Aggies Sweep Tennis Titles

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M’s Elze Potgieter was the singles champion, and teammates Tiffany Clifford and Christi Liles won the doubles title to complete the Aggies’ sweep of the individual honors at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic held over the weekend at Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis.

The Aggies posted a combined 20-2 record in singles and went 9-0 in doubles competing against players from Alabama, Marquette and Wisconsin. Records count toward only individual records and do not count as a team win or loss.

“We are excited about the results with winning both the singles and doubles titles,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “The team responded to situations that you hope to run into this early, such as coming from behind, fighting through a close match and holding leads. This was a great start, but it’s not the destination.”

A&M opened the tournament Friday by winning all three doubles matches against Wisconsin. The Aggies then won all seven singles matches against Marquette, including six straight-set victories.

Kleinecke changed the doubles teams on Saturday, yet every A&M doubles team remained undefeated, winning all three matches against Alabama.

A&M then took on Wisconsin in singles on Saturday, going 5-1.

On Sunday, Potgieter, a sophomore from Bloemfontein, South Africa, defeated Tiffany Welcher of Alabama, 6-1, 6-3, to complete a 3-0 weekend and capture the singles title.

A&M won six of the seven singles matches against the Tide. Senior Anna Blagodarova was responsible for one of the wins, as she defeated Meritt Emery of Alabama, 6-1, 6-0, to improve to 80-35 in her A&M singles career and move into a tie for ninth in the A&M records for career wins.

A&M closed out the tournament by sweeping the three doubles matches against Marquette. Clifford and Liles hled off Maria Calbeto and Shannon Brown, 9-8 (7-5) to clinch the doubles title.

A&M returns to action Oct. 6-8 at the Women’s College Tennis Invitational held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The following are A&M’s complete results from the Milwaukee Tennis Classic:

Friday, Sept. 21
Doubles
Tiffany Clifford/Christi Lilies (Texas A&M) def. Elizabeth Carpenter/Jessica Seyferth (Wisconsin), 8-5
Michelle Sammons/Stephanie Davidson (Texas A&M) def. Morgan Tuttle/Chelsea Nusslock (Wisconsin), 8-3
Anna Blagodarova/Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Katya Mirnova/Elizabeth Dolan (Wisconsin), 8-5

Singles
Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Kylie Moore (Marquette), 6-0, 6-1
Michelle Sammons (Texas A&M) def. Erin Watkins (Marquette), 6-3, 6-3
Anna Blagodarova (Texas A&M) def. Maria Calbeto (Marquette), 6-4, 6-1
Christi Liles (Texas A&M) def. Christina Ruiz (Marquette), 6-0, 6-0
Marisa Druss (Texas A&M) def. Rachael Hush (Marquette), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
Stephanie Davidson (Texas A&M) def. Elly Strother (Marquette), 6-3, 6-1
Tiffany Clifford (Texas A&M) def. Margaret Wilson (Marquette), 6-2, 6-2

Saturday, Sept. 22
Doubles
Tiffany Clifford/Anna Blagodarova (Texas A&M) def. Andrea Brenes/Bianca Svensson (Alabama), 8-4
Michelle Sammons/Christi Liles (Texas A&M) def. Tiffany Welcher/Meritt Emery (Alabama), 8-3
Stephanie Davidson/Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Paulina Bigos/Alice Tunaru (Alabama), 8-3

Singles
Elze Potgieter (Texas A&M) def. Elizabeth Carpenter (Wisconsin), 6-7, 7-5
Jessica Seyferth (Wisconsin) def. Anna Blagodarova (Texas A&M), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0
Michelle Sammons (Texas A&M) def. Chelseas Nusslock (Wisconsin), 4-7, 7-5, 1-0
Christi Liles (Texas A&M) def. Morgan Tuttle (WIsconsin), 6-0, 6-1
Tiffany Clifford (Texas A&M) def. Katya Mirnova (Wisconsin), 6-3, 6-2
Stephanie Davidson (Texas A&M) def. Erin Jobe (Wisconsin), 6-2, 6-0

Sunday, Sept. 23
Singles
Potgeieter (Texas A&M) def. Tiffany Welcher (Alabama), 6-1, 6-3
Liles (Texas A&M) def. Alice Tunaru (Alabama), 6-0, 6-2
Blagodarova (Texas A&M) def. Meritt Emery (Alabama), 6-1, 6-0
Sammons (Texas A&M) def. Andrea Brenes (Alabama), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
Bianca Svensson (Alabama) def. Clifford (Texas A&M), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
Druss (Texas A&M) def. Paulina Bigos (Alabama), 7-5, 7-6 (9-7)
Davidson (Texas A&M) def. Allison Nolen (Alabama), 6-0, 6-3

Doubles
Clifford/Liles (Texas A&M) def. Calbeto/Brown (Marquette), 9-8 (7-5)
Blagodarova/Sammons (Texas A&M) def. Ruiz/Hush (Marquette), 8-5
Davidson/Druss (Texas A&M) def. Watkins/Moore (Marquette), 8-5