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No. 10 Seed Texas A&M Set to Host NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds this Weekend

May 07, 2014
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Complete match notes

NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship
First and Second Rounds, Friday-Saturday, May 9-10, 2014
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, Texas

Friday, May 9 - First Round:
11 a.m. Texas vs. Houston
2 p.m. No. 10 Texas A&M vs. Stony Brook

Saturday, May 10 - Second Round:
3 p.m. Texas/Houston winner vs. No. 10 Texas A&M/Stony Brook winner

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

·         Texas A&M (19-6) received a No. 10 seed in the 64-team NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship bracket and will host first and second rounds, Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

·         The Aggies open against Stony Brook (15-3) on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. The match follows a first-round meeting between Texas (12-12) and Houston (21-5) to be played at 11 a.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

·         First-round winners will face off Saturday, May 10 at the Mitchell Tennis Center, with the second-round winner advancing to Athens, Ga., for the round of 16.

·         Links to the Tournament Central page, live scoring and video will be available at AggieAthletics.com.

TICKETS

·         Tickets to the first and second-round matches can be purchased in advance at 12thManFoundation.com or during business hours at the Athletic Ticket Office located in The Zone at Kyle Field or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. Tickets also will be available for purchase on match days at the Mitchell Tennis Center beginning one hour before match time.

·         Prices are as follows, with the all-session ticket also allowing entry to the men’s tennis first and second round matches to be played Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11 at the Mitchell Tennis Center:

            $12 All-Session Reserved (Stadium Club)

            $7 Single Day Reserved (Stadium Club)

            $5 Single Day General Admission

            $3 Single Day Students/Youth

            Free for children under age two

TEXAS A&M NOTES

·         Texas A&M is making its 15th consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship.

·         Last year, the Aggies received a school-record No. 3 seed and advanced to the champion- ship finals for the first time. A&M finished runner-up, narrowly falling to 17-time NCAA champion Stanford, 4-3, in Urbana, Ill.

·         The Aggies’ No. 10 seed marks the second consecutive year and the third time overall A&M has been seeded in the 64-team field. In 2004, A&M was No. 12.

·         This is the second consecutive year and sixth time overall Texas A&M has served as host of an NCAA match (2014, 2013, 2011, 2004, 2003, 1996). The Aggies, who are 11-0 in home matches this season, are 7-3 all-time in home NCAA tournament matches and 17-19 overall in NCAA tournament history.

·         Texas A&M is 13-6 against the 2014 tournament field, including a 4-2 victory over Texas at the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 9.

·         Texas A&M is one of 11 teams representing the Southeastern Conference in the 64-team field. Georgia, the SEC tournament champion and the league’s automatic qualifier, is the No. 1 seed. SEC regular-season champion Alabama is the No. 2 seed, and Florida and Vanderbilt are the No. 8 and 9 seeds, respectively. Other SEC teams in the tournament are Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.

PROJECTED TEXAS A&M LINEUP

                                                                                                Overall            Dual       SEC

1 Singles:  #10 Cristina Stancu (Sr., Constanta, Romania)     31-7     15-3     8-0

2 Singles: #84 Ines Deheza (So., Santa Cruz, Bolivia)             12-11   8-4       2-3

3 Singles: #56 Saska Gavrilovska (Fr., Vrsac, Serbia)             19-7     15-4     7-2

4 Singles:  Rutuja Bhosale (Fr., Shrirampur, India)                14-10   10-7     5-3

5 Singles: Stefania Hristov (So., Iasi, Romania)                      17-13   12-7     6-4

6 Singles: Anna Mamalat (So., Philadelphia, Pa.)                  13-16   6-11     3-4

Also available: Mason Strickland (Fr., Dallas, Texas)             6-10     1-2       0-1

1 Doubles: #14 Hristov/Stancu                                               23-9     12-4     7-1

2 Doubles: #79 Deheza/Gavrilovska                                       8-3       8-3       6-1

3 Doubles: Bhosale/Mamalat                                                 10-4     9-3       5-3

SERIES RECORDS

·         Texas A&M and Stony Brook are meeting for the first time.

