Galieva Takes Conference USA Co-Player of the Week
Senior Clinched Match Over #36 Oklahoma In One of Two Weekend Wins
Senior Kamilla Galieva earned her first career conference honor on Tuesday. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON — Less than 48 hours removed from clinching the Mean Green’s match win over No. 36 Oklahoma, senior Kamilla Galieva has been named Conference USA Co-Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. It is the first time in her career that Galieva has received the award.
The Ufa, Russia, native was undefeated in singles and doubles play over two matches while contributing to a pair of Mean Green wins. She entered the weekend will only an 0-1 record in spring singles play for a North Texas team that continues to experiment with its lineup.
"This honor means a lot to me," Galieva said. "I'm excited about my last season as a college athlete and my main focus is doing my best for this team."
Galieva defeated Louisiana Tech senior Manoela Chiacchio 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to earn a point for North Texas en route to a 4-1 win over the Lady Techsters. On Sunday, she followed that up with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Oklahoma senior Zita Engbroks, a match that sealed a Mean Green win over the nationally-ranked Sooners.
In doubles play, Galieva was just as pivotal as she joined junior Alexis Thoma in taking a 6-0 win against OU’s Ann Pepper and Mimi Fotopoulos, helping to clinch the always-desired doubles point. The showdown was Galieva’s first taste of duo play this spring.
“Kamilla stepped up big this past weekend, both on and off the court,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “She has worked hard to earn her spot in the lineup and her leadership as a senior is what this team needs. Kamila is most deserving of this honor.”
Galieva and the rest of the Mean Green will be back in action this weekend with two matches from Virginia. North Texas is set to face VCU at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, before taking on Liberty at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Both matches will take place form Lynchburg, Virginia.
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