Mississippi State Dominates Singles To Rally Past Arkansas 4-1
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind a dominating performance in singles play, the No. 12 Mississippi State men’s tennis squad (13-6, 3-4 SEC) overcame dropping the doubles point to defeat No. 54 Arkansas (12-9, 0-6 SEC) 4-1 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Complex Friday afternoon.
With the win, State has won its last five matches against the Razorbacks and improves to 24-7 all-time against the SEC West foes.
Arkansas grabbed an early lead by taking the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. UA’s Gregoire Lehmann and Mike Ward took down MSU’s Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson 8-4 on court two. However, State evened the playing field with an 8-6 win on court three from the freshmen duo of Romain Bogaerts and Pedro Dumont against UA’s Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz, leaving it all up to court one.
MSU’s No. 14 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp held a 7-6 lead late on court one, but Arkansas’ No. 60 tandem of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott rallied to down the MSU duo 9-7 and take the doubles point for the Razorbacks.
Singles would prove to be a different story for the Bulldogs. State came out firing on all courts, taking all six first sets.
MSU freshman Dumont started off the singles victories with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against UA’s Victor Hoang on court five to even the team score at 1-1. On court four, State’s White followed suit with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against the Razorbacks’ Ward to put the Bulldogs ahead. White’s doubles partner, MSU’s Wilkinson would then earn a 6-3, 6-4 victory against UA’s Christian Lee in his 2013 dual match debut match.
The clinching point came on court one, as No. 18 Bogaerts of MSU defeated UA’s Lehmann 6-3, 6-2, giving the Bulldogs their third SEC win of the season.
Play on courts two and three was suspended once the match was clinched. On three, MSU’s Angus was leading UA’s Nott 6-4, 4-5, while State’s No. 59 Stropp was tied with UA’s Jeske 6-0, 4-6, 1-1 on court two.
“Arkansas came at us early, but the team did a good job of keeping their composure,” head coach Per Nilsson said. “I am very proud of Ethan (Wilkinson) to win a big match for us today.”
Georgia Posts 4-2 Road Win Over Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The sixth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team bounced back from a loss of the doubles point to win all six first sets in singles on its way to a 4-2 win over No. 13 Vanderbilt Friday afternoon on the road at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville.
The win pushes the Bulldogs to 13-4 on the season and 5-1 in Southeastern play, while Vanderbilt falls to 13-5 (4-2). Georgia today moves into sole possession of first place in the SEC East and overall after entering the weekend tied with the Commodores as well as the Bulldogs’ Sunday opponent in Kentucky. The Wildcats fell 4-1 to Tennessee Friday at home.
The Commodores went up 1-0 on Georgia after doubles, getting tiebreak victories at Nos. 2 and 3 to snag the early lead. After UGA won the first completed match with an 8-4 win at No. 1 for Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters over Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe, the duo of KU Singh and Austin Smith fell 9-8(5) to Rhys Johnson and Jeff Offerdahl at No. 3. The deciding match also went 9-8(3) in favor of Vanderbilt as the team of Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran upset the No. 39-ranked pair of Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha at No. 2 to clinch it for VU.
But the Bulldogs responded in singles, winning all six opening sets before pulling even at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win for Brasseaux over Johnson at No. 6. Georgia then took its first lead of the day as SEC Freshman of the Week and No. 71-ranked Wagland posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over 54th-ranked Austin at No. 2. But Vanderbilt answered back with a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win for 19th-ranked Lipman over Singh at No. 1 to tie the team score at 2-2.
Georgia then surged back in front at 3-2 with a 7-5, 6-0 win for Pasha over Offerdahl at No. 3, and the freshman Smith provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-4 win over van der Merwe at No. 4, making it 4-2.
The final match was suspended with Pieters down 3-1 in the second set to Yee.
“This was a very gutsy effort from our guys,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “We really got outplayed in doubles and played below par. We had our opportunities to win but Vandy raised its game at the right time and certainly deserved the point. I was encouraged by the way our guys fought back. This is a big win on the road, which is always tough. Now we need to get some rest and prepare for another big challenge on Sunday.”
