Aggies Host No. 20 Colorado in Crucial Big 12 Match

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team faces a crucial Big 12 match against No. 20 Colorado Thursday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The start of the match has been changed to 4 p.m. to allow fans to also watch the Aggie men’s basketball NCAA Regional game against Memphis at 6:27 p.m.

The match will be a battle of Big 12 unbeatens. No. 26 Texas A&M, which has never lost a home match to Colorado, is 3-0 in league play, having recorded 7-0 shutouts in all three matches. In addition, A&M is 8-0 in home matches this season.

The Aggies are 12-3 overall and have not played since a 6-0 setback at No. 33 Vanderbilt on March 13.

Colorado, 10-3 overall, is on top of the league standings and is making its best conference start in school history with a 5-0 mark. The Buffaloes are coming off their biggest upset win in school history, having defeated non-conference foe and 12th-ranked William and Mary on March 14. It was CU’s second top-15 victory in 10 days, having also defeated No. 14 Baylor on March 4.

The win against Baylor marked the start of a four-match winning streak for Colorado, which has seen its national ranking skyrocket to No. 20, tying the program high set back in 1981.

Aggie senior Anna Lubinsky (Richardson, Texas) is the highest nationally ranked singles player in the Big 12, coming in at No. 24. She is 10-2 in dual matches, including 3-0 in Big 12 matches. In addition, Lubinsky’s 102 career victories ties teammate Nicki Mechem (Fredericksburg, Texas) for the A&M all-time record.

Freshman Elze Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa), who leads A&M with 11 wins in dual matches, is ranked No. 83 in singles.

A&M has two teams ranked in doubles: Mechem and Lubinsky are No. 32 and Tiffany Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) and Sarah Foster (Lexington, Ky.) moved up to No. 42 following their victory over then-26th ranked Amanda Fish and Amanda Taylor of Vanderbilt.

Sophomore Monica Milewski, who is ranked No. 35 in singles and has twice received Big 12 Player of the Week honors over the last three weeks, leads Colorado. Milewski is 5-0 in Big 12 matches and is riding an overall eight-match winning streak, including a victory against fifth-ranked Megan Moulton-Levy of William and Mary in her last outing.

CU’s doubles team of Melisa Esposito and Martina Sedivec is 6-0 in dual matches and ranked No. 55 in the nation.

A&M is 9-2 in the all-time series and has won the last eight meetings against the Buffaloes. In addition, A&M is 5-0 against CU in matches played in College Station.

Free A&M tennis antennae balls will be given to the first 200 fans at Thursday’s match.