Kutubidze Named C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete Of The Week
Sophomore Earns Her First Honor
IRVING -- For the first time in her career, North Texas sophomore tennis player Tamuna Kutubidze was named Conference USA's women's tennis Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.
The Georgian native won four matches this past week to help lead the Mean Green to a 6-1 win over SMU on Thursday and a 4-2 win at UT-Arlington on Saturday. North Texas ends the regular season on a three-match winning streak and Kutubidze and her doubles partner Maria Kononova finish the regular season 15-0 at the No. 1 spot. They are the first Mean Green doubles team to end the year undefeated with more than six matches played.
"I'm so happy for Tamuna to get this recognition," said head coach Sujay Lama. "She has persevered and worked tirelessly to get back to 100 percent after her surgery in the fall. She is most deserving of this honor."
On Thursday against the Mustangs, Kutubidze defeated Sarai Monarrez Yesaki at No. 2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. The Mean Green's 6-1 win over SMU was the program's largest victory in program history over the Mustangs. Kutubidze's win set up Alexandra Heczey to clinch the win.
On Saturday, Kutubidze once more set her teammate up for a clinching win as she defeated Astrid Gehre of UTA in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, in the Mean Green's 4-2 win in Arlington. In doubles, she and Kononova took down the Mavericks No. 1 doubles team 6-4, which prevented UTA from claiming the doubles point.
Kutubidze owns a 10-8 singles record this season to go along with her undefeated doubles record. Her 10 wins are the second most on the team. She missed the beginning of the season recovering from offseason surgery. She's won three consecutive singles matches. Last season she ended the year, including postseason, on an eight-match winning streak.
She is one singles win away from entering the top 10 in program history and is the second different Mean Green tennis player this season to earn the honor.
North Texas hosts the Conference USA Championship at the Waranch Tennis Complex starting Thursday morning.