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