COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar has been named the Big 12 Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for matches from March 26-April 1, the league office announced today.
The junior from Campo de Criptana, Spain, collects the honor for the first time in her inaugural season with the Aggies after going a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles last week to help Texas A&M (13-1, 4-0 Big 12) go 2-0 and extend its record-setting winning streak to 13.
Sanchez-Quintanar improved to a perfect 14-0 overall in singles dual matches -- including 10-0 at the No. 1 line and 4-0 in Big 12 matches – and 10-4 in doubles matches, all at the No. 1 line.
The highest nationally ranked singles player in the Big 12 at No. 7, Sanchez-Quintanar clinched the winning point in the Aggies’ 6-1 victory against Kansas State on Friday as she defeated 32nd-ranked and defending Big 12 No. 1 singles champion Petra Niedermayerova in straight sets, 7-6 (2), 6-1. It marked Sanchez-Quintanar’s fourth victory of the spring against a ranked opponent.
Sanchez-Quintanar was first off in singles against Kansas on Sunday, quickly defeating Monica Pezzotti at the No. 1 line, 6-0, 6-2, to give A&M a 2-0 lead against the Jayhawks. It was Sanchez-Quintanar’s 14th consecutive victory, with 13 of the wins coming in straight sets.
Sanchez-Quintanar and partner Wen Sun never trailed in their two doubles matches and contributed to A&M capturing the doubles point against both Kansas State and Kansas. The Aggie duo defeated K-State’s Karla Bonacic and Niedermayerova, 8-4, at the No. 1 line as A&M went on to win two of the three doubles contests.
Against Kansas, Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 victory over Pezzotti and Dylan Windom.
Sanchez-Quintanar and the 16th-ranked Aggies return to action Thursday with a crucial conference showdown against 11th-ranked and seven-time reigning Big 12 regular-season champion Baylor (17-5, 4-1 Big 12) in Waco. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.