COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M women’s tennis team puts its 4-0 Big 12 record and its 9-0 home mark on the line Saturday as the Aggies play host to the Oklahoma Sooners. First serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
A&M, 13-3 overall, is coming off a crucial 7-0 victory against previous league-leader and 20th-ranked Colorado Thursday in College Station. The Aggies, who have posted shutouts in each of their four Big 12 matches this season, overtook the Big 12 lead after handing the Buffaloes (10-4, 5-1 Big 12) their first conference loss. Texas, which hosts Colorado on Saturday, also is undefeated in league play with a 3-0 ledger.
Oklahoma is 5-7 overall and in fifth place in the Big 12 with a 2-1 record. The Sooners, who will be playing their third of four consecutive road matches when they face the Aggies, most recently fell to UNLV Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Aggie senior Anna Lubinsky (Richardson, Texas) is the highest nationally ranked singles player in the Big 12, coming in at No. 24. She is 11-2 in dual matches, including 4-0 in Big 12 matches. Freshman Elze Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa), who is 12-3 in dual matches, is ranked No. 83 in singles.
A&M has two teams ranked in doubles: Nicki 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 last week.
A&M is 14-4 in the all-time series against the Sooners and has won the last nine. Last year, the Aggies defeated Oklahoma, 6-1, in Norman. The Sooners have not won a match against A&M since a 7-2 decision in 1999.