“In a conference as deep as ours, you’re really running a race against yourself,” Diaz said. “Kentucky is going to come out determined. I don’t know that today’s [loss] really popped their balloon too much – they’re still one of the best four or five teams in the country and we will need to come out and play better doubles than we did today.”
Florida Men’s Tennis Wins at Alabama, 4-1
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—The Florida men’s tennis team earned a 4-1 victory at Alabama on Friday, indoors at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. With the win, the Gators improve to 9-6 on the season and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide falls to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Florida opened up by winning the doubles point for the second-straight match. Alabama first won at No. 1 doubles, but UF responded with wins on courts two and three. Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson beat the Tide’s Becker O’Schughnessey and Daniil Proskura, 8-5, on court two. Florida’s Mike Alford and Florent Diep then clinched the doubles point with a tiebreak victory over Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides, 9-8 (5).
Momentum carried over into singles play for the Gators. UF won the first set on four of six courts, and quickly earned the three points needed for the win. Bob van Overbeek was first off the court, defeating No. 79 O’Shaughnessey, 6-3, 7-5, on court three.
Federhofer kept his unbeaten streak alive, beating Tsangarides, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5 singles to give Florida a 3-0 lead overall. After Alabama got on the board with a win at No. 1 singles, Stephane Piro closed out the Crimson Tide with a win on court two. Piro defeated Proskura, 7-5, 6-4, to clinch the victory.
Georgia Tops Vanderbilt, 5-2
ATHENS, Ga.—The No. 5 Georgia women’s tennis team continued conference play with a 5-2 win over No. 16 Vanderbilt on a frigid Friday evening at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Georgia (12-2, 5-1) won the doubles point, and then picked up four singles wins in route to its seventh win in its last eight matches.
“Today was a great match,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “Vanderbilt played really well. Doubles was very exciting for us. Our number one team was undefeated coming into the day and [Vanderbilt] knocked them off. They really played a great match. Then, our number two team played the best match of the season with an 8-1 win and then our number three team really pulled up big for us to get the doubles point. It took a great effort for us in singles, but this was a really good 5-2 win.”
Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase picked up a commanding 8-1 win over Vanderbilt’s Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares at No. 2. The win is the pair’s fourth win in a row. Georgia won the doubles point when Lilly Kimbell and Mia King upended Vanderbilt’s Georgina Sellyn and Frances Altick 8-4 at No. 3. Georgia’s Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, ranked third in the country, fell 8-6 to No. 29 Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton. The loss is the pair’s first of the spring.
In singles, No. 120 Fuller gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Antal. Fuller won six straight games in the second set to pick up the win. Next, No. 17 Kowase beat Vanderbilt’s Casares 6-1, 7-5. She improves to 28-7 this season. Herring, the seventh-ranked player in the country, clinched the Georgia win with a 6-4, 5-2 win over No. 46 Antal. Herring trailed 4-1 in the first set, before winning five straight games.
With the match outcome already decided, Vanderbilt avoided the shutout when Altick topped Makenzie Craft, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Garcia put Georgia up 5-1 with a come from behind, three-set, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Colton. Vanderbilt won the final match of the day as Sellyn outlasted King, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-5).
LADY VOLS TAKE DOWN NO. 46 KENTUCKY 6-1
KNOXVILLE – The No. 28 University of Tennessee women’s tennis team behind some stellar doubles play, and the match clinching point by Caitlin Williams, defeated No. 46 Kentucky Friday night 6-1 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
“We played a really good match, we stayed tough, and everyone competed really hard and I am just proud of their effort,” said co-head coach Mike Patrick. “They played really good tennis today. There were good matchups for us and they did what they were supposed to do.”
The Lady Vols jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead capturing the doubles point for the third time in SEC action. The night began with an 8-2 doubles win for Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams and doubles ended as No. 4 ranked Brynn Boren and Kata Szkely bested their No. 1 doubles opponents 8-3 on court one.
