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Aggies to Compete in USTA Collegiate Invitational

October 31, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three members of the Texas A&M women’s tennis team will compete at the USTA Collegiate Invitational presented by adidas this weekend in Beaverton, Ore.

Aggie sophomore Anna Mamalat and freshmen Jana McCord and Mason Strickland will join representatives from seven other universities at the three-day tournament, which begins Friday on the indoor courts at the Tualatan Hills Tennis Center.

Other teams participating are Duke, Michigan, Nebraska, Portland, Texas, UCLA and Utah. In addition, eight of the top USTA juniors will be competing, including Peggy Porter who was the Clay Court Invitational last week in Orlando, Fla.

Mamalat and McCord will compete together in the 16-team doubles draw and will open against Porter and Terri Fleming, Friday at 9 a.m. (PT). Strickland will join forces with Marianne Jodoin of Duke to take on No. 3 ranked Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas of Michigan also at 9 a.m.

Doubles quarterfinal matches will be played Friday at 3 p.m., and semifinals and the championship match will be contested Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Unlike the doubles bracket format, the unique singles setup with consist of eight pools with four players each – three collegiate players and one junior player. The winner of each pool will participate in the adidas Shootout, and the overall winner receives a wildcard entry into a USTA Pro Circuit event in 2014.

Strickland opens singles play against 24th-ranked Hanna Mar of Duke, Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PT). Others in her pool are Courtney Dolehide of UCLA and junior player Ena Shibahara.

McCord faces Porter at 1 p.m. Friday in her first match of pool play. Catherine Harrison of UCLA and Jodoin round out the pool.

Mamalat, No. 108 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, faces No. 62 Tereza Bekerova of Utah also at 1 p.m. Texas’ Elizabeth Begley, ranked 124th, and Riley McQuaid of the USTA also are in the pool.

Singles play continues Saturday with matches beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Action gets underway at 8 a.m. on Sunday, with the shootout scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m.

Alhtough Aggie teammates Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov conclude A&M’s fall season next week as they compete in the USTA ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., the USTA Collegiate Invitational is the final scheduled event for Mamalat, McCord and Strickland until January.

Follow @TennisTourny on Twitter for updates to the USTA Collegiate Invitational and go to the tournament website, for complete results.

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2013 USTA Collegiate Invitational Presented by adidas

(all times are Pacific)

Friday – November 1, 2013

9:00 a.m. – Doubles

Bolender-Bektas (Michigan) v. Strickland/Jodoin (Texas A&M/Duke)

Mamalat-McCord (Texas A&M) v. Fleming-Porter (USTA)

10:30 a.m. – Singles

H. Mar (Duke) v. M. Strickland (Texas A&M)

1:00 p.m. – Singles

J. McCord (Texas A&M) v. P. Porter (USTA)

A. Mamalat (Texas A&M) v. T. Bekerova (Utah)

3:00 p.m. – Doubles

Quarterfinals Main Draw & Consolation Draw

Saturday – November 2, 2013

9:00 a.m. – Doubles – ALL PARTICIPANTS

Semifinals Main Draw & Consolation Draw

TBD Based Upon Results from Friday, November 1, 2013

10:30 a.m. – Singles

Group E

J. McCord (Texas A&M) v. C. Harrison (UCLA)

P. Porter (USTA) v. M. Jodoin (Duke)


Group H

A. Mamalat (Texas A&M) v. R. McQuaid (USTA)

T. Bekerova (Utah) v. E. Begley (Texas)

1:00 p.m. – Singles

Group B

H. Mar (Duke) v. C. Dolehide (UCLA)

M. Strickland (Texas A&M) v. E. Shibahara (USTA)


3:00 p.m. – DOUBLES FINAL

Sunday – November 3, 2013

Singles (8 or 10 a.m.)

Group B

H. Mar (Duke) v. E. Shibahara (USTA)

C. Dolehide (UCLA) v. M. Strickland (Texas A&M)

Group E

J. McCord (Texas A&M) v. M. Jodoin (Duke)

C. Harrison (UCLA) v. P. Porter (USTA)

Group H

A. Mamalat (Texas A&M) v. E. Begley (Texas)

R. McQuaid (USTA) v. T. Bekerova (Utah)


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