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Aggies Welcome Commodores for Top-10 Clash

March 08, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 10th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team welcomes seventh-ranked Vanderbilt to the George P. Mitchell Center in College Station on Sunday for a matchup of top-ten squads. The Aggies (8-3, 2-1 SEC) are 5-0 at home this season while the Commodores (10-3, 3-0) are unbeaten in conference play. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free tennis key strap.

Free live video and scoring for the event can be found at http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27300&ATCLID=205363580

Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 7-1, including a 3-0 mark in matches played in College Station. Last year in Nashville, then-No. 4 A&M secured a crucial 4-3 victory over the 11th-ranked Commodores, as the Aggies posted their first victory in the series which began in 1996.

The Maroon and White have claimed the doubles point in six-of-ten matches this season (the doubles point against Florida was not played as the match was decided in singles). The tandem of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu lead the team in wins with a 6-2 record with all decisions coming from the top doubles lineup. The pairs of Ines Dheza and Saska Gavrilovska (3-0) as well as Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat (2-0) look to remain perfect at the No. 2 and 3 lines, respectively. Both duos are 2-0 this spring.

In singles, Gavrilovska and Hristov lead the team in wins. Gavrilovska, the No. 57 ranked player by the ITA, is 7-3 overall and 4-1 from the No. 3 line. Hristov has posted a 7-2 mark, going 2-1 from the No. 4 line. Stancu, who clinched the match for the Aggies on Friday, improved to 6-3 overall with all decisions coming at the No. 1 line. The Aggies lone senior is also the highest ranked individual on the squad at No. 15.

For the Commodores, Georgina Sellyn enters the contest as the highest ranked individual at No. 60, going 6-6 overall and 2-1 in SEC play. Courtney Colton (No. 81) and Sydney Campbell (No. 107) also appear in the ITA singles poll. The top two doubles tandems for Vanderbilt boast a combined 7-0 record at the No. 1 & 2 lines. The duo of Lauren Mira and Colton are ranked 36th after posting a 4-0 record this spring while the tandem of Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares enter at No. 50 with a 3-0 mark.

The Texas A&M women’s tennis team returns to action on Friday when it welcomes Arkansas to the Mitchell Center for a match at 5 p.m. To learn more about the women’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWTEN on Twitter.

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