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2013-14 (SOPHOMORE): Ranked No. 16 in the final ITA doubles rankings with senior Cristina Stancu, setting the Texas A&M record for the second consecutive year for highest final ranking...Also was No. 1 in the final ITA Texas Region doubles rankings...The pair, which was ranked as high as No. 12 (April 22) during the regular season and was an all-time high No. 8 (Sept. 6) in the ITA fall preseason rankings, received an at-large berth to the NCAA Doubles Championship for the second consecutive year...Fell in the first round, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to 25th ranked Masa Grgan and Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State...Teamed exclusively with Stancu and finished the year 24-9 overall...Was 6-9 against ranked opponents, including 4-5 against ranked foes in dual matches only...Highest ranked win was an 8-6 victory against No. 19 Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger of Auburn on April 6... Posted a 13-5 ledger in dual matches only all at the No. 1 line -- including a 7-1 mark in SEC matches only...Longest win streak of the spring was six matches (Feb. 9-March 22)...Had entered the spring ranked 22nd in the nation in doubles, as well as No. 2 in the Texas Region preseason doubles rankings (Jan. 2)...In singles, entered the spring No. 17 in the ITA Texas Region singles rankings...Went 19-14 overall in singles, including 14-8 in dual matches while seeing action at the Nos. 3-6 positions...Posted a 6-4 record in SEC matches only...FALL RESULTS: Entered the fall ranked eighth in the nation in doubles with Stancu...Paired exclusively with Stancu and went 10-5 in doubles, including 2-3 against ranked opponents...Highest ranked win of the fall was an 8-5 victory over No. 24 Marija Milutinovic and Caroline Rohde-Moe of Ole Miss in the round of 16 of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships...The Aggie pair reached the finals of the ITA Texas Regional for the second consecutive year...Received an at-large bid to compete at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in doubles...Was the doubles champion at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney...Went 4-4 in singles...Was named to the NCAS National Academic Momentum Award second team, recognizing the student-athlete’s academic improvement.
2012-13 (FRESHMAN): The lefty was a mainstay in the Aggies’ lineup in both doubles and singles throughout her rookie campaign...Played doubles with fellow countrywoman Cristina Stancu and was named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team at the No. 1 line...The duo also received an at-large bid to the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championship, where the Aggies fell to ninth-ranked Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma in the first round, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4...The A&M tandem was ranked as high as a school-record No. 7 in the nation in doubles in the preseason and regular season rankings and finished the season No. 17, a school record-high for a final doubles rankings...Also was No. 2 in the final Texas Region doubles rankings...Hristov led the team in doubles victories with a 27-12 overall record, which included a 22-11 overall record with Stancu...Went 14-7 in dual matches, including 13-7 with Stancu 11-7 at the No. 1 line and 2-0 at No. 2...The pair went 6-8 against ranked opponents, including four top-10 victories...Posted an 8-3 victory against eighth-ranked Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in the national championship match, marking her highest ranked win in dual match play...In singles, was 25-11 overall, ranking second on the team for most wins...Was 19-5 in dual matches, going 4-4 at No. 5 and 15-1 at No. 6...Went 7-4 in SEC singles matches and was a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week...Longest win streak was six...Finished the season on a five-match win streak, including three wins in NCAA tournament play...In A&M’s NCAA second-round match against No. 29 TCU, overcame a 5-0 first-set deficit to defeat Federica Denti, 7-6 (4), 6-0, to clinch the point that sent the Aggies on to the Round of 16...Clinched the Aggies’ winning point in four matches overall...FALL RESULTS: Led Texas A&M in doubles victories with a 12-2 record...Opened the fall season going a combined 5-1 with partners Wen Sun and Anna Mamalat before pairing with Stancu in the third tournament of the season, the ITA Texas Regional...The Romanian duo reeled off six consecutive victories, including a 9-7 victory over sixth-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo of Texas Tech in the round of 16, en route to the ITA Texas Regional championship and an automatic berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships...Hristov and Stancu finished the fall season 8-1, including 2-1 against ranked opponents...Hristov was 5-4 in singles matches, including 1-2 against ranked opponents...Her first ranked singles win was a 6-4, 6-0 victory over No. 109 Jordaan Sanford of Baylor in the second round of the Texas Regional...Entered the spring ranked No. 1in the Texas Region in doubles and No. 15 in the region in singles.
PREVIOUS ATHLETIC BACKGROUND: Competed in numerous ITF tournaments...Reached the singles finals at the Plantation (Fla.) ITF in May 2012...Also in 2012, reached the semifinals at the Cop Milo tournament in Santiago, Chile, and made quarterfinal appearances at the Delray Beach ITF and the Uruguay Bowl...In 2010, she advanced to the semifinals in singles at both the Kentucky International Tennis Derby and the ITF Ukrzakhid...In doubles, reached the finals at the Wichita Falls ITF and the semifinal round at both the Atlanta ITF and the Instiriq Cup in 2011...Her most memorable moment came at a hometown tournament, the $10,000 Iasi, in which she eventually reached the quarterfinals after posting a first round upset over the No. 5 seed Tereza Malikova, a Czechoslovakian who was No. 678 in the WTA world rankings. "It was the last tournament before I came to college and everybody (newspapers, TV, people) was asking me about college," Hristov said.
