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Tennis Hosts Big 12 Leader Texas Tech on Friday

April 12, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M women's tennis team faces its third of four consecutive Top 25 opponents on Friday as the 20th-ranked Aggies play host to Big 12 leader and 22nd-ranked Texas Tech. First serve is at 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Texas A&M (13-3, 4-1 Big 12) will be looking to end a two-match losing skid after falling to No. 18 Notre Dame, 6-1, on Monday. Meanwhile, the Lady Raiders have won their last four matches and are atop the league standings with a 5-0 record. Most recently, Tech defeated No. 47 Oklahoma to improve to 15-3 overall. Two of Tech's wins are against teams that defeated A&M: Ole Miss and Baylor.

The Aggies, who have been ranked in the Top 25 for each of the last seven weeks, are led by junior Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, who is 15-1 overall and 5-0 in Big 12 matches. The highest ranked singles player in the league at No. 5, she will be looking to get back into the win column after having her 15-match winning streak snapped and suffering her first loss of the spring against Notre Dame on Monday. Sanchez-Quintanar, 28-5 overall, needs one victory to move into a tie for ninth in the A&M records for most wins in a season.

Juniors Nazari Urbina and Wen Sun are 4-1 at the Nos. 2 and 3 lines, respectively, in Big 12 play. Urbina is 13-3 overall, including 9-1 in her last 10 matches, and jumped from No. 101 to No. 84 in this week's rankings. Sun is ranked No. 78 and is 12-4 in dual matches, all at the No. 3 line. She has won eight of her last 10 matches.

Although A&M was swept in doubles for the first time this season in the loss to Notre Dame and dropped the doubles point for the first time since the season opener, the Aggies are a combined 35-12 at the three doubles lines. Urbina and Janelle Cuthbertson, who missed the Notre Dame match with an injury, are riding a 12-match winning streak and are 12-1 at the No. 2 line, including 5-0 in conference matches.

Seniors Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce are 12-3 at the No. 3 line, including 4-1 in Big 12 matches.

Texas Tech also is strong in doubles, having won the doubles point in all five Big 12 matches and in 14 of 18 matches overall. The duo of Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo is ranked No. 22 in the nation and sports a 14-4 record with an eight-match winning streak at the No. 1 line. Rashmi Teltumbde and Elizabeth Ullathorne are 12-3 overall and 5-0 in Big 12 matches at the No. 3 line after winning each of their last four matches.

Teltumbde is the only ranked singles player, coming in at No. 120. She is 9-5 at the No. 3 line and 12-6 overall. Nikki Sanders leads the team with a 15-1 mark in dual matches, including a 10-0 ledger at No. 6, where she is 4-0 in Big 12 matches. Kilgo is a team-best 24-7 in all matches.

A&M holds a dominating 33-1 lead in the all-time series against the Lady Raiders and has won the last 27 meetings. Tech's only win against the Aggies was in 1987.

The Aggies play their final home match of the regular season on Tuesday, April 17 as they play host to 13th-ranked Texas in a State Farm Lone Star Showdown. It will be "Senior Day," and Olivier and Santacroce will be honored before the match, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center. Tickets can be purchased at AggieAthletics.com.

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