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Joffe Earns 50th Win as A&M Cruises by Sam Houston State

February 16, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 11th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team posted a 7-0 victory over Sam Houston State on Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, giving head coach Howard Joffe his 50th victory in the Maroon and White. The Aggies improve to 5-2 on the season while the Bearkats fall to 3-1.

“We’re a team that has very fine recruits so the outcome is not that surprising, but in terms of the substance of the match, I was pleased with the way our kids handled themselves,” Joffe said. “They were focused. It was a good match for us for sure.”

The Aggies got off to an extremely hot start on all doubles courts, dropping a combined two games in the three matches. The 18th-ranked duo of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu had no problem dispatching Olivia Battye and Natalie Petaia, 8-0, at the No. 1 line. It was a race to the finish on courts two and three as to who would claim the second victory for A&M. Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat downed Karen Martinez and Isabella Costa, 8-0, at the No. 3 line to secure the doubles point. The match between Ines Deheza/Saska Gavrilovska and Imke Jagau/Kayla Stevnson remained unfinished with A&M leading 7-2.

A&M wasted no time in expanding the lead in singles, losing a combined nine games in the first two sets on all six courts. Gavrilovska, the 47th-ranked player nationally, had no problem with Stevenson at the No. 1 line, 6-0, 6-1. The freshman was up 3-0 in her second set before losing her first game. Hristov defeated Jagau, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 4 line to stake the Aggies a 3-0 lead before No. 103 Mamalat posted a victory in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, to secure the A&M win.

Mason Strickland and Bhosale, both freshmen, earned victories on the afternoon. Strickland, making her spring season debut, earned her first victory in the Maroon and White after besting Costa, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 6 line while Bhosale posted her second win on the spring by defeating Martinez, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 5 slot.

“Probably the most exciting thing for us today was Mason Strickland earning her first victory for A&M,” Joffe said on the freshmen. “She’s really outworked our entire team in the weight room and practices. I thought she performed great in her first match. It’s nice to see her get the win.”

A&M completed the sweep when Deheza topped Stevenson, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 2 line.

The women’s tennis team will be in action again on Thursday, Feb. 20, as it welcomes former Big 12 foe, Baylor to the Mitchell Center for a 4 p.m. matchup. To learn more about the women’s tennis team, visit and follow @AggieWTEN on Twitter.

No. 11 Texas A&M def. Sam Houston State, 7-0

A&M (5-2); SHSU (3-1)


No. 1 – No. 47 Saska Gavrilovska, A&M def. Olivia Battye, SHSU 6-0, 6-1

No. 2 – Ines Deheza, A&M def. Kayla Stevenson, SHSU 6-1, 6-2

*No. 3 – No. 103 Anna Mamalat, A&M def. Maddie Mortimore, SHSU 6-0, 6-0

No. 4 – Stefania Hristov, A&M def. Imke Jagau, SHSU 6-2, 6-1

No. 5 – Rutuja Bhosale, A&M def. Karen Martinez, SHSU 6-0, 6-1

No. 6 – Mason Strickland, A&M def. Isabella Costa, SHSU 6-0, 6-1

Doubles (A&M wins the doubles point)

No. 1 – No. 18 Hristov/Stancu, A&M def. Petaia/Battye, SHSU 8-0

No. 2 – Deheza/Gavrilovska, A&M vs. Jagau/Stevenson, SHSU 7-2 (unfinished)

No. 3 – Bhosale/Mamalat, A&M def. Costa/Martinez, SHSU 8-0

Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3; Singles 1, 4, 3, 6, 5, 2

*clinched the match

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