ATHENS, Ga. - Texas A&M's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship after falling to Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine, 6-4, 6-2, this afternoon at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
"The Pepperdine kids are a very good team and they played awfully well today," A&M first-year head coach Howard Joffe said. "I don't know that we played poorly. I don't know that we were allowed to play well. I think our kids got flustered a little bit in the first set by how well the opposition was playing. At the same time, I don't want that to detract from the fact that the Pepperdine team is extremely good."
Pepperdine posted the only service break in the first set, putting the Wave ahead 4-3. A&M was unable to break back, and Pepperdine held to take the opener, 6-4.
Pepperdine then jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, and the Aggies were unable to overcome the deficit as the Wave went on to win, 6-2.
It was the 15th consecutive victory for the 32nd-ranked Pepperdine duo, which received the West Coast Conference's automatic bid. They improve to 23-5 and will face the winner between UCLA's sixth-ranked Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton and Georgia Tech's 23rd-ranked pair of Alex Anghelescu and Jillian O'Neill in the round of 16.
The Aggie juniors, who entered the tournament listed a season-high No. 29 in the national doubles rankings, end the season 23-10.
"Cris and Sunny acquitted themselves just great throughout the season," Joffe said. "It is a great honor to make this tournament, and there are some very fine teams and players in it. They continued to be a better team. They improved a lot and will return next year as a highly ranked team to start the 2012-13 season. I'm very, very proud of them."
Sanchez-Quintanar is still alive in the singles competition after the No. 6 seed defeated No. 31-ranked Joelle Kissell of North Carolina State, 6-2, 6-0 in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship earlier today. The Spaniard will take on a familiar opponent in the round of 16 on Friday, as she is pitted against Big 12 Conference foe and 29th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State. The match time will be determined later today.
Sanchez-Quintanar, the 2012 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, is 3-0 overall against Niedermayerova, the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year who advanced with a second-round 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory against another Big 12 opponent, No. 9-16 seed Diana Nakic of Baylor.
Sanchez-Quintanar defeated Niedermayerova, 7-6 (2), 6-1, during the regular season and 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship. Sanchez-Quintanar also played Niedermayerova once in the fall, defeating the Wildcat, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, in the consolation quarterfinals at the ITA National Indoor Championships.