Mean Green Look To Continue Success At SDSU Invite
Young North Texas Team Showing Great Potential For Spring Duel Season
SAN DIEGO — After nearly a four week break, North Texas women’s tennis is back in action Friday at the San Diego State Invite.
The Mean Green last competed in the ITA Texas Regional where they experienced incredible success and growth. As the fall tournament season winds to a completion, North Texas’ young team is slowly finding its identity.
“From technical, to tactical to physical we’ve seen growth in every aspect,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “But I think they’ve grown competitively. And regionals was a great indication of that, especially considering how young we are. To see them rise to the challenge was fantastic and a sign of competitive growth.”
In the Texas regional, the Mean Green won a combined 20 matches and over 60 percent of all their matches, which predominantly came against some of the best teams and players in the country. Sophomores Tamuna Kutubidze and Maria Kononova became just the second North Texas doubles team in program history to reach the ITA regional semifinal round. Kononova also made the singles bracket consolation final in the tournament.
Friday, North Texas will begin the three-day invitation, which features schools such as UC Irvine, San Diego State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Arizona and Kansas State.
What’s been even more encouraging for the Mean Green is the growth has come from a team that is mostly freshmen and sophomores.
“Playing against the best teams in the county forces you to learn how to be competitively quickly,” Lama explained. “I mean look at who we’re playing. We’re Kansas State, Arizona, then Oklahoma State and then Michigan State. “
Friday, the team will attempt to further continue their growth as the duel spring season lies two months away.
Seven of the eight North Texas tennis players have made the trip to San Diego and all but one will compete in the doubles bracket.