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Aggie Women Host Mississippi State on Senior Day

April 12, 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 closes out its regular season and aims to wrap up a perfect home slate on Sunday as the Aggies play host to Mississippi State. First serve is at 12 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, where the Aggies are 10-0. Free breakfast tacos will be given to the first 100 fans to the match.

A&M’s lone senior, Cristina Stancu, will be honored following the match against the Bulldogs.

The Aggies (16-5, 9-3 SEC) had a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against No. 29 Ole Miss on Friday. With one match remaining, A&M is in fifth place in the Southeastern Conference standings, one game out of a three-way tie between Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt, for second place. The Aggies are three games ahead of Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee, all tied for sixth place.

Mississippi State slipped to 9-13 overall and 1-11 in SEC matches and suffered its eighth consecutive match after falling at Missouri, 4-2, on Friday. It was the Tigers’ first SEC win as they moved into a tie for 13th with the Bulldogs.

The Aggies have been ranked in the top 10 every week this spring as they remained No. 10 in this week’s national team rankings. Stancu is No. 8 in the nation in singles and riding an 11-match win streak, both career highs.  The Romanian improved to 8-0 in SEC singles matches and is 29-7 overall with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Caroline Rohde-Moe of Ole Miss on Friday.

Freshman Saska Gavrilovska and sophomore Anna Mamalat also are listed in the ITA singles rankings at Nos. 65 and 118, respectively.

Stancu is also the team leader in doubles, as she and partner Stefania Hristov are No. 23 with a 21-8 overall record, including 6-1 in SEC matches.

At No. 66, Georgiana Patrasc is Mississippi State’s only ranked singles player. In doubles, Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran are No. 56.

A&M is 3-0 in the all-time series against Mississippi State, including 2-0 in matches played in College Station. The teams met in the 2014 season opener on Jan. 25 in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Mitchell Tennis Center. A&M defeated the Bulldogs, 4-1, in the non-conference match-up.

The 2014 SEC tennis championship tournament, hosted by Missouri, begins Wednesday, April 16 in Columbia, Mo., with the championship match scheduled for Sunday, April 20.

The bracket for the 64-team NCAA Championship will be announced Tuesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com.

Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

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