Playing Through Adversity
North Texas Hosts Columbia For A Thursday Afternoon matchup
DENTON — The North Texas tennis team will host its third match this week on Thursday when they take on Columbia at 2 p.m. at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
The Mean Green (5-10) are expected to have their full lineup Thursday versus the Lions (3-7) who are currently on a two match winning streak but haven’t played in nearly a month. North Texas has dropped its last couple matches but has had inconsistencies at the backend of its rotation due to injuries and illnesses.
“It’s been tough but you’re not going to be 100 percent all the time,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “It’s how you weather the storm and deal with adversity. We have to stay positive and see how great we’ve been this year. What we’ve done in doubles is fantastic.”
In six of the last seven matches, North Texas has won the doubles point. The one doubles loss came at the then No. 22 ranked team in the country, TCU, on the road. In total, the Mean Green have won the doubles point in nine of their 15 matches this season including against Oklahoma and Tulsa who are currently ranked No. 39 and No. 28 in the country, respectively.
Leading the doubles charge for North Texas has been sophomores Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze. The No. 77 ranked doubles team is undefeated this season at 11-0 in 14 matches played. The three matches that were unfinished, Kononova and Kutubidze led at the time they were called. Their 11 wins is the most by a North Texas No. 1 doubles team. On Tuesday against Georgia State, they broke the previous record of 10, which Kononova and Kutubidze had tied last year as freshmen. In 2015, Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer set the record.
Kononova is also just three singles wins shy of setting the single season record at the No. 1 spot with 15 wins.