TAMU Women's Tennis BIO
 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar

2013-14 HONORS

  • SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Texas A&M Women's Basketball Miss Aggie Award

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Became A&M’s first three-sport (excluding XC/ITF/OTF combinations) female athlete since Stacy Sykora (volleyball, basketball, track & field; 1995-98)
  • Was a member of NCAA Tournament squads in tennis, soccer and basketball, making her the only A&M female to play in the NCAA Tournament in three different sports

SENIOR (2013-14 Basketball)
Played five minutes in four games … Became A&M’s first three-sport (excluding XC/ITF/OTF combinations) female athlete since Stacy Sykora (volleyball, basketball, track & field; 1995-98) … Was a member of NCAA Tournament squads in tennis, soccer and basketball, making her the only A&M female to play in the NCAA Tournament in three different sports … Attempted a 3-pointer against Nicholls (Dec. 9) … Brought leadership to the basketball team after joining the squad in December.

2013 - SENIOR (Soccer): Played in 13 games this season ... Scored first goal of the year against Mississippi State (Sept. 27)

SANCHEZ-QUINTANAR'S HONORS

2013
• ITA All-American (singles) • NCAA Singles Championship (school-record No. 4 seed), Round of 16 • No. 5 ITA final singles ranking (Texas A&M record-high for final singles ranking) • No. 50 ITA final doubles ranking • ITA Senior of the Year, Texas Region • All-SEC first team • ITA Texas Regional singles champion • NCAS National Academic Momentum Award, 3rd team • SEC Academic Honor Roll

2012 • ITA All-American (singles) • NCAA Singles Championship (No. 7 seed), Quarterfinalist • No. 6 ITA final singles ranking (Texas A&M record-high for final singles ranking) • NCAA Doubles Championship at-large entry (with Wen Sun), first round • No. 18 final doubles ranking (Texas A&M record-high for final doubles ranking) • Big 12 Player of the Year • Big 12 Newcomer of the Year • First player in Big 12 Conference history to receive both Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors in the same year • All-Big 12 Team (unanimous singles & doubles selection) • Big 12 No. 1 Singles Champion (9-0 record) • Big 12 No. 1 Doubles Champion (with Wen Sun) • Two-time Big 12 Player of the Week

2011 (at Maryland) • NCAA Singles Championship participant (Round of 32) • ACC Women's Tennis Player of the Week • ITA Atlantic Region Player to Watch • All-ACC Academic Team • No. 34 in final ITA singles ranking

AT TEXAS A&M

2012-13 (SENIOR): Concluded her two-year record-setting career by becoming Texas A&M’s first two-time All-American after receiving a school-record No. 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship...Was ranked in the top seven in the nation in singles throughout 2012-13, having been ranked as high as No. 3, the highest ranking in school history...Also set a record with her No. 5 final ranking, the highest final ranking in school history...Became the first player in A&M history to twice reach 40 wins in a season...Her 41 victories in 2012-13 ranks second in the A&M all-time season records, only one win shy of the overall record...Her .820 career winning percentage (81-15) obliterated the previous A&M all-time record of .765 set by Morgan Frank (2008-11)...Named the ITA Senior Player of the Year in the Texas Region and was the No. 1-ranked player in the ITA Texas Region...Also was named to the All-SEC first team after going 9-3 in conference play and leading the Aggies to the SEC regular season title in their inaugural season in the league...Led the Aggies with a 41-9 overall singles record, including 27-7 against ranked opponents...Posted the highest ranked win of her career in the NCAA Championship semifinals, defeating UCLA’s third-ranked Robin Anderson, 6-1, 6-3, to help lead the Aggies to the national championship match...In the NCAA Singles Championship, advanced to the round of 16 where she fell to defending and eventual two-time national champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford...Went 20-5 in dual matches, all at the No. 1 line...Longest win streak in singles was a team-best nine matches...Also led the team with a seven-match win streak in doubles, teaming with Anna Mamalat, Nazari Urbina and Wen Sun during that span...Was ranked No. 50 in the final doubles rankings with Sun...Went 19-16 overall in doubles, including 14-12 in dual matches and 9-3 in SEC play...Posted a 5-6 mark against ranked opponents...FALL RESULTS: Entered the 2013 spring a career-high and a Texas A&M all-time high No. 3 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, bettering the previous school record-high No. 4 ranking which she set on Feb. 28, 2012...Went 17-2 in singles, including 9-1 against ranked opponents...Began the fall season by winning the singles title of the blue bracket at the Duke Fab Four Invitational...Received an automatic entry into the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships main draw and also was invited to compete in the qualifying doubles draw with Cristina Stancu...Lost her opening round singles match at the All-Americans but won three consecutive matches, including a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 13th-ranked Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State, to reach the finals of the main draw consolation before withdrawing with an injury...Extended her winning streak to nine matches and was the singles champion at the ITA Texas Regional, earning an automatic berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship...Lost her opening match at the National Indoors but closed out the fall season with four consecutive victories, including a straight-set win over 36th ranked Alexa Guarachi of Alabama in the National Indoors consolation finals...Went 3-3 in doubles during the fall, going 2-2 with Stancu and 1-1 with freshman Anna Mamalat.

