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Texas A&M Defeats Mississippi State, 4-1, in Season Opener

January 25, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 7 Texas A&M women’s tennis team opened its 2014 dual season with a 4-1 victory over Mississippi State in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Classic at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

With the win, the Aggies advance to take on DePaul (1-0), Sunday at 2 p.m. in the championship match, with the winner earning a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 7-10, in Charlottesville, Va.

Aggie freshman Rutuja Bhosale and sophomore Ines Deheza gave A&M the early edge in doubles, jumping out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory over the Bulldogs’ Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran at the No. 2 line. A&M then clinched the point as the 22nd-ranked Romanian duo of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu overcame an early 3-1 deficit to defeat Timea Guiba and Alexandra Perper, 7-5, at No. 1 doubles.

A&M freshman Saska Gavrilovska and sophomore Anna Mamalat were on serve at 5-4 against Rosalinda Calderon and Roseline Dion at No. 3 when the doubles point was clinched and the match was stopped.

Hristov quickly gave A&M a 2-0 lead after the start of singles, winning 10 consecutive games to close out a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Calderone at the No. 5 line.

Stancu, the lone senior on the Aggie squad, began her match by winning the first 10 games against Romanian countrywoman and 84th-ranked Patrasc at the No. 1 line. Stancu went on to defeat Patrasc, 6-0, 6-2, to put A&M ahead, 3-0.

Dion put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard and avoided the shutout with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Bhosale at the No. 5 court before Gavrilovska clinched the winning point for A&M, defeating Guiba, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 3.

The remaining two matches were tightly contested but were stopped once A&M clinched the team victory. Perper was at match point, 6-4, 5-4, against Mamalat at No. 2 and Tran held a 4-2 lead in the third-set tiebreaker against Deheza at the No. 4 court, but the matches went unfinished. Deheza had won the first set, 6-1, and Tran had won the second set, 6-3.

Mississippi State falls to 1-1 and will take on No. 68 San Jose State in the consolation match Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Texas A&M head Coach Howard Joffe quotes:

On his thoughts of his team’s doubles performance:
“I think anyone watching might have said we didn’t look as sharp today. I certainly don’t think it’s the best tennis we were capable of, and yet in the context of these new rules and it being our first match -- half of the starters in doubles are freshmen -- I thought they did an unbelievable job of maintaining the new dynamic. It’s definitely a sprint to six. I was very pleased with the way we handled ourselves in doubles. I’m very certain that with the passage of time, the quality of tennis will get better.”

On his thoughts of the singles matches:
“First and foremost, I’m thrilled that we got the win. We are a team that is super, super young and, for lack of a better word, immature. All of these matches are going to be very difficult, yet we are also very talented. At one or two spots, we struggled as of a function of just freshmen, but that’s part of getting blotted in the college matches and getting a sense for it. I thought Stancu did a fantastic job. The young lady she played is a very fine player and Stancu was phenomenal and obviously beat her easily, and we were able to get closer to the four points as a function of that.

“One real bright spot was (Saska) Gavrilovska, who clinched the match for us. It was her first match as a freshman, playing in the No. 3 spot. She showed some real toughness in fending off the rally from the French girl in the first set and then ran away with the match. Overall, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. We need these matches. It’s much better if we win them. With the passage of time, hopefully our tennis will get better and the talent will shine through.”

On the certainty of the lineup:
“This is certainly a team where the lineup will be, in contrast to last year when we had a lot of seniors and it was a much more stable lineup…our folks know and understand that all sports are performance based. We have lots of talent. Our lineup is a work in progress, and we’ll see how each person performs. And as we get more matches, hopefully by the end of February we will have a lineup that reflects our one through six in terms of strength.”

No. 7 Texas A&M 4, Mississippi State 1
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
January 25, 2014

Singles
1.     #14 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. #84 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU), 6-0, 6-2
2.     Anna Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 4-6, 4-5 (unfinished)
3.     Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Timea Guibe (MSU), 6-3, 6-0
4.     Ines Deheza (TAMU) vs. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-1, 3-6, unfinished
5.     Roseline Dion (MSU) def. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU), 6-1, 6-2
6.     Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Rosalinda Calderon (MSU), 6-2, 6-0

Doubles (Texas A&M wins the point)
1.     #22 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Guibe/Perper (MSU), 7-5
2.     #51 Bhosale/I. Deheza (TAMU) def. Patrasc/Tran (MSU), 6-3
3.     Gavrilovska/Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Dion/Calderon (MSU), 5-4 (unfinished)

Order of finish
Doubles:  2, 1
Singles: 6, 1, 5, 3

Team records
Texas A&M: 1-0
Mississippi State: 1-1

DePaul 4, No. 68 San Jose State 1
ITA Kick-Off Weekend (First Round)
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
January 25, 2014

Singles
1.     Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) vs. Patricia Fargas (DPU), 4-6, 2-3 (unfinished)
2.     Marie Klocker (SJSU) def. #52 Ana Vladutu (DPU), 6-1, 6-4
3.     Gaelle Rey (SJSU) vs. Jasmin Kling (DPU), 6-3, 4-2 (unfinished)
4.     Kelsey Lawson (DPU) def. Julianna Bacelar (SJSU), 6-1, 6-0
5.     Zaina Sufi (DPU) def. Jessica Willett (SJSU), 6-1, 6-1
6.     Rebeca Mitrea (DPU) def. Justine Deleval (SJSU), 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (3)

Doubles (DePaul wins the point)
1.     Chao/Klocker (SJSU) vs. Kling/Lawson (DPU), 4-3 (unfinished)
2.     Fargas/Vladutu (DPU) def. Rey/Willett (SJSU), 6-1
3.     Mitrea/Sufi (DPU) def. Bacelar/Deleval (SJSU), 6-2

Order of finish
Doubles:  3, 2
Singles: 5, 4, 2, 6

Team records
SJSU: 2-2
DePaul: 1-0

Sunday Schedule
10 a.m.            Consolation Match: No. 68 San Jose State vs. Mississippi State
2 p.m.              Championship Match: ­­­­No. 7 Texas A&M vs. DePaul

Live scoring and video of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend matches at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, is available at AggieAthletics.com

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