Aggies To Begin NCAA Individual Tennis Championships

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M’s Anna Lubinsky will face No. 5 seed and defending national singles champion Susie Babos of the University of California (Berkeley) in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships, and the Aggie doubles team of Tiffany Clifford and Sarah Foster will take on Caitlin Collins and Sanaz Marand of North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships, the NCAA announced today.

The 64-player singles championship gets underway Wednesday with Lubinsky taking court at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Clifford and Foster will face Collins and Marand Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at a time to be announced.

Lubinsky, a senior from Richardson, Texas, is making her second appearance in the 64-player tournament field. She advanced to the second round last year before falling to two-time NCAA champion Amber Liu of Stanford.

The 2007 Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year and the Big 12 No. 1 singles champion, Lubinsky is ranked No. 25 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings and enters the tournament with a 25-10 overall record, including an 17-5 mark in dual matches only.

The winner between Lubinsky and Babos advances to the Round of 32 and faces the winner between Ani Mijacika of Clemson and Lindsay Burdette of Stanford on Thursday.

Clifford and Foster are ranked No. 31 in the nation and received their second automatic berth into the 32-team doubles field by being the highest ranked team in the Big 12. Clifford, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., and Foster, a senior from Lexington, Ky., are 22-11 overall, including 19-7 in dual matches only. They also were the Big 12 No. 1 doubles champions after going 10-1 at the No. 1 line in league matches.

The winner of the doubles match advances to the Round of 16 and will face the winner between No. 1 seed Meghan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic of William and Mary and Roxanne Clarke and Kady Pooler of Arizona State on Friday.

Last year, Clifford and Foster became only the second A&M tandem to advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships, coming from behind to upset Moulton-Levy and Zoricic in three sets in the opening match before falling to sixth-ranked Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long of North Carolina.

Although Lubinsky and Clifford are making their second appearance in the NCAA tournament, Foster is making her fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA championships, but her second appearance as an Aggie. The transfer from the University of Kentucky represented the Wildcats in both singles and doubles in 2004 and 2005 but did not win a doubles match until last year.

This is the fifth consecutive year A&M has had a representative in the NCAA singles competition and the eight time overall. This is the 11th time A&M has had a team in the doubles tournament.