Mean Green Prepare For K-State, Washington State

Maria Kononova versus Iowa on Feb. 3, 2018 (Photo by Mark Woods)
Maria Kononova versus Iowa on Feb. 3, 2018 (Photo by Mark Woods)
Feb. 8, 2018

MANHATTAN, KS. -- The North Texas tennis team is on the road in BIG XII country and is preparing to take on Kansas State Friday afternoon and Washington State Saturday. Both matches will be played in Manhattan, Kansas. 

The Mean Green (3-1) are riding a two-match winning streak and are fresh off their thrilling 4-3 win over Iowa last Saturday in Denton. This Saturday's match is the second of four straight matches UNT is playing against power-five opponents. And it is the first of three matches over a five-day period.

While their 4-3 win over Iowa was an encouraging sign, this weekend's set of matches should show even more excitement as they are facing two familiar programs. 

"Washington State and Kansas State have been two team that have been a challenge for us the past two seasons," said associate head coach Jeff Hammond. "We will need to be relentless in all aspects of the game this weekend to be successful."

The Mean Green have yet to beat either K-State or Washington State over the past two seasons, but came very close last year to knocking off the Cougars at home. Only a few weeks removed from surgery, Tamuna Kutubidze lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 at the No. 2 spot in the lineup to hand Washington State the 4-3 win.

A far cry from last Saturday's win against Iowa when put in the same scenario, Kutubidze battled through tough conditions to win in a third set tiebreaker and clinch the match for North Texas.

Kutubidze was honored for her success by being named the C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. 

"With the momentum we have from the start of the season, we are looking to play well and want the third time to be the charm."

The Mean Green are one win shy to having their best start to a season since 2013 when they began the year 6-1 and ended the year with an 18-5 record and won their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship.


 

 

Fans can follow live statistics to Friday and Saturday's matches through k-statesports.com.

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