North Texas Travels To OU For A Midweek Match
Kononova, Miyazaki Meet For A Third Time
DENTON — The North Texas tennis team is back on the road for its third consecutive match and fourth consecutive match against a power-five school.
The Mean Green (3-3) are at Oklahoma (4-3) for a midweek dual on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday will be North Texas’ third match in five days. UNT dropped its most recent match to Washington State but came away with a lot of positives. Additionally, North Texas has a tremendous opportunity in front of it and one that junior Maria Kononova took advantage of last year.
“We are experience growth with each practice and match,” said head coach Sujay Lama. We have another opportunity to see if we can apply the lessons learned from the last two matches.”
Last season when OU and the Mean Green met, North Texas battled closely with the Sooners but fell 4-3.
North Texas won the doubles point and UNT’s No. 1 singles player, Maria Kononova, defeated Oklahoma’s Lily Miyazaki in two sets. Miyazaki was ranked No. 16 in the country at the time and it’s the highest ranked opponent a Mean Green tennis player has beaten in program history.
Wednesday, Kononova and Miyazaki meet for a third time in their college careers. They each have beaten each other once. Miyazaki is currently ranked No. 18 while Kononova is ranked No. 48.
At No. 2 for UNT, Tamuna Kutubidze has been on fire to start the year. The junior is undefeated at 5-0 in singles. She’s been easily the most consistent player for the Mean Green and clinched a 4-3 win earlier this season against Iowa.
“This team is dialed in, working hard and has amazing chemistry,” Lama said. “The key area of focus is going to be execution. If we do that, we’ll put our selves in a position to be successful.”