·         Former Southwest Conference and Big 12 Conference-foe Texas holds a 44-9 lead in the all-time series against the Aggies, including a 20-3 record in matches played in College Station. A&M, however, is 3-1 against the Longhorns with Howard Joffe as head coach. A&M has won the last two meetings and three of the last four against Texas. Each of the last two meetings were at the 2013 and 2014 ITA National Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va.

·         A&M is 21-8 against former SWC opponent Houston and has won each of the last eight meetings. The teams have not faced since Feb. 2, 2008, as A&M improved to 13-3 against the Cougars in matches played in College Station with a 7-0 victory.

OPPONENT NOTES

Stony Brook

·         Stony Brook (15-3) received an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament by winning its third consecutive America East Championship.

·         The Seawolves, who are riding a 12-match win streak entering their third overall tournament appearance, are a combined 71-28 (.717) in singles and 30-13 (.698) in doubles dual matches.

·         Gary Glassman (Oneonta State ‘89) is in his 15th season as head coach of the Seawolves.

Texas

·         No. 23-ranked Texas (12-12) is making its 32nd NCAA tournament appearance after receiving an at-large invitation.

·         The Longhorns, 45-29 all-time in NCAA matches, won NCAA titles in 1993 and 1995 and finished runner up in 1992 and 2005. Last year, they fell to host Virginia in the second round.

·         Sophomore Breaunna Addison is No. 12 in the ITA singles rankings entering NCAA play after going 18-4 at No. 1 singles, including 8-0 in Big 12 matches only. She is riding a 10-match win streak and was selected as a No. 9-16 seed in the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship. She reached the singles semifinals in 2013.

·         Most recently, Texas fell to Oklahoma State, 4-1, in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship on April 26.

·         Patty Fendick-McCain (Stanford ‘87) is in her ninth season as head coach of the Longhorns.

Houston

·         No. 34 Houston (21-5) is making its first NCAA appearance since 1998 and its third appearance overall.

·         The Cougars, an at-large selection after finishing runner-up in the American Athletic Conference, are 2-2 all-time in NCAA tournament matches, including 2-0 against teams from Texas.

·         Houston slipped to 0-20 all-time against Texas earlier this season after falling to the Longhorns, 5-0, on Feb. 28 in Austin, Texas.

·         Head coach Patrick Sullivan, Texas A&M Class of ‘02, is in his second season as the Cougars’ skipper.

RECENT RESULTS

Texas A&M, which went 10-3 in SEC regular-season matches, was the No. 5 seed at the 2014 SEC Championship, contested in Columbia, Mo. After defeating No. 13 seed Missouri in the first round, the Aggies knocked off No. 4-seed and fourth-ranked Florida, 4-3, to advance to the semifinals of the SEC Championship. It marked the first time in the 27-year history of the SEC Tournament that the Gators failed to reach the semifinals. A&M then fell to SEC regular season champion and third-ranked Alabama, 4-2, in the semifinals.

TEXAS A&M IN THE ITA RANKINGS

·         Texas A&M has been ranked between No. 5 and No. 11 throughout the spring season.

·         The Aggies were No. 7 in the preseason ranking released Jan. 2. It is the highest preseason ranking in school history.

·         A&M reached a season-high No. 5 ranking on April 22, jumping three spots following a 4-3 victory over No. 4 Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Championship.

·         Despite not playing a match since the victory against the Gators, A&M dropped four spots and is No. 9 entering the NCAA Championship.

·         Senior Cristina Stancu, who enters the NCAA tournament ranked No. 10 in singles, was twice ranked a career-high No. 8 in singles (April 8 and April 22), making her the second highest ranked individual in A&M history. Two-time All-American Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar holds the school record with a No. 3 ranking.

·         Stancu and partner Stefania Hristov are No. 14 in doubles entering the tournament, two spots below their dual season-high No. 12 ranking on April 22.

