COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M women’s tennis team begins its fall season Friday at the 33rd Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, hosted by Marquette at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis.
The Aggies open the three-day, mock-dual tournament playing doubles against Wisconsin at 9 a.m. A&M, playing in the tournament for the third consecutive year, then plays singles against Marquette beginning at 3 p.m. Results count toward only individual records and do not count as a team competition.
On Saturday, A&M plays doubles against Alabama at 9 a.m. and faces Wisconsin in singles at 3 p.m. The Aggies conclude the tournament Sunday, playing Alabama in singles at 11 a.m. and Marquette in doubles at 1 p.m.
Aggie coach Bobby Kleinecke returns five letterwinners from last year’s team that went 17-9, including 8-2 in the Big 12, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships.
Highlighting the list of returners is junior Elzé Potgieter (pronounced el-ZAY POTE-geeter), a member of the 2008 All-Big 12 Team in singles and ranked No. 74 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, released earlier this month.
Also returning is sophomore Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.), who led the Aggies with 29 singles victories last year, as well as the sophomore duo of Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.), who were the Big 12 champions at the No. 3 doubles line after going 11-0 in conference matches.
In addition, Kleinecke brings in three freshmen, including TennisRecruiting.net five-star recruit Ashley Turpin (New Braunfels, Texas) and four-star recruits Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) and Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas).
Friday, September 19
9a.m. Women's Doubles Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
3 p.m. Women's Singles Marquette vs. Texas A&M
Saturday, September 20
9 a.m. Women's Doubles Alabama vs. Texas A&M
3 p.m. Women's Singles Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Sunday, September 21
11 a.m. Women's Singles Alabama vs. Texas A&M
1 p.m. Women's Doubles Marquette vs. Texas A&M
2008-09 Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Roster
Name Ht. Cl-Exp. Hometown (High School/College)
Christina Amo 5-7 Jr-1L Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley/Texas State)
Stephanie Davidson 5-8 So-1L Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas (Boerne)
Morgan Frank 5-3 So-1L Oldsmar, Fla. (American School)
Christi Liles 5-6 So-1L Largo, Fla. (University of Miami Online High School)
Sheri Olivier 5-11 Fr-HS Topeka, Kan. (Washburn Rural High)
Elzé Potgieter 5-5 Jr-2L Bloemfontein, South Africa (Tuks Sport Study Centre)
Lauren Santacroce 5-6 Fr-HS Spring, Texas (Klein)
Ashley Turpin 5-7 Fr-HS New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels)
Head Women’s Tennis Coach: Bobby Kleinecke (West Texas A&M ’78)
Career Record: 374-42 (23 years)
A&M Record: 374-42 (23 years)
Assistant Coach: Mark Weaver (Texas A&M ’95)