Aggies Host Rice Owls on Dollar Day

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 14th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team continues its six-match homestand Saturday with a match against former Southwest Conference-foe Rice. First serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Saturday also is “Dollar Day” at the courts, where general admission tickets, popcorn, drinks and candy will be available for $1 each while supplies last.

A&M is 14-3, which ties the 1986, 1996 and 2002 teams for the second best start in program history after 17 matches. A win against Rice will tie the 1997 team for the all-time best start after 18 matches.

The Aggies also enter the Rice match with a perfect 10-0 home record after defeating both No. 20 Colorado and Oklahoma last week at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Senior Anna Lubinsky (Richardson, Texas) leads the Aggies and is the highest nationally ranked singles player in the Big 12, coming in at No. 24. She is 12-2 in dual matches. Freshman Elze Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa), who is 13-3 in dual matches, is ranked No. 83 in singles.

A&M also has two teams ranked in doubles: Nicki Mechem (Fredericksburg, Texas) and Lubinsky are No. 32 and Tiffany Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) and Sarah Foster (Lexington, Ky.) are No. 42.

Rice is 4-12 entering a Friday contest against Texas-Pan American. In their previous outing, the Owls dropped a 4-1 decision at SMU on March 24.

A&M has won the last five meetings against the Owls and owns a 22-8 record in the all-time series. The Aggies defeated Rice, 5-2, last year in College Station.

The Aggies have only three regular-season home matches remaining following the Rice contest. A&M hosts defending Big 12-champion Baylor on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. The Aggies then celebrate “Senior Day” against Texas Tech at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 and close out the regular-season home schedule Sunday, April 15 against Oklahoma State at 1:30 p.m.