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Women's Tennis Team Makes Home Debut Friday

February 23, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After opening the season with five consecutive matches on the road, the Texas A&M women's tennis team and first-year head coach Howard Joffe finally make their 2012 home season debut Friday as the Aggies take on Rice. First serve against the Owls is at 1:30 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The match against Rice will be the first of a doubleheader at the Mitchell Tennis Center on Friday, as the Aggie men's team takes on TCU at 6 p.m. One ticket is good for both matches.

The Aggie women are 4-1 and enter the match against the Owls riding a four-match winning streak, having won every match since dropping the season opener to now-24th-ranked Ole Miss. No. 28 A&M is coming off its biggest win of the season after defeating then-No. 27 Washington in Seattle on Sunday. Despite playing their first indoor match of the season, the Aggies swept the doubles point for the third consecutive match and later built a 4-1 lead to secure the win.

Joffe briefly alluded to coaching his first match at Texas A&M following the Aggies' win at Washington, saying, "I've had taste of the (home crowd) at the men's doubleheader, but it is a little nerve-racking and exciting at the same time to be getting to do my first match as the coach at A&M. I am looking forward to it."

The Owls are 6-2 but have dropped their last two matches after opening the season 6-0. Most recently, Rice fell to No. 21 Alabama, 6-1, Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Fourteenth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar leads the Aggies with a perfect 5-0 mark in dual singles matches. Most recently the junior from Spain knocked off 18th-ranked Husky All-American Denise Dy in straight sets at the No. 1 line.

Sanchez-Quintanar will likely put her undefeated record on the line against another unbeaten on Friday, Rice's Natalie Beazant. The freshman is 8-0 and earned her second consecutive Conference-USA player of the week honor after defeating Alabama's 15th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane, 7-5, 6-0. Although currently unranked in singles, Beazant is No. 47 in doubles with partner Dominique Harmath.

The Aggies have won the last eight meetings and are 25-8 in the all-time series against Rice, a former Southwest Conference opponent. A&M defeated the Owls, 7-0, last year at the Mitchell Tennis Center. Rice's most recent victory over the Aggies was in 2000.

Season tickets and individual tickets to home matches can be purchased in advance online at AggieAthletics.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Tickets also can be purchased at the entrance to the tennis center begin one hour before the start of the match.

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