Mean Green Welcome No. 17 Kansas
Kononova Looks To Tie Program Record For Singles Wins
DENTON -- With just four regular season matches left, the North Texas tennis team hosts the No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday at noon for its second to last regular season home match of the year.
The Mean Green (6-10) are coming off a 6-1 victory over Columbia on Thursday and are on a roll in doubles, winning the doubles' point in seven of their last eight matches. North Texas faces a Kanas (8-4) team that features a doubles team that is the No. 50 ranked team in the country and is 10-4 this spring and 19-9 overall.
"Getting to play a top 20 opponent at home is a great opportunity for us," said head coach Sujay Lama. "We have to come inspired and ready to compete for every single point."
The Mean Green showed that competitive spark in their win over Columbia on Thursday. It was their fourth win this season by five or more points. It was the 10th time this season they'd won the doubles point and in five of their six wins this season they began the match with a doubles point win.
In singles, the Mean Green's No. 1 Maria Kononova will battle against Russian country mate and friend Anastasia Rychagova. Both Kononova and Rychagova are ranked in the top 85 of the ITA and picked up straight set wins this past week against Columbia's No 1.
Kononova is one win shy of tying the program record for singles victories in the spring season. She has won four in a row and 13 of her last 15. Rychagova hasn't lost a singles match since Feb. 3. It was her only loss of the season and it came against the No. 36 ranked player in the county.
Also playing well in singles for North Texas has been sophomore Tamuna Kutubidze. She powered her way to a straight set victory over Columbia and ended her match with four consecutive winners. Kutubidze began the season recovering from an injury but heads into Sunday's match winning four of her last five.
Kansas is the third top 25 North Texas has faced this season. The last time North Texas hosted a top 25 team was 2015.
Following Sunday's match, the Mean Green will have nearly a two-week break before they travel to Memphis for an April 1 morning match against the Tigers. It will be their only match before they host SMU on April 13 for the final regular season home match of the year.