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Aggies Advance to Face Texas in NCAA Second Round

May 09, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The ninth-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team defeated Stony Brook, 4-0, in the NCAA First Round after a lengthy rain delay at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station on Friday. The Aggies improve to 20-6 overall, marking the second-consecutive season to surpass the 20-wins plateau, while the Seawolves fall to 15-4 and suffer their first setback in the last 13 matches.

With the win, the Aggies have claimed 16-straight home matches, including an 11-0 mark in 2014 at the Mitchell Tennis Center. 

The maroon and white will play host to the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in the NCAA Second Round. First serve in the matchup between the former Big 12 rivals is slated for 3 p.m.

“There was really peculiar weather today,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “I think every forecast was incorrect so it did draw the day out. It was obvious to anyone that watched the match that we were better than Stony Brook. We equipped ourselves well. I was very pleased that our kids handled themselves well and am happy to get out of here with the win.”

Due to the rain, the singles matches were played first, and doubles action was not necessary after a 4-0 start by the Aggies. Rutuja Bhosale posted the first point for the Aggies with her 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nadia Smergut at the No. 4 line. The freshman built a three-game lead in the first set before dropping her first game, the only one she would drop in the contest.

The Aggies added a second point when 10th-ranked Cristina Stancu posted her 14th-straight victory at the No. 1 line with a 6-0, 6-2 rout of Polina Movchan. The All-American senior won the first nine games of the match before yielding a game.

The maroon and white widened the gap to 3-0 behind the racquet of 56th-ranked and second-team All SEC selection Saska Gavrilovska, who held off a late rally by Adey Osabuohien for the 6-1, 6-3 win on court three. The freshman led 5-1 in both sets and rebounded for a second-set win after dropping two-consecutive games despite serving for the match.

Sophomore Stefania Hristov secured the match win for the Aggies with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Cassandra Dix on court five. The sophomore claimed the first four games in both sets en-route to the win.

In the two unfinished courts, Anna Mamalat was serving for the match, up 6-1, 5-2, on court six and 84th-ranked Ines Deheza split sets 1-6, 6-1, 1-1, when the match was decided.

“Texas is a completely different kettle of fish, so to speak,” Joffe said. “They are stacked one through six. The match will have a different tempo. We’ll need to perform well if we want to win.”

The women’s tennis team will be in action again tomorrow as it takes on Texas for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can stay up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

#9 Texas A&M, 4, Stony Brook 0

May 9, 2014, College Station, Texas

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

Singles

No. 1 – #10 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. Polina Movchan (SBU) 6-0, 6-2

No. 2 – #84 Ines Deheza (A&M) vs. Jackie Altan Sarnai (SBU) 1-6, 6-1, 1-1 unfinished

No. 3 – #56 Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) def. Adey Osabuohien (SBU) 6-1, 6-3

No. 4 – Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) def. Nadia Smergut (SBU) 6-1, 6-0

No. 5 – Stefania Hristov (A&M) def. Cassandra Dix (SBU) 6-2, 6-1

No. 6 – Anna Mamalat (A&M) vs. Becky Shtilkind (SBU) 6-1, 5-2 unfinished 

Order of finish: Singles 4, 1, 3, 5

Team Records: Texas A&M 20-6; Stony Brook 15-4

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