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A&M Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Regular Season

April 20, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M women's tennis team wraps up the regular season this weekend with a pair of matches in Oklahoma. The 24th-ranked Aggies face No. 51 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Stillwater and then take on the 46th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday at noon in Norman.

A&M is 14-4 overall and tied with Baylor for third place in the Big 12 Conference with a 5-2 league mark after defeating No. 6 Texas, 4-3, on Tuesday. The win against the Longhorns, who entered the match undefeated in conference play, marked the Aggies' highest ranked victory since 2004 and ended a three-match losing skid, as well as a nine-match losing skid against their biggest rival.

Oklahoma State (10-7, 4-3 Big 12) and Oklahoma (10-10, 4-3 Big 12) enter the weekend locked in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings. In addition to A&M, both teams will face Texas this weekend to close out the regular season.

A&M is led by Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, the highest nationally ranked singles player in the Big 12 at No. 8. The junior leads the conference with a 7-0 record in league matches only - all at the No. 1 line. Sanchez-Quintanar is 17-1 in dual matches and 30-5 overall, tying for seventh place in the A&M records for most wins in a season. She needs one more win to move into a tie for fifth place, and two victories will place her into a tie for fourth in the school annals.

Juniors Nazari Urbina and Wen Sun are 6-1 at the Nos. 2 and 3 lines, respectively, in Big 12 play. Urbina, ranked No. 80 in singles, is 15-3 in dual matches, including 13-1 in her last 14 outings.

Sun is ranked 83rd and is 14-4 in dual matches. She has won 11 of her last 13 matches.

The Aggies have won the doubles point in all but three matches and are a combined 38-15 at the three doubles lines. The senior tandem of Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce leads the team in wins in dual matches with a 13-4 record at the No. 3 line. They are 5-2 in conference matches.

Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun emerged into the national doubles rankings for the first time this season, coming in at No. 50 this week. They are 12-6, including 5-2 in conference play, at the No. 1 line after clinching the crucial doubles point in the victory over the Longhorns with a convincing 8-3 win over Krista Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach.

Urbina and Janelle Cuthbertson, who missed the last three matches 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. Cuthbertson, who also typically plays No. 5 singles for the Aggies, is listed as day-to-day. With Cuthbertson out of the lineup, the Aggies are 1-2, going 0-3 at the No. 2 doubles position and having dropped the doubles point in both team losses.

OSU is coming off a 4-3 loss to rival Oklahoma on April 10. The Cowgirls notched wins at the top two lines to take the doubles point, but OU won four of six singles matches to claim the Bedlam victory.

Since posting a four-match wining streak midway through the season, OSU has now lost three of its last four contests.

A&M is 18-9 in the all-time series against OSU and has won the last 10 meetings. The Cowgirls' last win against the Aggies was in the finals of the 2003 Big 12 Championship.

A&M is 20-5 in the series against the Sooners. OU snapped a 15-match losing skid against the Aggies last year with a 4-3 victory in College Station.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Aggies will host the men's and women's Big 12 Tennis Championships, April 26-29, at the Mitchell Tennis Center. Tickets for the Big 12 Championships can be purchased in advance online at or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE.

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