·         Freshman Saska Gavrilovska, who has been ranked as high as No. 47 in singles, enters the tournament No. 56. She also is No. 79 in doubles with partner Ines Deheza, who is a career-high No. 84 in singles.

THREE AGGIES INVITED TO NCAA INDIVIDUALS

·         Texas A&M senior Cristina Stancu became the sixth player in Aggie women’s tennis history to earn ITA All-America honors, having garnered the distinction after receiving a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship 64-player field, announced by the NCAA on April 30.

·         Saska Gavrilovska also was selected to compete in the singles tournament as an at-large entry. She becomes only the second freshman ever selected to represent Texas A&M in the prestigious event, joining four-time NCAA singles participant Nazari Urbina, who completed her stellar Aggie career last year.

·         In addition, the Romanian duo of Stancu and sophomore Stefania Hristov will be competing in the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championship after receiving an at-large berth for the second consecutive year.

·         Singles and doubles competitions will be conducted May 21-26 at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 15-20). All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

PASSING SHOTS

·         A&M is one of five teams to have both its men’s and women’s tennis teams in the top 10 in the ITA rankings, joining Georgia, North Carolina UCLA and Virginia.

·         A&M Is one win away from posting its second consecutive 20-win season. The last time A&M posted back-to-back 20-plus wins was 2003-04

·         Texas A&M is 11-0 in home matches and has won 15 straight home matches dating to last year.

·         This is the third time A&M has been seeded in the NCAA tournament. The Aggies were the No. 12 seed in 2004 and advanced to the Round of 16. Last year they were No. 3 and advanced to the finals.

·         A&M is 13-6 against ranked opponents, including three Top 10 wins.

·         The Aggies are a combined 70-40 in singles and 33-17 in doubles in dual matches.

·         Cristina Stancu, A&M’s lone senior, is riding a team-leading and a career-high 13-match win streak in singles.

·         Stancu, who went 8-0 at No. 1 singles in SEC matches, is 31-7 overall,  tying for seventh in the A&M season records for most wins. One more win will move her into a tie for sixth.

·         Saska Gavrilovska posted the highest ranked win by a freshman in A&M history, defeating fifth-ranked Haley Carter of North Carolina, 0-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10) to help the Aggies defeat the No. 3 Tar Heels, 4-3, on Feb. 4, in Chapel Hill.

·         The Aggies are 16-0 when winning the doubles point.

·         A&M is 11-0 when No. 2 doubles wins and 10-0 when No. 3 doubles wins.

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH HOWARD JOFFE

                     Overall                          Conference
School  Year     W -      L         Pct.      W -      L          Pct.      Finish   NCAAs Ranking

Assistant Coach

USC      2002    19-       8          .704                                                     Round of 16     #11

USC      2003    22-       6          .786                                                     Quarterfinals  #5

USC      2004    18-       7          .720                                                     Round of 16     #8

USC      2005    19-       4          .826                                                     Quarterfinals  #7

USC      2006    21-       4          .840                                                     Semifinals       #3

USC      2007    19-       5          .792                                                     Round of 16     #10

Head Coach

Miami (Ohio)  2008    14-       7          .667     7-         1          .875     2nd             — —

Miami (Ohio)  2009    16-       7          .696     8-         0          1.00     1st       First Round      #70

Maryland        2010    5-         14        .263     0-         11        .000     12th           —  —

Maryland        2011    13-       10        .565     3-         8          .273     T-9th    First Round      #34

Texas A&M     2012    19-       6          .760     7-         2          .778     T-2nd   Second Round #17

Texas A&M     2013    26-       4          .867     12-       1          .923     T-1st    Finalist #3

Texas A&M     2014    19-       6          .760     10-       3          .769     5th

Head Coach Career Totals

Career Totals (7th year)       112-     54        .675     47-       26        .644

A&M Totals (3rd year)            64-       16        .800     29-       6          .829

            Howard Joffe (pronounced joff-ee), one of the brightest young collegiate tennis coaches in the country, is 64-16 (.800) in his third season at A&M and 112-54 (.675) in the seventh season of his head coaching career. He has rapidly transformed the Aggies from pretender to contender, and in 2013 the Maroon and White shocked the nation by reaching the NCAA Championship finals for the first time. A&M, whose previous best finish in the NCAAs was a round of 16 appearance in 2004, narrowly fell to 17-time national champion Stanford, 4-3, in the championship match. The Aggies concluded their historic 2013 campaign ranked an all-time high No. 3 in the final team rankings with a 26-4 record, marking the most wins in school history.

