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Texas A&M Advances With 4-0 Victory Against Missouri

April 17, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eighth-ranked and No. 5 seed Texas A&M has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament with a 4-0 victory against 13th-seeded Missouri tonight at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

The Aggies (18-5) will face fourth-ranked Florida (18-4) on Friday at 5 p.m. The Gators, the No.4 seed in the 14-team tournament field, received a first-round bye. A&M enters the quarterfinals riding a four-match win streak and having won five of its last six matches.

"Tonight the Aggies showed a good amount of metal and resolve,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said. “Our ladies held off a motivated home team and have earned a rematch with the Gators. Aside from some nicks and scrapes, I expect our group to be excited and motivated to play the fourth-ranked team in the nation."

Tonight’s win marked A&M’s 13th consecutive victory in the all-time series against Missouri. The Tigers, who picked up their first-ever SEC tournament win on Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over No. 12 seed Arkansas, end their season 9-20.

A&M dominated on two of the three doubles courts to take the early 1-0 lead. The Aggie tandem of Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat made quick work at the No.3 doubles line, winning the first seven games en route to an 8-1 victory over Kelli Hine and Cassidy Spearman. With Ines Deheza back in the doubles lineup for the first time since March 30, the tandem was able to move back to the No. 3 line, where they improved to 7-0.

Deheza, who has been hampered by a knee injury, and partner Saska Gavrilovska jumped out to a 6-2 lead against Alex Clark and Madison Rhyner at the No. 2 line and went on to clinch the doubles point with an 8-3 victory. With the win, the Aggie pair improved to 8-1 in dual matches, all at the No. 2 position.

At the No. 1 line, A&M’s 16th-ranked duo of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu entered the match riding a three-match win streak but found themselves trailing Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann, 6-3, after dropping three consecutive games. The Aggies then began to rally, winning the next three games to even the match at 6-6. The contest, however, would go unfinished as the doubles point was determined before the match was completed.

A&M won the first set on four of six courts to begin singles. Mamalat broke away from a 4-4 first-set tie against Clark at the No. 5 line, winning the next two games to close out the set. Mamalat then raced to 6-0 victory in the second set to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.

Gavrilovska followed a similar pattern as she shortly thereafter closed out her match at the No. 2 line. The freshman fell behind, 3-0, to Hine in the opening set but quickly got back on serve at 3-3. The set remained on serve at 4-4 before Gavrilovska won the next two games to take the set, 6-4. Like Mamalat, Gavrilovska forged to a 6-0 second-set victory, putting A&M ahead, 3-0.

Bhosale clinched the winning point for the Aggies at the No. 3 line. After winning three consecutive games to break away from a 3-3 tie and win the first set against Stuhlmann, Bhosale controlled the second set. The freshman built a commanding 4-1 lead and went on to win the set, 6-2, and secure the winning point for the Aggies.

Aggie freshman Jana McCord had won her first set, 7-5, and held a 3-1 lead over Spearman at the No. 6 line when play was stopped. Stancu’s match against Gaytan-Leach, who led the third set, 2-1, also went unfinished.

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.

No. 8 Texas A&M 4, Missouri 0
Mizzou Tennis Complex
Columbia, Mo.
April 17, 2014

Singles
1.     #11 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) vs. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU), 3-6, 6-4, 1-2 unfinished
2.     #63 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Kelli Hine (MU), 6-4, 6-0
3.     Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 6-3, 6-2
4.     Stefania Hristov (TAMU) vs. Madison Rhyner (MU), 3-6, 2-3 unfinished
5.     Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Alex Clark (MU), 6-4, 6-0
6.     Jana McCord (TAMU) vs. Cassidy Spearman (MU), 7-5, 3-1 unfinished

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. #16 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) vs. Gaytan-Leach/Stuhlmann (MU), 6-6 unfinished
2. #83 Ines Deheza/Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Clark/Rhyner (MU), 8-3
3. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU def. Hine/Spearman (MU), 8-1

Order of finish
Singles: 5, 2, 3
Doubles: 3, 1

Team records
Texas A&M: 18-5
Missouri: 9-21

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