WACO, Texas -- Seventh-ranked Texas A&M won its sixth consecutive match with a 4-1 victory over No. 14 Baylor tonight at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Aggies, winners of nine of their last 10 matches overall, improve to 12-3, while Baylor falls to 10-6.
The match was part of the USTA’s College MatchDay series, with singles being contested first and doubles to be competed only if there was a 3-3 tie at the completion of singles.
The Aggies, who narrowly defeated the Bears, 4-3, earlier this season in College Station, won four of six first sets and took a 1-0 lead after Stefania Hristov defeated Victoria Kisialeva, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 5 court.
Cristina Stancu, ranked 23rd in singles, won her eighth consecutive match and put A&M ahead, 2-0, with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over 52nd-ranked Kiah Generette at the No. 1 line. Rutuja Bhosale then gave the Aggies a commanding 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alex Clay at No. 6.
Blaire Shankle put the Bears on the scoreboard with 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 over win 100th-ranked Anna Mamalat at fifth singles before Ines Deheza capped the match for A&M with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 68th-ranked Ema Burgic.
A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska was making a comeback on the No. 3 court when the match was clinched. The freshman had dropped the first set against Jordaan Sanford, 6-3, but took the second set 6-4 and held a 2-0 lead in the third set when play was stopped.
The Aggies return to Southeastern Conference play Sunday when they play host to the Missouri Tigers. First serve is at 12 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, where the Aggies are 8-0.
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Texas A&M Head Coach Howard Joffe Quotes:
“This would definitely go down this season as one of the matches where I couldn’t be more delighted with our team. Of course the obvious is we beat a very fine team on their home court and beat them fairly convincingly. So winning and those sorts of things are obviously exciting, but it was more sort of the method and the way we went about it. We do have a young team and we had people contributing, fighting and actually playing, excuse the cliché, way beyond their years. Ines (Deheza) was fantastic. Saska (Gavrilovska) got down a set, things weren’t going well and the crowd was on her, and yet when the match was stopped, she was leading 2-love in the second set, so she turned it around.(Stefania) Hristov avenged a loss to (Victoria) Kisialeva from the fall and did it comprehensively. And Rutuja (Bhosale) took it to her girl pretty good, and so those are all young people who are contributing really well and showing some maturity.”
(On returning to SEC play against Missouri on Sunday)
“Just the big thing at this moment for us, and it is no surprise for any head coach, is to try to stay as healthy as possible and as motivated as possible because if we continue as we are, we are going to get to play a lot of meaningful and important matches in the next couple of weeks. Obviously, another old coaching adage, one at a time. Missouri is a team that will have no pressure and will be excited to play, so we will need to rest up and be ready to go come Sunday.”
No. 7 Texas A&M 4, No. 14 Baylor 1
Hurd Tennis Center
March 19, 2014
1. #14 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Kiah Generette (BU), 6-0, 6-4
2. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Ema Burgic (BU), 6-3, 6-4
3. #56 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) vs. Jordaan Sanford (BU), 3-6, 6-4, 2-0 unfinished
4. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Victoria Kisialeva (BU), 6-3, 6-1
5. Blair Shankle (BU) def. #110 Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
6. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Alex Clay (BU), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish
Singles: 4, 1, 6, 5, 2
Texas A&M: 12-3