2011-12 (JUNIOR): Quickly established herself as one of the top players in Texas A&M women's tennis history...Became the fifth player in program history to be named All-America...Her No. 7 seed at the NCAA Singles Championship marked the first time a player from A&M was seeded in the top 16...Became the second player in school history to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship...Set school records for highest final rankings with a No. 6 finish in singles and a No. 18 final ranking in doubles with partner Wen Sun...Her No. 4 singles ranking received on Feb. 28, 2012, marked an all-time high ranking by an A&M player during the regular season...Captured both Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to win both awards in the same year and the first player from A&M to earn garner Player of the Year honors...Also was a an All-Big 12 unanimous selection for both singles and doubles and was a two-time Big 12 player of the week...Went 40-6 in singles (.870) overall, setting an A&M record for the highest winning percentage in a season...Her 40 victories ranked second in the A&M record books for most victories in a single season, only two shy of the all-time record set by Kim Labuschagne (1986-87), who was the only other Aggie to ever reach the NCAA quarterfinals in singles...Went 24-1 in dual matches and was the Big 12 No. 1 singles champion with a perfect 9-0 record, including eight straight-set victories...She and Sun tied for the Big 12 No. 1 doubles title with a 7-2 record, and the pair received an at-large entry to the NCAA Doubles Championship, where they fell in the first round to 32nd-ranked Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine...Longest singles winning streak was 15 matches and longest doubles winning streak was six, all with Sun...Highest ranked singles win was against No. 10 Marta Lesniak of SMU in the semifinals of the HEB Baylor Invitational on Oct. 16, 2011...Highest-ranked doubles victory was a 9-7 win with Sun over 11th-ranked Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender of Michigan in the second round of the NCAA team tournament (May 12, 2012)...FALL RESULTS: Began Texas A&M career by going 13-4 in tournament singles matches, including 6-3 against ranked opponents...Began the 2011 fall season ranked No. 24, tying her career high...Lost to 29th-ranked Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee in her A&M debut at the rain-hampered invitation-only Riviera/ITA All-American Championship but then reeled off 11 consecutive wins...Reached the finals at the ITA Texas Regional Championship and was invited to compete at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championship...Also reached the singles finals at the HEB Baylor Invitational after defeating 10th-ranked Marta Lesniak of SMU in the semifinals, marking the highest ranked win of Sanchez-Quintanar's collegiate career...Went 5-3 in doubles in fall tournaments, playing all but one match with Wen Sun...Won four consecutive matches at the ITA Texas Regional before falling to Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith of TCU in the finals.

AT MARYLAND

2011 (SOPHOMORE): Began her career with the Terps in January 2011 and opened with 14 consecutive singles victories...Had a historic run during her one year with the Terps, becoming the first Maryland tennis player to advance to the NCAA round of 32 with her 6-3, 6-4 first-round victory over future Texas A&M teammate Nazari Urbina at the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships... Posted a 17-5 record overall in the spring, including a 10-4 record at the No. 1 singles line...Tallied six victories over ranked opponents, including a 6-4, 7-6 (4) upset over No. 14 Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina...Was named the ACC Women's Tennis Player of the Week after leading the Terps to a 4-3 win over 11th-ranked Virginia, Maryland's first win over a top-15 ranked opponent since 2006...Named the 2011 ITA Atlantic Region Player to Watch and was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team...Was a career-high No. 24 in the ITA national singles rankings on April 19, 2011 and finished the season ranked 34th after leading Maryland to a 13-10 record and a No. 34 final team ranking...Teamed with Jordaan Sanford in doubles for most of 2011 and opened the spring with 13 consecutive wins...The duo would later knock off the nation's top-ranked doubles team at the time, Josipa Bek and Keri Wong of Clemson, 8-5, on April 3...The Terps pair finished the spring 18-4 in dual matches at the No. 1 line and earned a berth in the NCAA Doubles Championships where they fell in three sets to 12th-ranked Linda Abu Meshrefova and Nida Hamilton of Northwestern in the first round...Ranked as high as No. 22 in doubles during the spring season and was No. 26 in the final ITA doubles ranking...Also played soccer for the Terps in 2010...Played in seven games as Maryland reached the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, earned the NCAA No. 1 seed and finished 18-2-3.

PERSONAL: Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar Muñoz-Quiros is the daughter of Santiago Sanchez-Quintanar and Emilia Muñoz-Quiros...Has an older sister, Emi, and a younger brother, Santi...Began playing tennis when she was 6 years old...Most memorable moment in A&M career is beating No. 6 Texas during the 2012 regular season...Hobbies include playing video games and soccer and sports in general...A 2012-13 Champs/Texas A&M scholar athlete and a member of the 2013 spring SEC academic honor roll...Majoring in international commerce with a minor in business, is slated to graduate in May 2014...Born March 24, 1989, in Campo de Criptana, Spain.

SANCHEZ-QUINTANAR UP CLOSE:

Favorites:

Favorite class subject: Math  

Favorite quotes: "Time places each in its place", "Everything happens for a reason"

Favorite tennis player: Rafael Nadal

Favorite athlete (any sport): Raul Gonzalez (soccer player)

Favorite professional sports team (any sport): Shalcke 04

Favorite website: www.marca.com   

Favorite type of music: Laura Pausini

Favorite food: Pasta

Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Favorite book: Twilight

Favorite movie: Next Door Girl

Favorite thing about the sport of tennis: There is no time limit

Favorite sport to play other than tennis: Soccer

Favorite vacation spot: North of Spain

Miscellaneous Questions

The person who has had the greatest impact on my athletic career: My family

The accomplishment (athletic or non-athletic) that I am most proud of:  Getting a scholarship in USA

The best tennis player I have ever played against: Carla Suarez

Person I would most like to meet: Raul Gonzalez (soccer player)

I can't believe I watch this TV show: Jersey Shore

People have told me that I look like (name of celebrity): Laura Pausini

When I was little, I dreamed I would be a: professional tennis player

Something you've always wanted to do but haven't: Be a professional soccer player

The best advice I ever received: "Do whatever you want to do"

 

Height: 5'7"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Campo de Criptana, Spain
High School: Ministry of Science/Education
Other College: Maryland
Experience: Transfer
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