Stancu, the No. 2 seed in the singles competition, capped the tournament with her sixth consecutive victory, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 16 seed Kiah Generette of Baylor in the championship match. It marks the second regional championship title for the senior, who won the 2011 Atlantic Regional as a sophomore at Maryland. It also is the second consecutive year an A&M player has won the Texas Regional singles title, won last year by Aggie All-American Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar.
"Stancu is clearly playing as well as anyone in the country, and winning the regional adds to her impressive string of results,” Texas A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “I'm not sure today was Tina's very best tennis, but she was characteristically ferocious and competitive."
Stancu and Hristov, both from Romania, were the No. 1 seed in the doubles tournament and also were the Texas Regional reigning champion as Texas A&M swept both the singles and doubles titles for the first time in school history last year. The Aggie duo, No. 8 in the 2013 ITA preseason doubles rankings and looking to earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York next month, had won four consecutive matches to reach this morning’s finals, where they went up against Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn of Texas. Stancu and Hristov, however, were unable to claim their second consecutive regional title, falling to the Texas tandem, 8-3.
“Our doubles wasn't up to par today, and I will say the Longhorns played rather well,” Joffe said.
Each of the regional winners across the country earn an automatic invitation to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y. Stancu had already earned a berth in singles at the national indoor championships after reaching the semifinals at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships earlier this month in California.
A&M had eight players, including three freshmen and two three sophomores, competing in the five-day tournament that featured some of the top players from across the state. The Aggies went a combined 18-8 in singles and 8-4 in doubles play.
"The performances overall were very encouraging with the freshmen Rutuja Bhosale, Jana McCord and Saska Gavrilovska all getting quality singles wins,” Joffe said. “Anna Mamalat beat the No. 1 seed and 10th-ranked player in nation, and Hristov performed well, too.
"Our group needs to continue to work hard in the classroom and on court, and I feel like we will have a formidable team when the season starts."
Later this week, Stancu, Hristov and twins Ines and Paula Deheza head to Orlando, Fla., to compete at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney, Oct. 24-27.
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Day 5 Texas A&M Singles Schedule (Monday, Oct. 21)
F Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Kiah Generette (BU), 6-2, 6-1
Day 4 Texas A&M Singles Results (Sunday, Oct. 20)
SF Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Simona Parajova (TCU), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Day 3 Texas A&M Singles Results (Saturday, Oct. 19)
QF Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Jordaan Sanford (Baylor), 6-3, 6-3
QF Kiah Generette (Baylor) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
Day 2 Texas A&M Singles Results (Friday, Oct. 18)
R16 Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Breaunna Addison (Texas), 7-5, 6-1
R16 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Nikki Sanders (TTU), 6-0, 6-0
R16 Victoria Kisialeva (Baylor) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-1
R32 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Paula Deheza (TAMU), 6-1, 6-0
R32 Kiah Generette (BU) def. Jana McCord (TAMU), 6-2, 6-2
R32 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Kim Anicete Rice), 6-0, 6-0
R32 Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Jacobea Junger (UTSA), 6-0, 6-7, 6-2
R32 Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Ratnika Batra (Texas), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
R32 Natalie Beazant (Rice) def. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU), 6-3, 6-0
Day 1 Texas A&M Singles Results (Thursday, Oct. 17)
R64 Jana McCord (TAMU) def. Kaysie Hersdorf (ACU) 6-3, 7-6
R64 Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Nada Marjanovic (ACU), 6-0, 6-2
R64 Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Sam Czarnika (TTU), 6-4, 6-1
R64 Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Liat Zimmermann (Rice), 6-3, 6-2
R64 Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. Mason Strickland (TAMU), 6-1, 6-1
R64 Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Macie Elliott (SMU), 6-0, 6-1
R64 Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) vs. Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), walkover (inj)
R64 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Carolina Maso (LU), 6-0, 6-0
R128 Jana McCord (TAMU) def. Pippa Horn (Texas), 7-5, 6-2
R128 Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Didi Fatchikova (UTPA), 6-2, 6-1
R128 Mason Strickland (TAMU) def. Sarah Savedra (UIW), 6-1, 6-1
R128 Rutaja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Micah Hermsdorf (ACU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
R128 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Angeles De Los Rios (UTA), 6-3, 6-2
Day 5 Texas A&M Doubles Schedule (Monday, Oct. 21)
F Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn (UT) def. Hristov/Stancu (TAMU), 8-3
Day 4 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Sunday, Oct. 20)
SF Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Victoria Kisialeva/Blair Shankle (BU), 8-4
CSF Angeles De Los Rios/Astrid Gehre (UTA) def. Deheza-TAMU/Strickland (TAMU), Wo (inj)
Day 3 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Saturday, Oct. 19)
QF Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TTU), 8-3
CQF Deheza/Strickland (TAMU) def. Daniela Garcia/Jacobea Junger (UTSA), 8-3
Day 2 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Friday, Oct. 18)
R16 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Kiah Generette/Jordaan Sanford (BU), 8-4
R16 Sam Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU), 8-4
C32 Paula Deheza/Mason Strickland (TAMU) def. Andi Botha/Ivana Katavic (UIW), 7-6
Day 1 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Thursday, Oct. 17)
R32 (#8) Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Jane Stewart/Solo Zinko (Rice), 8-1
R32 Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann (Rice) def. Gavrilovska/McCord (TAMU), 8-1
R32 Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU) def. Imke Jagau/Kayla Stevenson (SHSU), 8-2
R64 Anna Kate Anderson/Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Deheza/Strickland (TAMU), 8-7
R64 Gavrilovska/McCord (TAMU) def. Bella Costa/Natalie Petaia (SHSU), 8-5
Texas A&M Seeded Players:
No. 2 Cristina Stancu
No. 9 Anna Mamalat
No. 17 Rutaja Bhosale
No. 1 Stefania Hristov/ Cristina Stancu
No. 9 Anna Mamalat/Rutaja Bhosale