Tennis Takes No. 73 Ranking To Virginia For Weekend Matches

Feb. 19, 2016

Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Kamilla Galieva leads North Texas into two matches this weekend. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

No. 73 North Texas Mean Green (3-4) vs. VCU Rams (2-4)
Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. CT
Lynchburg, VA | Cook Tennis Center

No. 73 North Texas Mean Green (3-4) at Liberty Lady Flames (3-4)
Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. CT
Lynchburg, VA | Cook Tennis Center
Live Stats: Liberty StatBroadcast

DENTON — Mean Green tennis took down No. 36 Oklahoma last weekend to find its way into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s division I rankings for the first time this season. Now, a No. 73 North Texas team will hit the road in search of its first road win of the spring dual season.

Head coach Sujay Lama’s squad heads east for two matches from Lynchburg, Virginia. That slate begins with a showdown with VCU at 11:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 20, from the Cook Tennis Center. The Mean Green will then dual the hosting Liberty Lady Flames at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

North Texas (3-4) enters the weekend on a two-match win streak, but it will have its work cut out for it as all three of the team’s victories have come from the Waranch Tennis Complex in Denton.

Saturday’s competitor, VCU, sits at 2-4 on the year and comes into Saturday’s contest after notching a 4-3 win against Liberty on Friday. Four singles wins propelled the Rams to its second victory of the season, with each one coming from the team’s freshmen.

Liberty (3-4) is coached by a familiar face in Jeff Marin. The fourth-year coach previously spent time on the North Texas staff as associate head coach, even winning two Sun Belt Conference championships in 2010 and 2012. This year, his team has picked up wins over West Virginia, Elon and Wofford.

Junior Maria Khval leads the Lady Flames in the singles category, having accumulated a 5-2 individual record to this point on the year, going along with an undefeated 3-0 mark at the No. 1 position. In doubles, Khval joins freshman Anna Dollar with a 5-2 mark at the No. 2 position, the best record on the squad.

With North Texas seemingly recovered from an early-season slump, it will be interesting to see if the newly-ranked Mean Green are up for the challenge of finding wins on the road.



North Texas Mean Green