Ags Claim Big XII Tennis Titles

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M’s Morgan Frank is the Big 12 No. 2 singles champion after going 10-1 in conference matches, and the doubles team of Sheri Olivier and Elzé Potgieter is the Big 12 No. 3 doubles champion with a 9-2 record.

This marks the second singles title for Frank, a sophomore from Oldsmar, Fla., who is 20-2 all-time in Big 12 regular season matches during her two-year career. Frank, who is 15-7 overall at the No. 2 line this season, was the No. 5 singles champion as a freshman after posting a 10-1 record in conference matches.

The doubles title is the first for both Potgieter, a junior from Bloemfontein, South Africa, and Olivier, a freshman from Topeka, Kan. The duo enters the Big 12 Championships with a 16-3 overall record and riding a five-match winning streak.

Individual Big 12 champions are crowned for each of the six singles positions and all three doubles flights based on the number of conference wins during the regular season. A player must have competed in at least six matches at a set position to qualify for a conference title. In addition, wins at higher positions count toward the record in which an athlete has played a minimum of six matches.

A&M (13-9, 9-2 Big 12) is the No. 3 seed at the Big 12 Championships, which begin Thursday at the Headington Family Center on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla. By finishing in the top four in the league standings, the Aggies receive a first-round bye and will open play Friday at 6 p.m. against either No. 6 seed Oklahoma State or No. 11 seed Iowa State.

2009 Big 12 Individual Champions
No. 1 Singles: Maria Constantinescu, Oklahoma (11-0)
No. 2 Singles: Morgan Frank, Texas A&M (10-1)
No. 3 Singles: Krista Damico, Texas (8-3)
No. 4 Singles: Iryna Khatsko, Oklahoma State and Maggie Mello, Texas (9-1)
No. 5 Singles: Sarah Lancaster, Texas (8-0)
No. 6 Singles: Sophia Ayala, Missouri (7-2)

No. 1 Doubles: Edina Horvath-Katerina Morozova, Kansas (7-3) and Camila Belassi and Melisa Esposito, Colorado (7-4)
No. 2 Doubles: Tara Eckel/Marie-Pier Huet (8-1)
No. 3 Doubles: Sheri Olivier/Elzé Potgieter, Texas A&M (9-2)

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