With the victory, Boren and Szekely earned their 30th doubles victory of the season, just the third UT tandem, playing all doubles matches together, to hit 30 wins. The duo was also the first pair to achieve the feat since Vilmarie Castellvi and Agnes Wiski combined for 30 wins together in 2002.
All-Americans Paula and Peta Kelly combined for at least 30 victories all four seasons on Rocky Top from 1979-82.
Henderson kept that doubles momentum going into singles play as she flew through her match on court four defeating Kirsten Lewis 6-1, 6-0 in straight sets to give the Lady Vols their second point of the match.
Cruising along beside Henderson was Tiffany Tavares who sped through the first set 6-1, and fought in the second set to come out with a 6-2 victory giving the Lady Vols their third point of the match.
The game winner was decided by Williams on a soft lob over the net that Edmee Morin could just not reach to give the sophomore a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
“[Caitlyn] had a really good weekend last weekend last weekend and she carried it through to this weekend,” said Patrick. “She is starting to turn the corner and getting out there and playing some competitive matches and getting up to speed where she is capable of playing.”
Szekely and Fotopoulos each battled to the same 7-6 (7) first set, tie-break wins and used the momentum to continue on to sweeps of their Kentucky opponents.
Szekely finished with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Jessica Stiles, while Fotopoulos eked out a 7-6 (7), 7-5 victory on court five.
Gators Cruise to 4-1 Victory Over Alabama for Fifth SEC Win
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The second-ranked Florida women's tennis team showed its strength in its' singles play again Friday night as it found itself down 1-0 after dropping the doubles point to eighth-ranked Alabama, but was able to win four straight singles matches, all in straight sets, for the easy 4-1 victory over the Crimson Tide.
The Gators (12-2, 5-1 SEC) continued their undefeated streak against the Crimson Tide (13-2, 5-1 SEC) as they are now 38-0 all-time against Alabama. The team also moved to 182-1 all-time at home against SEC opponents. Moving to 9-0 at home on the year, UF also extended its overall program-record home winning streak to 116 straight matches with 19 coming in postseason play.
After falling behind early after doubles, the Gators didn't need long to get four singles wins, all in straight sets. Juniors Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.) and Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) both won their matches quickly, followed by senior Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.), who continued her undefeated streak of singles matches in dual play. Embree is now 11-0 during the spring season. The clinching match came from freshman Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) at court four. Like her teammates, she also won her match in straight sets as a nice bounce back from a doubles loss earlier in the night.
"I really like this team," Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Losing the doubles point the way we did, I was curious to see how our freshmen would respond in singles. I was really pleased to see Brianna (Morgan) shook that off like a scarred veteran. You never know how a freshman will respond. We had five match points and if you win one of those, things change, so we're right there. I just really like this team. There was never a doubt, for me, in our singles play. I think we were fantastic in singles."
Coming into Friday's match, the Gators had won three of their last four doubles points and was looking for its second in a row against the Tide. Courts one and two stayed close for the majority of the time, but it was all UF at court three as Cercone and Janowicz cruised to an 8-3 win over Emily Zubor and Natalia Maynetto for their first win together as a team this season. In their careers, Janowicz and Cercone have been quite the tandem as they are now 14-4 together with five wins coming in SEC play.
Needing only one match to clinch the doubles point, it seemed as if Florida would be in the driver's seat with still two matches to play. However, the Crimson Tide were up a break at the remaining courts for over half of the remaining time.
At court two, Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Sofie Oyen (Leopoldsburg, Belgium) were behind the eight-ball all match, but were able to pull within 6-5 after a nice break. Unfortunately, Antonio Foehse and Maya Jansen broke the UF serve in the very next game to take a 7-5 lead. A lead they held in the final game to win the match, 8-5.
With the doubles point coming down to court one, the Orange and Blue finally broke through at court one to make it 4-all, as Embree and Morgan were looking to take the lead for good. The Tide had other plans and broke the Gators serve right back to re-take the 5-4 lead.
