COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska (pronounced saush-ka gav-ril-ov-ska) swept the Southeastern Conference weekly women’s tennis honors as she was named both the SEC Player of the Week and SEC Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced today.
In the Aggies’ only match of the week, the Serbian recorded what is believed to be the highest ranked win in Texas A&M singles history with a come-from-behind 0-6, 6-2, 1-0 (12-10) victory over fifth-ranked Hayley Carter of North Carolina. Her victory also propelled the No. 7 Aggies to the highest ranked team win in school history as A&M went on to defeat the No. 3 Tar Heels, 4-3, Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
With the Tar Heels leading 3-1 and needing only one point to clinch the overall team victory, the unranked Gavrilovska completed a second-set win against Carter to force a decisive third-set 10-point tiebreaker. Gavrilovska lost the first two points of the tiebreaker and later trailed by as much as 6-3 before making her comeback. She would fight off match points at 9-8 and 10-9 and tied the set for the fifth time at 10-10 before taking her first lead at 11-10. Gavrilovska then won the next point to complete the crucial win against Carter and put the surging Aggies within 3-2.
Gavrilovska, who receives her second consecutive freshman of the week citation, improved to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in dual matches. She and the Aggies (3-0) now head to the 16-team ITA National Indoor Championship, to be held Feb. 7-10, in Charlottesville, Va.