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Texas A&Mís Stancu Named to SEC All-Tournament Team

April 21, 2014
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas  – Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu was named to the SEC Women’s Tennis Championship all-tournament team, the Southeastern Conference announced.

The senior from Romania went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles with partner Stefania Hristov during the tournament while leading the Aggies to the semifinals for the second consecutive year.

In the quarterfinal match against four-time defending tournament champion and fourth-ranked Florida, Stancu and Hristov overcame a 7-5 deficit to force a tiebreaker against 25th-ranked Kourtney Keegan and Olivia Janowicz. In a match that would determine the crucial doubles point, Florida was at match point, 6-3, in the tiebreaker when the Aggie pair reeled off five consecutive points to win and give A&M the 1-0 lead.

With A&M and Florida later knotted at 3-3, the decisive point came down to the No. 1 singles line, where Stancu would win her 12th consecutive match while posting the highest ranked singles win of her senior season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 15th-ranked Brianna Morgan.

The victory equaled A&M’s second highest ranked win in program history, while the Gators failed to reach the semifinals for the first time in the 27-year history of the SEC tournament.

In A&M’s semifinal loss against regular-season champion and third-ranked Alabama, Stancu put the Aggies within a point at 3-2 and won her 13th consecutive match after pulling away for a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 55th-ranked Mary Anne Daines.

Stancu and the Aggies (19-6) now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, April 29. The men’s selection show will begin at 4 p.m., and the women’s selections will be revealed at 4:30 p.m. only on NCAA.com. Last year, the A&M women were seeded an all-time high No. 3 and reached the championship match for the first time in school history.

Singles and doubles selections will be released on the NCAA website after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.

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.

SEC Women’s Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team:

Alabama – Emily Zabor
Alabama – Luicelena Perez
Georgia – Silvia Garcia
Georgia – Lilly Kimbell
Texas A&M – Cristina Stancu
Vanderbilt – Ashleigh Antal

MVP – Silvia Garcia, Georgia

SEC Women’s Tennis Championship Results:

Match 1:          No. 11 LSU 4, No. 14 Mississippi State 3
Match 2:          No. 13 Missouri 4, No. 12 Arkansas, 0

Match 3           No. 10 Kentucky 4, No. 7 Auburn 2
Match 4:          No. 11 LSU 4, No. 6 Tennessee 0
Match 5:          No. 8 South Carolina 4, No. 9 Ole Miss 2
Match 6:          No. 5 Texas A&M 4, No. 13 Missouri 0

Match 7:          No. 2 Vanderbilt 4, No. 10 Kentucky 2
Match 8:          No. 3 Georgia 4, No. 11 LSU 0
Match 9:          No. 1 Alabama 4, No. 8 South Carolina 2
Match 10:        No. 5 Texas A&M, 4, No. 4 Florida 3

Match 11:        No. 3 Georgia 4, No. 2 Vanderbilt 1
Match 12:        No. 1 Alabama 4, No. 5 Texas A&M 2

Championship:            No. 3 Georgia 4, No. 1 Alabama 0

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