            This season, Joffe has directed the Aggies to three top-10 victories, including a 4-3 win at No. 3 North Carolina on Feb. 4, marking the highest ranked win in school history. A&M also knocked off No. 4 Florida, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Championship, as the Gators failed to reach the semifinals for the first time in the 27-year history of the tournament.

            Joffe has had a player earn All-America honors in each of his three season, including the most recent recipient, Cristina Stancu, a 2014 ITA All-America by virtue of her top 16 seed in the ITA Singles Championship. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, who followed Joffe to A&M from Maryland, concluded her stellar two-year career in 2013 the most heralded player in Aggie women’s tennis history, becoming the program’s first two-time All-American. After being ranked an A&M all-time high No. 3 in the ITA preseason singles rankings in January 2013, the senior was No. 5 in the final rankings, the highest final ranking in school history.

            In 2013, Texas A&M’s first season as a member of the powerful Southeastern Conference, Joffe’s Aggies experienced unprecedented success during the regular season which resulted in A&M receiving an all-time high No. 3 seed in the 64-team tournament. Joffe had directed the Aggies to their then-highest ranked win in school history by knocking off two-time defending national champion and fourth-ranked Florida, 4-3, snapping the Gators’ 45-match winning streak against SEC teams in conference regular-season, SEC Tournament and NCAA Championship matches combined. The statement win was part of a 13-match win streak, tying the all-time school record for consecutive victories first accomplished in Joffe’s debut season as the Aggie skipper. A&M would go on to win the SEC Western Division title and stake claim to a share of the SEC regular-season crown with the Gators and Georgia. It was A&M’s third regular-season conference title in school history and the first since 2003.

            The Aggies also produced numerous highlights in 2012, during Joffe’s inaugural season at Texas A&M. Although the team lost, 4-3, to Ole Miss in Joffe’s debut, the Aggies rebounded with a school-record 13 consecutive victories, obliterating the previous record of nine straight wins. The Aggies would later defeat No. 6 Texas (April 17, 2012), which marked A&M’s highest ranked win since defeating No. 5 USC in 2004, when Joffe served as an assistant for the Women of Troy.

            The Aggies went on to tie for second in the Big 12 Conference behind the stellar play of Sanchez-Quintanar. The junior went 9-0 in conference matches and 24-1 in dual matches all at the No. 1 line and became the first player in Big 12 history to garner both Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors in the same season. Sanchez-Quintanar would go on to become the first Joffe-coached player to earn ITA All-America honors after receiving a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship. She would also become only the second player in Texas A&M history to reach the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament.

            The Aggies finished the 2012 season 19-6 and ranked No. 17 in the final ITA rankings after advancing to the NCAA second round. It was A&M’s first top-20 final ranking since tying for 16th in 2004 and its third highest final ranking in school history.

            Joffe played college tennis at Pepperdine from 1990-92 and led the Wave to three consecutive West Coast Conference titles. He was an ITA All-American in 1992, the same year he was the 1992 WCC singles champion and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. After three years (1992-94) on the professional tour, Joffe began his coaching career in South Africa. In 2002, he was hired as the women’s assistant coach at perennial power USC, where he finished his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2006. The two-time ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year and a runner-up for the 2006 national award, Joffe left USC in 2007 to be the head coach at Miami (Ohio). In his second season, Joffe was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading the RedHawks to a 16-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. He then left to become the head coach at Maryland, where he led the Terrapins to an NCAA tournament berth in 2011.

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