COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M women’s tennis team is ranked No. 25 in the nation and No. 2 in the Southwest Region in the final FILA collegiate tennis rankings, administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
In addition, A&M’s Anna Lubinsky (Richardson, Texas) is ranked No. 30 in the final national singles rankings after advancing to the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship, and freshman teammate Elze Potgieter (Bloemfontein , South Africa) is listed No. 119.
In the national doubles rankings, the A&M tandem of Tiffany Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) and Sarah Foster (Lexington, Ken.) is ranked No. 36, the highest ranking by a team representing the Big 12 Conference. The duo of Lubinsky and Nicki Mechem (Fredericksburg, Texas) is ranked No. 50.
Georgia Tech finished No. 1 in the team rankings after winning its first national championship. Audra Cohen of the University of Miami ended the season ranked No. 1 in singles after winning the NCAA singles title. Sara Anundson and Jenna Long of the University of North Carolina earned the No. 1 doubles ranking after capturing the NCAA doubles championship.
Five Aggies were listed among the top 30 singles players in the Southwest Region. Lubinsky, Potgieter and Foster are listed No. 4, No. 12 and No. 15, respectively. Junior Anna Blagodarova (Toronto, Ontario) is No. 20 and Mechem is listed No. 26.
Clifford and Foster, who advanced to the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship, are listed No. 3 in the region, and Lubinsky and Mechem are No. 6.
Baylor was the top ranked team in the Southwest Region. Megan Falcon of LSU was the top singles player in the region, while TCU’s Ana Cetnick and Anna Sydorska took top billing in the region’s doubles rankings.
The Aggies finished the season with a 21-7 record after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. They tied for third in the Big 12 with a 9-2 mark.
Mechem and Lubinsky completed their stellar careers as the top two leaders in victories in both singles and doubles in A&M history. Mechem broke the records in both categories by compiling a 113-43 record in singles and a 117-38 mark in doubles. Lubinsky posted a 109-46 record in singles and a 107-41 ledger in doubles.
Foster, who immediately bolstered the A&M lineup after transferring from the University of Kentucky prior to the 2005-06 academic year, also completed her eligibility.