Both teams held their respective serves in the next three games, as Alabama had the 7-5 advantage, but needed one more break to earn the win. Embree and Morgan went on to win three straight games for a 8-7 lead, but couldn't get the extra broken serve from the Tide as the match was sent to a tiebreaker. The extra game went the distance as both teams fought to a 9-all score. However, a forehand from Morgan was just a bit long, giving Alabama the court one victory, 9-8 (9), and the doubles point going into singles.
"We're going to get better in doubles," Thornqvist said. "Our three teams looked fantastic today. From the beginning, I think we're making progress. We had five match points, and if we get one of those, we win the doubles point and we're happy. I love this team, they know how to compartmentalize. It shows great confidence and strong will."
Not to be deterred, the Gators did exactly what they had been doing all year. Even when needing four singles wins, UF came out on fire as Cercone and Janowicz both claimed quick victories at courts three and five, respectively. Cercone was the first off the court after needing just an hour and five minutes to dispatch Maya Jansen, 6-3, 6-1, for her 17th win of the year, 11th of the spring.
Eight minutes later, it was Janowicz's turn as she also won her match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, over Emily Zabor, to give Florida the lead in the overall team standings, 2-1. The junior is now 25-6 for the year and as four wins in SEC play.
From there, it was like clockwork as Embree won her first match as the nation's top-ranked player, 6-1, 6-3, over Macfarlane, followed by Morgan's, 6-1, 6-3, victory over Alabama's Antonia Foehse, for her ninth singles win of the dual season.
Gamecocks Score Late Wins to Hold Off Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. – No. 34 South Carolina rallied to win the last three matches on court to stave off a charge from No. 35 Auburn in a 5-2 win at Yarbrough Tennis Center Friday afternoon. The Gamecocks’ top doubles team of Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov defeated the nation’s third-ranked tandem to clinch the first point of the match for South Carolina. After Auburn narrowed it to 2-2, Andrew Adams finished off his singles win, and Harry Menzies fought back from a set down to win the next two and deliver the match victory.
“Our team really came to play today,” South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi said. “All three doubles teams were intense and locked in from the start. We competed as a team, and it showed when matches got tight in singles. Hopefully we can pick up some momentum from today’s solid performance and carry it into Sunday’s match.”
The Gamecocks stormed out of the gate, winning all three doubles matches. After Kyle Koch and Menzies finished off their 8-4 win in the No. 2 match, the top of the lineup was in a battle of ranked teams. Cox and Mihov brought a No. 50 ranking into the match, but got in front of No. 3 Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies midway through the set and held on for the 8-5 victory that delivered the first point of the match for the Gamecocks. Ben Barnette and Thiago Pinheiro won their shortened match in the No. 3 spot 7-6.
South Carolina looked to carry that high into singles action, but the two teams split the first sets across the six courts. Koch was the first to sprint out to a lead, claiming his first set 6-2 over Lucas Lopasso, with Adams and Pinheiro winning the first sets against their nationally ranked foes. At the top of the order, Mihov fell behind No. 46 Mies, allowing the Tigers to tie the match at 1-1.
Koch continued to thrive in SEC play, improving to 4-0 on the season after posting a 6-2 second set over Lopasso in the No. 5 match to put South Carolina up 2-1. Dennis Lengsfeld knotted the match at 2-2 with a second-set tiebreak over Cox in the No. 4 match, finishing 6-4, 7-6.
The Gamecocks had been in several tight matches before, and the experience paid off. Adams and Pinheiro were both headed into second-set tiebreaks, and Menzies had leveled his No. 6 match at a set each to hold off the Tigers’ surge. The emotion of that comeback sparked the Gamecocks. Adams finished off No. 86 Cochrane 6-3, 7-6 to put South Carolina up 3-2, but Pinheiro was headed to a third set with No. 85 Lukas Ollert.
