursday, the Mean Green won six of their seven first round singles and two of their three doubles matches at the Baylor hosted national regional tournament. Senior Alexis Thoma advanced to the Round of 32 after winning her second round singles match also on Thursday.

"I'm very proud of the way we competed today," North Texas head coach Sujay Lama said. "Everyone fought hard and showed improvement and growth."

After defeating SMU's Mary Wright (6-4, 6-2) in the first round, Thoma defeated Texas Tech's Katelyn Jackson (6-2, 6-3) in the Round of 64. Jackson defeated Thoma 6-0, 6-0 two weeks ago at the OU Invite. This is the second time Thoma has advanced past the Round of 64 of the ITA Texas Regional. She will face Texas Arlington's Agustina Serio Friday afternoon.

In doubles, Sophomore Laura Arciniegas and freshman Haruka Sasaki defeated Texas State's Julia Navajo and Yadira Rubio Ramirez in the first round. The other Mean Green first round doubles win was Thoma and freshman partner Ivana Babić who defeated UTA's Jessica Birowski and Astrid Gehre.

North Texas' sophomore doubles team of Tumuna Kutubidze and Maria Kononova will play Friday morning as they received a first round bye being seeded eighth. They will play Abilene Christian's Autumn Crossnoe and Jordan Henry.

"It's important to come back tomorrow and put forth the same effort," Lama said. "The key is to keep growing and developing each day."



The winners of the ITA Texas Regionals advance to the ITA Indoor National Championship in New York City.


Thoma defeated Wright (SMU); 6-4, 6-2
Thoma defeated Jackson (Texas Tech); 6-4, 6-3
Heczey defeated Rivas Garrido (TCU); Walk Over
Heczey lost Carr (Texas State); 6-2, 7-5
Arciniegas defeated Maxl (SFA); 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3
Arciniegas lost Wagland (Texas); 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Sasaki defeated Cabrera (UTSA); 7-6(2), 6-2
Sasaki lost Bashota (TCU); 6-0, 6-3
Babic defeated Kareh (UIW); 7-6, 7-6
Babic lost Federici (Texas Tech); 6-0, 6-3
Kononova lost Rosell (UTSA); 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Kutubidze defeated Adams (ACU); 7-6, 6-3
Kutubidze lost Buss (SMU);4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Liang defeated Jamal (SMU); 6-2, 6-0
Liang lost Bokhua (Texas A&M); 6-4, 6-3

Heczey/Liang lost Cortina Pou/Kiro (Texas Tech); 8-5
Arciniegas/Sasaki defeated Navajo/ Rubio Ramirez (Texas State); 8-5
Arciniegas/Sasaki lost Granic/Wagland (Texas); 8-7
Babic/Thoma defeated Birowski/Gehre (UTA); 8-6
Babic/Thoma lost Talaba/Valenstein (Texas Tech); 8-6

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