COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Four members of the Texas A&M women’s tennis team will compete in the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational beginning Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Senior Cristina Stancu, the singles champion at the ITA Texas Regional last weekend in Fort Worth, and sophomore Stefania Hristov, the Texas Regional doubles runner-up with Stancu, will represent Texas A&M, as will Aggie sophomore twins Ines and Paula Deheza.
Paula Deheza will be A&M’s first player to take the court in the four-day event as she opens singles play against Courtney Griffith of Central Florida Thursday at 9 a.m. (CT) in the 64-player first round.
Stancu, the No. 3 seed in singles, Hristov, a No. 9-16 seed, and Ines Deheza all received first-round byes. Ines begins second-round action at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, with Stancu and Hristov scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.
Stancu and Hristov are the No. 1 seed in the 32-team doubles draw and received a first-round bye. The Dehezas, paired together for the first time this season, play at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday against Sofia Kenin and Mia Horvit representing the USTA.
The tournament field features players from Auburn, Central Florida Duke, Florida, host Florida State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Vanderbilt, as well as top high school players representing the USTA.
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Texas A&M schedule (all times are Central):
Thursday, Oct. 24
Singles -- Round of 64
Paula Deheza (TAMU) vs. Courtney Griffith (UCF), 9 a.m.
(3) Cristina Stancu (TAMU), bye
(9-16) Stefania Hristov (TAMU), bye
Ines Deheza (TAMU), bye
Singles -- Round of 32
Ines Deheza (TAMU) vs. Raveena Kingsley (USTA)/Maria Alvarez (OSU), winner, 10:30 a.m.
(3) Cristina Stancu (TAMU) vs. Michala Kucharova (AUB)/Mary Haffey (USTA) winner, 11 a.m.
(9-16) Stefania Hristov vs. Laurence Porry (FSU)/Natasha Smith (UNM) winner, 11:30 a.m.
Paula Deheza (TAMU)/Courtney Griffith (UCF) winner vs. (2) Daneika Borthwick (FSU), 12 p.m.
Doubles – Round of 32 (Thursday, Oct. 24)
Ines Deheza/Paula Deheza (TAMU) vs. Sofia Kenin/Mia Horvit (USTA), 2:30 p.m.