COLLEGE STATION -- The 26th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team ended No. 20 Colorado’s four-match winning streak and handed the Buffaloes their first Big 12 Conference loss with a crucial 7-0 victory today in front of 317 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
With the win, A&M improves to 13-3 overall and remains undefeated in the Big 12 at 4-0 – all by shutouts. In addition, the Aggies improve to 9-0 in home matches.
Colorado (10-4, 5-1 Big 12), whose No. 20 ranking ties the program high set back in 1981, entered the match riding its best start in league play in school history and coming off its biggest win in school history after knocking off No. 12 William and Mary. The Buffs, however, were unable to end a losing streak against A&M and suffered their ninth consecutive loss to the Aggies.
“Colorado has some great wins,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “They have a great team. They fight hard. They did the same thing (in Boulder) last year; they fought very hard. We had the same result, but we have been fortunate to get it. It is not anything we take for granted.”
After the two teams split matches at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, the doubles point came down to the No. 2 line, where A&M’s 32nd-ranked duo of Anna Lubinsky and Nicki Mechem held off Franziska Jendrian and Monica Milewski, 8-5, to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
A&M, which entered the match with a 12-0 mark when capturing the doubles point, took a 2-0 lead after Tiffany Clifford disposed of Victoria Almagno, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 6 singles line.
Elze Potgieter, ranked No. 83, followed with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Gleisy Torres Torres at No. 4 to put the Aggies ahead, 3-0, and Mechem clinched the win with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Melisa Esposito at No. 5.
Veera Nurmi, who was slated to play at the No. 4 line, was out with an illness, which forced Torres Torres, Esposito and Almagno to each move up one spot in the lineup.
Sarah Foster kept the shutout intact with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Camila Belassi at No. 2.
The final two matches were determined by a super tiebreaker. In a battle of ranked of ranked players who both entered the match undefeated in league play, No. 24 Lubinsky held off 35th-ranked Milewski, 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (5). Lubinsky trailed, 4-2, in the tiebreaker, but went on an 8-1 run to clinch the win and improve to 4-0 in Big 12 matches. Milewski had her eight-match winning streak snapped and she suffered her first conference loss in six matches.
Anna Blagodarova completed the sweep, overcoming a 6-0 deficit in the super tiebreaker to defeat Jendrian, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (11).
The Aggies return to the courts Saturday as they play host to Oklahoma (5-6, 2-1 Big 12) at 1:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
No. 26 Texas A&M 7, No. 20 Colorado 0
1. (#24) Anna Lubinsky (A&M) def. (#35) Monica Milewski (CU), 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (5)
2. Sarah Foster (A&M) def. Camila Belassi (CU), 6-0, 6-4
3. Anna Blagodarova (A&M) def. Franziska Jendrian (CU), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (11)
4. Elze Potgieter (A&M) def. Gleisy Torres Torres (CU), 6-2, 6-3
5. Nicki Mechem (A&M) def. Melisa Esposito (CU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Tiffany Clifford (A&M) def. Victoria Almagno (CU), 6-1, 6-0
Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. (#42) Clifford/Foster (A&M) def. Belassi/Torres Torres (CU), 8-3
2. (#32) Lubinsky/Mechem (A&M) def. Jendrian/Milewski (CU), 8-5
3. (#55) Esposito/Martina Sedivec (CU) def. Blagodarova/Michelle Sammons (A&M), 8-6
Order of finish (D1, D3, D2, S6, S4, S5*, S2, S1, S3)
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center (Attendance: 317)
Team records: Texas A&M (13-3, 4-0 Big 12); Colorado (10-4, 5-1 Big 12)