Aggie Freshman Gavrilovska Reaches Semifinals

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RANCHO MIRAGE, California -- Texas A&M freshman Saska Gavrilovska reached the semifinals in singles at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, highlighting the Aggies’ final weekend of tournament play before hosting Mississippi State in A&M’s dual match season opener on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

“In spite of two strep throats, a twisted ankle and a few other maladies, we were able to get some good matches,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “In particular, Gavrilovska and (Jana) McCord played some impressive tennis, which is very encouraging since we will be calling on our freshmen to contribute heavily this season."

A&M won five of seven first round matches in straight sets, including victories by all four Aggie freshmen against representatives from University of San Diego and University of Southern California. Gavrilovska then posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory over 79th-ranked Matea Cutura of Pepperdine to advance to the quarterfinals. Gavrilovska won her third consecutive match by defeating Lindsey Kostas of No. 1-ranked Stanford, 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals before falling to ninth-ranked Chanelle van Nguyen of UCLA, 6-4, 6-1, in the semifinals.

Aggie senior Cristina Stancu, who had a first-round bye, won two matches to advance to the semifinals but withdrew from the tournament due to an injury.

In doubles, Stancu and partner Stefania Hristov defeated Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox of Pepperdine, 7-5, in the quarterfinals but were unable to compete in the semifinal match due to an injury.

Complete results are listed below.
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Tournament Results:
Friday, January 17

Doubles First Round (16):
Anna Depenau/Janine Koleta (USD) def. Mason Strickland/Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M) 6-4
Shani Blecher/Columba DiFilippo (USD) def. Paula Deheza/Jana McCord (Texas A&M) 6-1
Samantha Asch/Luisa Fernandez (Wake Forest) def. Rutuja Bhosale/Ines Deheza (Texas A&M)
Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) bye

Singles First Round (32):
Stefani Hristov (Texas A&M) def. Columba DiFilippo (USD) 6-1, 6-0
Mason Strickland (Texas A&M) def. Janine Koleta (USD) 6-2, 6-0
Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M) def. Shani Belcher (USD) 6-4, 6-2
Rutuja Bhosale (Texas A&M) def. Mikaya Morkel-Brink (USD) 6-0, 6-2
Jana McCord (Texas A&M) def. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) 6-0, 6-4
Idil Hacaifoglu ( USD) def. Paula Deheza (Texas A&M) 4-6, 6-3 (10-7)
Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Ines Deheza (Texas A&M) 6-2, 6-4
Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) bye

Singles Round of 16:
Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M) def. #79 Matea Cutura (Pep) 7-5, 6-3
Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) def. Ana Depenau (USD) 6-3, 6-4
Kristie Ahn (Stan) def. Stefani Hristov (Texas A&M) 7-6, 6-2
Lindsey Kostas (Stan) def. Mason Strickland (Texas A&M) 6-3, 6-0
Carole Zhao (Stan) def. Rutuja Bhosale (Texas A&M) (inj.)
#9 Chanelle van Nguyen (UCLA) def. Jana McCord (Texas A&M) 6-3, 6-1

Saturday, January 18

Doubles - Quarterfinals:
Stefania Hristov /Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) def. Matea Cutura /Christine Maddox (Pep) 7-5

Doubles - Semifinals:
First match not played
Samantha Asch /Luisa Fernandez (Wake Forest) def. Stefania Hristov /Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) inj

Singles - Quarterfinals:
Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M) (inj.)
Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M) def. Lindsey Kostas (Stan) 7-5, 6-3

Singles - Semifinals:
#9 Chanelle van Nguyen (UCLA) def. Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M) 6-4, 6-1

Extra Matches:
#79 Matea Cutura (Pep) def. Stefania Hristov (Texas A&M), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Ines Deheza (Texas A&M) def. Amelia Herring (Stan), 6-3, 6-3
Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Paula Deheza (Texas A&M)
Kaitlin Ray/Kelly Shaffer (UCLA) def. Ines Deheza/Saska Gavrilovska (Texas A&M), 6-2

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