North Texas Dominating The SDSU Invite

Nov. 12, 2016

SAN DIEGO -- North Texas will have five representatives in the finals of the San Diego State Invite on Sunday. No other school in the tournament has more than three.

The round robin style tournament features six different flights and two Mean Green doubles teams and three North Texas singles competitors are still in the running for a flight championship.

Saturday, the Mean Green pair of Maria Kononova and Alexandra Heczey defeated San Diego State's Kennedy Davis and Paola Diaz de Regules (6-1) to advance to the doubles' Black flight's finals.

Then, in the doubles' Red flight, sophomores Laura Arciniegas and Minying Liang knocked off Arizona's Sophia Thomas and Elena Schneider (6-3) to advance to the championship.

In the singles tournament, Kononova defeated Arizona's Paris Corley (6-3, 6-0). The North Texas sophomore will play another Wildcat in Camila Wesbrooks in the singles Red flight championship on Sunday morning.

Arciniegas also reached her flight's singles championship. The Columbian native will face SDSU's Paola Diaz for the title after Arciniegas defeated Irvine's Jackie Tsodikova (6-1, 6-1).

Looking for her first collegiate title will be North Texas freshman Haruka Sasaki. She defeated Kansas State's Livia Cirnu (6-3, 3-6, 6-2) Saturday. It is the second time this fall season Sasaki has defeated Cirnu. Sasaki will match up against Olivia Larsson of SDSU Sunday morning.

After a impressive showing at the ITA Texas Regional, the Mean Green have begun to build momentum headed into a anticipated spring season, which features 15 home matches including the Conference USA Tournament.




Day 2


Red Draw (Main Semis)

Laura Arceniegas /Minying Liang over Thomas/Scneider (Arizona); 6-3

Black Draw (Main Semis)

Maria Kononova/Alexandra Heczey over Diaz/Diaz (SDSU); 6-1

Black Draw (Consolation Semis)

Haruka Sasaki/Alexis Thoma lost to Wesbrooks/Corley (Arizona); 6-4


Red Draw (Main Semis)

Maria Kononova over Paris Corley (Arizona); 6-3, 6-0

Red Draw (Cons Semis)

Alexis Thoma lost to Constance Branstine (UCI); 6-4, 6-3

White Draw (Cons Semis)

Alexandra Heczey lost to Mia Smith (SDSU); 0-6, 7-5, 6-4

Silver Draw (Main Semis)

Haruka Sasaki over Livia Cirnu (KSU); 7-2, 3-6, 6-2

Gold Draw (Main Semis)

Luara Arciniegas over Jackie Tsodikova (UCI); 6-1, 6-1

Minying Liang lost to Paola Diaz (SDSU); 7-6(4), 7-5

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