A&M Doubles Team Eliminated From NCAAs

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ATHENS, GA -- Texas A&M’s Tiffany Clifford and Sarah Foster bowed out of the NCAA Doubles Championships with a 6-2, 6-2 first-round loss to 29th-ranked Caitlin Collins and Sanaz Marand of North Carolina today at the University of Georgia's McWhorter Courts in Athens, Ga.

“Tiffany and Sarah are an excellent doubles team, but they didn’t get the breaks at the right time and were unable to make a run at anything today,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “We had game points throughout the match, but UNC did not hurt themselves. They were so steady, hitting every ball back and making us play every ball.

“We were sad to see it end, but I am proud how they represented Texas A&M. Sarah has been to the NCAAs in doubles four straight years in doubles, and that is quite an accomplishment.

Clifford, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., and Foster, a senior from Lexington, Ky., became A&M’s first Big 12 Conference No. 1 doubles champions after going 10-1 in league matches, and they earned an automatic berth into the NCAA 32-team field for the second consecutive year by being the highest ranked doubles team in the Big 12 Conference.

They entered postseason ranked No. 31 in the nation and finish the season with a 22-12 overall mark, including a 19-7 record in dual matches, all at the No. 1 position.

Last year, the tandem became only the second A&M doubles team to advanced to the Round of 16, where they were eliminated by Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long, also of North Carolina.

Collins and Marand advance to take on top seeded Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic of William and Mary in the Round of 16.