PERSONAL: Stefania Hristov is the daughter of Adrian and Elena Hristov of Iasi, Romania...Has an older brother, Andrei...Is the first person in her family to attend college in the USA...Began playing tennis when she was 6 years old...Left home when she was 16 to go to Florida and train with Gabriel Trifu...Was finishing 10th grade when she left Romania and entered 12th grade upon arrival to the U.S...Her only official recruiting visit was to Texas A&M, and she described it as, “After the first day, I knew that this is where I wanted to study and play. I was really impressed with the tennis facilities and the coaches, how they treat the girls on the team and the attention they have. Also the campus and the classes impressed me a lot”...Most memorable moment of college career is playing in the finals of the NCAA Championship as a freshman...Hobbies include watching movies, shopping, reading, listening to music, and traveling...Is fluent in Romanian, English and French and understands Spanish and Italian...Is majoring in sport management...Born September 16, 1994, in Iasi, Romania.
Hristov Up Close:
Favorite Aggie tradition: Midnight Yell
Favorite class subject: psychology
Favorite professional tennis player: Roger Federer
Favorite athlete (any sport): Andre Agassi
Favorite website: www.howdy.tamu.edu
Favorite type of music: pop
Favorite food: grilled chicken
Favorite TV show: Gossip Girls
Favorite book: "Open" by Andre Agassi
Favorite movie: Dear John
Favorite things about the sport of tennis: competing
Favorite sports to play other than tennis: volleyball
Favorite Karaoke song to sing: Summertime Sadness by Lana del Ray
Favorite vacation spot: home
The teammate who will surprise people the most this year: Cristina Stancu
The teammate who can always make me laugh: Cristina Stancu
The person who has had the greatest impact on my athletic career: my father, my brother and my coach from Florida, Gabriel Trifu
The accomplishments (athletic or non-athletic) that I am most proud of: being named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team at No. 1 Doubles with doubles partner, Cristina Stancu, and getting into Texas A&M.
The person I would most like to meet: Andre Agassi
The most famous athlete I have met: Andrei Pavel (tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Romania)
The most famous non-athlete I have met: Catrinel Sandu, aTV star from Romania
People have told me that I look like (name of celebrity): Angelina Jolie
When I was little, I dreamed I would be a: lawyer
Something I've always wanted to do but haven't: skydive
The reality show I would most like to participate in is: Dancing with the Stars
I can't believe I watch this TV show: American Idol
My best non-athletic talent:to talk and make people laugh
The best advice I ever received: Keep your head up and keep fighting no matter what (my father was telling me this every time I was disappointed)
My dream job is: planning events and make people happy
Being at A&M has taught me: what it takes to be part of a big family and fight for what you have
After I graduate, I plan to: work as an event planner
Hristov's ITA Career Rankings: (as of June 4, 2014)
Doubles (with Cristina Stancu) #7* Jan. 3, 2013 (Preseason Spring) #7* March 26, 2013 #8 Sept. 6, 2013 (Preseason Fall) #9 March 12, 2013 #11 Feb. 12, 2013 #12 April 22, 2014 #14 May 1, 2014 #15 April 9, 2013 #16* June 4, 2014 (Final) #16 April 15, 2014 #16 April 16, 2013 #17 June 5, 2013 (Final) #18 Feb. 11, 2014 #18 May 2, 2013 #19 April 23, 2013 #22 Jan. 2, 2014 (Preseason Spring) #23 April 8, 2014 #23 March 11, 2014 * -indicates school record
Hristov’s Ranked Wins Singles #109 Jordaan Sanford, Baylor (Oct. 20, 2012)
Doubles (with Cristina Stancu) #6 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo, Texas Tech (Oct.21, 2012) #8 Kristie Ahn/Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (May 21, 2013) #8 Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay, North Carolina (Feb. 8, 2013) #10 Stephanie Nauta/Lii Xi, Virginia (Feb. 10, 2013) #15 Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen, Florida (March 3, 2013) #19 Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger, Auburn (April 6, 2014) #21 Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn, Texas (Feb. 9, 2014) #24 Marija Milutinovic/Caroline Rohde-Moe, Ole Miss (Oct. 3, 2013) #25 Kourtney Keegan/Olivia Janowicz, Florida (April 18, 2014) #44 Wen Sun/Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M (Oct. 22, 2012) #52 Kelsey Laurente/Stephanie Wagner, Miami (Sept. 13, 2013) #56 Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran, Mississippi State (April 13, 2014)