Menzies carried the momentum into the third set, finishing off Van Dooren 6-3 to deliver his first SEC win of the season and the team victory for the Gamecocks. Pinheiro fed off the energy and closed out Ollert 6-1 in the third set to remain undefeated in three-set matches this season.
Gamecocks Pick Up 4-1 Victory Over No. 18 Auburn Kevin Epley Records First Top-25 Win as Gamecocks’ Head Coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 22, 2013) — The 49th-ranked South Carolina women’s tennis team picked up a 4-1 win over No. 18 Auburn on Friday evening at Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C. The win snapped Carolina’s three-match losing streak and improved the Gamecocks to 9-7 on the year and 2-4 in the SEC. Auburn has now lost two straight after winning 14 in a row and is 14-3 overall and 4-2 in the league.
Auburn entered the match having won 15 consecutive doubles points, with the Tigers’ only loss coming in their first match of the season versus No. 1 North Carolina. The Gamecocks, though, came out and dominated all three positions to grab a 1-0 lead heading to singles. It became a race between courts one and two as to which duo would finish first, as both jumped out to 6-2 leads. Katerina Popova and Josefin Andersson ended up defeating Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger first on court two by an 8-4 count.
At the No. 1 spot, Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova continued to lead 7-3 after 10 games, but 54th-ranked Pleun Burgmans and Plamena Kurteva recovered to win two straight games to cut the deficit to 7-5. Alawi, however, used her powerful serve to help propel the Gamecocks to the win in the next game. It marked the 12th time in 16 matches South Carolina has won the doubles point.
“We obviously work a lot on doubles,” Gamecock head coach Kevin Epley said. “It’s just one of those things where we are turning the corner confidence wise. I still think we could play a lot better than we did today, quite frankly, but they’re growing into their skin and thinking of themselves as one of the better doubles teams out here. It’s been sort of a transition for them because they used to think of themselves as not being doubles players, but now they’re starting to realize they are and they’re going to expect to win going in to every match. Today, we made a goal to finish if we get leads, and I think we could have even been a little better, but overall, we finished the matches and I think that as a team, we’re starting to realize that we are one of the better doubles groups out there.”
Elixane Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna held a 6-4 advantage on court three versus Paulina Schippers and Jen Pfeifler and also were ahead 15-0 on the Tigers’ serve when played stopped.
The Gamecocks continued their tough play in singles and No. 102 Popova quickly put them ahead 2-0 with her 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Michala Kucharova on court two. With the win, Popova improved to 16-7 on the season and 10-4 in dual match play, both team highs. Not long afterward, Kanakova ended her winless drought in league matches with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Pfeifler at the No. 4 position. It would take some time, though, for South Carolina to pick up the clinching fourth point.
Less than three minutes after Kanakova put USC ahead 3-0, Kurteva held off Andersson 6-1, 6-4 on court six. The remaining matches on courts one, three and five were all in third sets once Kurteva gave Auburn what turned out to be its only point of the match.
No. 78 Alawi had fought back from a 6-1 loss to No. 51 Burgmans in the first set to win the second 6-4 and she held a 4-3 lead late in the third. At three, Lechemia also lost her first set to Flickinger 6-4, but she won the second 6-2 and raced ahead to a 4-2 advantage in the third. Siles Luna won 6-3 in the first set against Kasler at five, lost the second 6-2 and took a 2-0 lead to start the third.
Alawi and Burgmans continued to trade games back and forth until eventually reaching a tiebreaker. Lechemia, meanwhile, went ahead 5-2 and had two match points on Flickinger’s serve, but she was unable to close out the contest and it advanced to 5-3. Siles Luna continued to cruise on court five, pushing ahead 4-1 on Kasler.
Lechemia managed to hold serve in the ensuing game to pick up the 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Flickinger to lift the Gamecocks past the Tigers. In the process, it kept South Carolina’s perfect all-time record against Auburn in Columbia in tact, pushing it to 14-0. Lechemia improved to 5-3 on the season and 2-3 at No. 3 singles for SEC matches.
