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Urbina Leads A&M at USTA Collegiate Invitational

November 05, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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PORTLAND, Ore. -Nazari Urbina highlighted the Texas A&M women's tennis contingent at the USTA Collegiate Invitational presented by adidas last weekend, winning her singles pool to advance to the tournament's wildcard shootout.

Urbina went 3-0 in her pool, including an opening 6-4, 6-1 win over ninth-ranked Emina Bektas of Michigan. The victory equaled the highest ranked win of Urbina's career. She and the other seven pool winners advanced to the shootout, where Urbina fell in a close battle with Kyle McPhillips of UCLA, 11-9, in the quarterfinals.

Aggie senior Wen Sun tied for first in her pool after going 2-1, but despite having defeated UCLA's Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in pool play, the Bruin advanced to the wildcard shootout based on tiebreaker procedures.

A&M freshman Anna Mamalat went 0-3 in singles against a strong singles field, and she and Urbina went 1-1 in doubles.

"The tournament was a fabulous experience for our ladies," A&M coach Howard Joffe said. "They did a wonderful job competing and embracing the challenge of competing indoors. Nazari was able to go undefeated in her group with a win over Bektas, which speaks to the great strides she has made since her layoff this past summer. They also got to participate in a community tennis clinic with young children that was presented by adidas, our sponsor."

The tournament concluded the fall season for the three Aggies. Three other teammates, senior Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, junior Cristina Stancu and freshman Stefania Hristov, wrap up their fall campaign this weekend as they compete in the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 8-11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Sanchez-Quintanar qualified in singles by winning the ITA Texas Regional, and Stancu and Hristov earned an automatic berth by winning the ITA Texas Regional doubles title.

For complete results from the 2012 USTA Collegiate Invitational presented by adidas, visit the official tournament website: www.collegiateinvite.com

Texas A&M Results:

Friday, November 2

Group C -- Singles

#38 Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M) defeated #9 Emina Bektas (Michigan), 6-4, 7-5

Group E -- Singles

Catherine Harrison (UCLA) defeated Anna Mamalat (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-2

Group G -- Singles

#46 Wen Sun (Texas A&M) defeated #86 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles

Elianne Miron-Grace Ysidora (Washington) defeated Nazari Urbina-Anna Mamalat (Texas A&M), 8-4

Consolation Doubles

Dasha Ivanova-Kimberly Yee (USTA) defeated Mamalat-Urbina (Texas A&M), 8-4

Saturday, November 3

Group C -- Singles

#38 Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M) defeated Jessica Ho (USTA), 5-0 (ret. Inj.)

Group E -- Singles

#58 Brooke Bolender (Michigan) defeated Anna Mamalat (Texas A&M), 6-0, 6-4

Group G -- Singles

#46 Wen Sun (Texas A&M) defeated Elianne Miron (Washington), 6-1, 6-3

Doubles Back Draw

Mamalat-Urbina (Texas A&M) defeated Milagros Cubelli-Tori Troesch (Portland), 8-3

Sunday, November 4

Group C-- Singles

#38 Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M) defeated Julija Lukac (Washington), 6-4, 6-1

Group G-- Singles

Gabby Andrews (USTA) defeated #46 Wen Sun (Texas A&M), 1-6, 6-1, 7-5

Group E-- Singles

Dasha Ivanova (USTA) defeated Anna Mamalat (Texas A&M), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2

USTA WILDCARD SHOOT-OUT

Quarterfinals -- Singles

Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) defeated #38 Nazari Urbina (Texas A&M), 11-9

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