COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M swept this week’s Southeastern Conference women’s tennis honors as senior Cristina Stancu was named the SEC Player of the Week and Saska Gavrilovska (pronounced saush-ka gav-ril-ov-ska) was selected SEC Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced today.
Stancu and Gavrilovska, who receives the rookie honor for the third time this season, paced A&M to 4-2 victories over both No. 22 Kentucky and No. 7 Vanderbilt as the Aggies improved to 9-3 overall, 3-1 in SEC matches and 6-0 in home contests.
Stancu, from Constanta, Romania, went 2-0 against ranked opponents at No. 1 singles, extending her win streak to a team-leading five matches and improving to 23-7 overall, including 15-4 against ranked opponents as well as 3-0 in SEC matches, all at the No. 1 line. Stancu, who moved up one spot to No. 14 in this week’s ITA national singles rankings, clinched the Aggies’ 4-2 victory against the Wildcats with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 victory over 51st-ranked Nadia Ravita. Stancu also had clinched the doubles point against the Wildcats after she and partner Stefania Hristov defeated Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten, 8-4, at the No. 1 line.
On Sunday against the Commodores, Stancu helped the Aggies post their fifth victory against a Top 25 team this season by defeating 60th-ranked Georgina Sellyn, 6-4, 6-0.
Gavrilovska went a combined 4-0 in the two matches. She teamed with Ines Deheza in doubles and picked up two ranked victories at the No. 2 line. The duo helped A&M remain undefeated in SEC doubles matches, defeating both 57th-ranked Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky, 8-2, and 50th-ranked Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares of Vanderbilt, 8-6, to improve to 3-0 in SEC doubles matches. With the recent success, the Aggie tandem jumped into this week’s national doubles rankings for the first time, coming in at No. 60.
Gavrilovska posted straight-set wins in both singles matches, beginning with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Kentucky’s Kelsey Dieters at the No. 3 line. Due to an injury in the lineup, Gavrilovska moved up to the No. 2 line against Vanderbilt and won four consecutive games to close out a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 107th-ranked Sydney Campbell.
The Serbia native improved to 12-6 overall in singles, including 8-3 in dual matches and 3-1 in SEC matches. She also moved up one spot to No. 56 in the most recent national singles rankings.
The Aggies conclude a four-match home stand this weekend as they play host to No. 39 Arkansas, Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 57 LSU, Sunday at noon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Free tennis croakies will be given to the first 100 fans to attend the Sunday match against the Tigers.
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