Rebel Women Top LSU 4-2
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team moved up to No. 36 this week in the national rankings, and Friday, they picked up their third straight win in the SEC, defeating LSU 4-2 at the Gillom Sports Center.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in the SEC. Sunday, they will host Arkansas at 1 p.m. Fans will receive two tickets to the mid-week baseball game against Arkansas State.
The match began with the Rebels taking the doubles point. LSU countered winning two of the top three matches to go ahead 2-1, but then the Rebels picked up singles wins from Julia Jones, Marija Milutinovic and the clincher from Erin Stephens.
“It was a big win today,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “I have to give a lot of credit to LSU, because they fought really hard. We got a little lucky in the last set [at four] to pull that out. They came in here and battled us hard and made it really uncomfortable for us. Some spots we responded and others we didn’t. In the end though, we got the four points.”
Stephens teamed up with Iris Verboven for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles against LSU’s Keri Frankenberger and Ebie Wilson. Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic clinched the point 8-5 at No. 1 doubles versus the Tiger duo of Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton.
LSU’s Ellie Taylor handed Rebel freshman Mai El Kamash a 6-3, 6-1 loss at No. 3 singles to even the overall score 1-1. Her teammate, Kaitlin Burns then finished off a 6-3, 6-2 win over Rohde-Moe at No. 1 singles to give the Tigers the 2-1 lead. However, that would it for the Tigers on the day.
Sophomore Julia Jones won her third match in a row at No. 2 singles fourth in a row overall, defeating Jeremiah 7-6(4), 6-4 to tie it once again. Jones improved to 5-2 in the SEC and 3-1 at No. 2 singles.
Milutinovic dominated Frankenberger 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to put the Rebels ahead 3-2 and then Stephens closed out Morton 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 to clinch the victory. Stephens moved to 5-1 in the SEC and has now won three straight.
“My adrenaline was really pumping there at the end, but my teammates helped me through it,” said Stephens on the last game to clinch it. “We’ve had tough losses, losing 4-3 to good teams. We set our goals, and now we have a gameplan.”
Aggies Win 12th Straight With 7-0 Victory at Missoui
COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 3 Texas A&M won its 12th consecutive match and remained undefeated in the Southeastern Conference with a 7-0 shutout at Missouri tonight at the Green Tennis Center indoor courts.
The match concluded a grueling SEC five-match road swing for the Aggies, who improve to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in SEC matches. Missouri falls to 7-7, 1-6.
“No question the SEC schedule and competition is not for the faint of heart,” A&M second-year head coach Howard Joffe said. “Playing indoors tonight in Missouri was a tough assignment, but I was delighted with the way the Aggies embraced the challenges and competed hard.”
A&M won both doubles matches to be completed to take a 1-0 lead. A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Nazari Urbina defeated Maria Christensen and Rachel Stuhlmann, 8-2, at the No. 2 line. Ninth-ranked Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory over Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Alex Clark at No. 1.
No. 3 doubles went unfinished with Aggie twins Ines and Paula Deheza leading Elisha Gabb and Madison Rhyner, 6-5, when the doubles point was decided.
Sanchez-Quintanar quickly gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead at the start of singles, defeating #114th-ranked Gaytan-Leach, 6-2, 6-2, at the top of the lineup. Ines Deheza won her match at No. 4 singles by the identical score in a victory over Elisha Gabb to put A&M ahead, 3-0.
Urbina gave the Aggies a 4-0 lead, clinching the winning point with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Christensen at No. 3 singles. Hristov kept the Tigers scoreless and put A&M ahead, 5-0, after defeating Rhyner, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 6 line.
Stancu then came out on top in a marathon match at No. 2, where the junior defeated Stuhlman, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (12), and Wen Sun completed the shutout with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6) victory over Clark at No. 5.
“In singles, Sanchez likely played the best, but everyone did a good job,” Joffe added. “I’m very excited and fortunate to be coaching this team.”