COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M women’s tennis team improved to a perfect 4-0 in Big 12 play this season with a dominant 7-0 win over Iowa State on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
“I told our team this was a taking care of business match.” Texas A&M head coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “We needed to go out there and play our game and not make any mistakes.”
The Aggies claimed the doubles point before sporadic rain showers caused a one hour and thirteen minute rain delay. The doubles duo of Christi Liles and Elze Potgieter started the Aggies’ winning day with an 8-2 victory over Caitlin Loprinzi and Kara Hickey on the number two doubles court. Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank followed quickly with an 8-2 win of their own over Liza Wischer and Alyssa Palen on the number three doubles court.
Nearly two hours and several rain showers later Iowa State’s Erin Karonis and Chrissy Derouin avoided the doubles sweep with a hard-fought 8-6 victory on the number one court over Anna Blagodarova and Tiffany Clifford.
The dominance continued as Texas A&M won all six singles matches in straight sets. Aggie freshman Morgan Frank earned the first singles point with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Palen on the number four singles court.
Potgieter won the first nine games on the number one singles court on her way to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Karonis.
Davidson clinched the win for the Aggies with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Reka Kelemen at the No. 6 spot.
Blagodarova added another point as she soundly defeated Loprinzi 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3.
Clifford won a hard-fought first set over Derouin on the No. 5 court before pulling away convincingly for a 6-4, 6-0 win.
Liles finished off the Aggies’ perfect afternoon with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Hickey on the No. 2 line.
The Aggies will look to continue their Big 12 unbeaten streak Wednesday when they face the Baylor Bears in Waco. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center.
“We are taking this conference stretch one match at a time and right now we are thinking about Baylor,” Kleinecke said. “They have an excellent team but we are going to go up there and give them our best shot.”
No. 21 Texas A&M 7, Iowa State 0.
1. (#76) Elze Potgieter (A&M) def. Erin Karonis (ISU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Christi Liles (A&M) def. Kara Hickey (ISU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Anna Blagodarova (A&M) def. Caitlin Loprinzi (ISU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Morgan Frank (A&M) def. Alyssa Palen (ISU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Tiffany Clifford (A&M def. Chrissy Derouin (ISU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Stephanie Davidson (A&M) def. Reka Kelemen (ISU) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles (Texas A&M wins the point)
1. Karonis/ Derouin (ISU) def. Blagodarova/ Clifford (A&M) 8-6
2. Liles/ Potgieter (A&M) def. Loprinzi/Hickey (ISU) 8-2
3. Davidson/ Frank (A&M) def. Wischer/ Palen (ISU) 8-2
Order of finish (D2, D3, D1, S4, S1, S6*, S3, S5, S2)
* Clinched Match
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center (Attendance: 517)
Team records: Texas A&M (10-5, 4-0 Big 12); Iowa State (4-8, 0-4 Big 12)