A&M, under the direction of first-year head coach Howard Joffe, improved to 5-1 after defeating No. 68 Rice, 5-2, in the Aggies' home debut Friday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis center. The Aggies, whose only loss was in the season opener against now 24th-ranked Ole Miss, continued their streak of strong starts against the Owls, securing the doubles point for the fifth straight match. The senior duo of Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce improved to a perfect 5-0 after clinching the point with a win at the No. 3 line.
Fourteenth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar got a come-from-behind win against the Owls to improve to 6-0 in singles, including 4-0 at the No. 1 line where the Aggies are 5-1 overall. Nazari Urbina picked up a straight-set win at the No. 2 line, where the Aggies also are 5-1 overall. Wen Sun, ranked No. 86 in singles, posted a win at the No. 3 line, and Olivier, playing in only her third singles match of the dual season, recorded the Aggies' match-winning point with a straight-set win at No. 6 singles.
TCU is 4-2 on the season, including 3-1 in home matches. The Frogs have been out of action since knocking off No. 32 Oklahoma, 4-3, in Norman, Okla., on Feb. 19. The win snapped a two-match losing skid.
The Frogs' Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith are ranked No. 46 in doubles, but Nichols did not play against the Sooners.
A&M is 18-16 in the all-time series against TCU and has won the last two meetings. The former Southwest Conference rivals met last year in College Station with A&M winning, 6-1. TCU's most recent victory over the Aggies was in 2009.
Following the TCU match, the Aggies return to the Mitchell Tennis Center to begin a four-match home stand, beginning Thursday, March 1 against BYU. A&M will also host South Florida (Friday, March 2), William & Mary (Tuesday, March 6) and No 11 Michigan (Friday, March 9) before opening Big 12 Conference play at Missouri on March 16.
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.