Aggies Host Tech on Senior Day

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 20th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team celebrates “Senior Day” Saturday as the Aggies play host to the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. Sarah Foster, Anna Lubinsky and Nicki Mechem, A&M’s three seniors, will be honored prior to the match, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

In celebration of “Senior Day”, all fans wearing their Aggie Ring will receive free general admission. In addition, the first 200 fans will receive a free food coupon from Buffalo Wild Wings.

A&M is 15-4 overall and in third place in the Big 12 Conference with a 5-1 mark after dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 15 Baylor Wednesday in College Station. The setback marked A&M’s first home loss of the season in 12 matches. In addition, the Aggies fell to 15-1 when winning the doubles point this season.

Tech is 9-8 overall and in ninth place in the league with a 2-5 conference record. The Lady Raiders are coming off a 5-2 loss at Kansas State on Sunday.

A&M dominates the series against the Lady Raiders, having posted a 29-1 mark since 1980. The Aggies are riding a 22-match winning streak against Tech, including 11 straight since Big 12 play began in 1997.

Last year, A&M won two of three doubles matches and won all six singles matches in straight sets to shut out Texas Tech, 7-0, at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock.

A&M has two singles players and two doubles teams in the national rankings. Lubinsky, who is 12-3 at the No. 1 line, is the highest ranked singles player in the Big 12, coming in at a career-high No. 17. Freshman Elze Potgieter, 14-4 in dual matches, is No. 87.

At No. 34, Lubinsky and Mechem are the highest rated doubles team in the league. The pair is 15-2 in dual matches, including 6-0 in Big 12 matches. Foster and Tiffany Clifford, who play the No. 1 line, are listed No. 46 nationally and also are undefeated in six Big 12 matches. They enter the Tech match riding a team-leading six-match winning streak.

The Aggies close out a six-match home stand, as well as the regular-season home schedule, on Sunday when they play host to 67th-ranked Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls are 15-5, 7-2 in the Big 12, entering a Saturday contest at Texas.