Mean Green Head To No. 22 TCU
North Texas Faces Another Power-Five
FT. WORTH, TX — Wednesday, the North Texas tennis team takes the short trip south to face the No. 22 ranked TCU Horned Frogs at 5:30 p.m.
The Mean Green (5-7) are coming off a resilient 5-2 win against Arizona last weekend, handing the Wildcats just their second loss of the season. Wednesday, the Mean Green will look for their third win this season against a power-five opponent. They will feature their newly ranked doubles team. Wednesday’s match will be held at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center and Bartzen Varsity Courts at Bayard Friedman Tennis Center 3609 Bellaire Drive North Fort Worth, TX 76129.
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“This is a great opportunity for us to grow, prepare for the conference tournament towards the end of the season and see how we stack up against another competitive opponent,” said head coach Sujay Lama.
Tuesday, the Mean Green’s No. 1 doubles team of Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze earned an ITA national ranking of 77. The sophomore pair has yet to lose this season in 11 matches. They are 9-0 with two unfinished matches. They have been a steady force at the top of the doubles lineup and have helped start matches strong for the Mean Green.
Wednesday, Kutubidze and Kononova and their team will face a Horned Frog team that has two doubles teams ranked in the top 60 in the ITA.
Winning the doubles point is critical for this young North Texas team that is progressively finding its stride with each match. Against Arizona, the Mean Green had a tremendous effort and energy from all six of its singles players as they won the doubles point and then secured the win with four singles wins, three coming from the bottom of their lineup.
Lama was especially impressed with the win over the Wildcats since it came after heartbreaking loss to Old Dominion less than 24 hours before.
“We’ve had a couple really resilient wins that came after tough losses,” Lama explained, "I think that says a lot about our team and we’re learning with each match.”
Sophomore Minying Liang has been outstanding as of late for North Texas, winning four consecutive singles matches. Lama explained that Liang is winning matches she would have lost last season and is competing through tough stretches.
Liang, a perfect example of North Texas’ growth through tough competition and tribulations. The Mean Green will look for another win over a power-five team and continue to rise in the ITA team rankings when they travel to TCU Wednesday night.