Mean Green Head To Metroplex Mania
North Texas Begins Dual Season On Jan. 19
DALLAS -- After a two-month break, the North Texas tennis team is back in action this weekend as they travel to SMU for the annual Metroplex Mania beginning Friday.
In what will be the team's final tune-up match before their Jan. 19 dual match season debut, the Mean Green will face the Mustangs, Georgia State and BYU this weekend at SMU's Turpin Stadium and Brookshire Family Pavilion.
The Mean Green are scheduled to start the event with doubles Friday morning against the Mustangs
Due to her heavy fall season schedule that included playing in the ITA All-American and Hall of Fame Grass Court Invitaitonal, North Texas' captain Maria Kononova will sit-out this weekend's competitions.
"I know the team is excited to get back to competition," Kononova said. "This will be a good opportunity to get better before the dual season begins in a couple weeks. It'll be especially good for the freshmen."
After a third-straight Conference USA Tournament semifinal loss to Rice in last year's, head coach Sujay Lama has stacked the Mean Green's lineup this year with talent that he expects will only get better with the competition.
North Texas had a very successful fall season that saw all eight women shine. The Mean Green are eager to get back and start the season strong as they open the dual season against University of South Florida who won the 2017 American Athletic Conference Tournament.
"We have a very competitive team that wants to prove a lot," Kononova said. "Every match means a lot to our goal of being better as individuals and as a team."
Turpin Stadium and Brookshire Family Pavilion is located at 5669 N Central Expy, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75205
2018 Metroplex Mania Schedule (Dates and times are subject to change)
Friday, January 12, 9 a.m. start
- Doubles: BYU vs. Georgia State
- Doubles: North Texas vs. SMU
- Singles: BYU vs. SMU
- Singles: GSU vs. North Texas
Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m. start
- Doubles: Georgia State vs. SMU
- Doubles: North Texas vs. BYU
- Singles: Georgia State vs. BYU
- Singles: SMU vs. North Texas
Sunday, January 14, start time TBD
- Doubles: Georgia State vs. North Texas
- Singles: Georgia State vs. SMU
Monday, January 15, start time TBD
- Doubles: BYU vs. SMU
- Singles BYU vs. North Texas