COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The seventh-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team concludes a four-match home stand Sunday when the Aggies play host to No. 57 LSU at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. First serve is at noon, and the first 100 fans will receive a free tennis croakie.
The home court has been favorable to the Aggies, who improved to 7-0 at home with a 4-0 victory over No. 39 Arkansas on Friday. It marked A&M’s fourth consecutive victory and its sixth win in the last seven matches overall. A&M also improved to 10-3 for the full season, including 4-1 in Southeastern Conference matches.
LSU snapped a four-match losing skid and improved to 8-6 overall and 1-4 in SEC matches with a 6-1 victory at Missouri on Friday.
A&M has won the last five meetings against LSU and owns a 24-10 lead in the all-time series, including an 11-4 mark in matches played in College Station. Last year, the Aggies defeated the Tigers, 7-0, in Baton Rouge, La., in the first-ever meeting as SEC foes. LSU’s most recent victory against the Aggies was in 2009, as the Tigers escaped College Station with a narrow 4-3 decision.
Individually, Cristina Stancu and Saska Gavrilovska, the reigning SEC player and SEC freshman of the week, respectively, pace the Aggies in singles matches. Stancu is riding a six-match win streak and boasts a No. 14 national singles ranking. The senior from Romania is 24-7 overall, including 8-3 in dual matches at the No. 1 line, and she is 4-0 in SEC matches only.
Gavrilovska, a freshman from Serbia, is No. 56 in the latest ITA national singles rankings. She is riding a three-match win streak and is 12-6 overall, 8-3 in dual matches and 3-1 in conference contests.
No. 110 Anna Mamalat, a sophomore from Philadelphia, completes the list of Aggies in the singles rankings.
The Aggies, who have not dropped a doubles match in SEC contests, have two ranked doubles teams. Stancu and partner Stefania Hristov reappeared in the rankings at No. 23 after being unranked for the first time in over a year in the previous individual rankings released in late February. The duo is 17-7 overall and 6-2 in dual matches at the No. 1 line, including 2-0 in SEC play.
The duo of Gavrilovska and Ines Deheza entered the rankings for the first time earlier this week, coming in at No. 60. They are 5-0 in dual matches at the No. 2 line, including 4-0 in SEC matches only.
Rutuja Bhosale and Mamalat are 4-0 in dual matches at the No. 3 line, including 2-0 in conference contests.
No. 69 Joana Vale Costa is the lone ranked LSU player. She is 8-3 overall after suffering the Tigers’ only loss against Missouri. Abigail Owens is tied with Vale Costa for most wins in dual matches with an 8-4 record. With a straight-set victory at Missouri, Owens enters the A&M match having won five of her last six singles contests.
Owens also has been on a roll in doubles as she and her partner, Gabrielle Otero, have won their last six matches and are 3-0 in SEC matches only.
Free live video and scoring of the match will be available at AggieAthletics.com.
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