COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Texas A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (pronounced keen-tah-nar) went a combined 6-0 in doubles and singles matches – including three ranked wins – to earn Big 12 Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honors for April 16-22, the league office announced today.
The junior from Campo de Criptana, Spain, receives the accolade for the second time this season after leading Texas A&M to a 3-0 record against ranked opponents last week and completing Big 12 singles play with a perfect 9-0 record at the No. 1 line.
In the Aggies’ 4-3 win against No. 6 Texas to begin the week, each team had won a doubles match before Sanchez and partner Wen Sun clinched the crucial point for A&M in the last doubles match standing. Sanchez-Quintanar aced the final point to cap the victory against Krista Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach at No. 1 court, giving the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
Sanchez-Quintanar was first off in singles against the Longhorns, coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the first set by winning 11 consecutive games to defeat 62nd-ranked Damico, 6-3, 6-0. The Aggies went on to post their highest ranked win since 2004 while handing Texas its first conference loss of the season.
At OSU, Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun posted one of A&M’s two doubles wins to help give the Aggies a 1-0 lead against the Cowgirls. In a match-up of ranked opponents, the Aggie duo defeated 58th-ranked Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose, 8-3, at the No. 1 line.
In singles, Sanchez-Quintanar was once again first off as she extended her games winning streak to 18 en route to defeating C.C. Sardinha, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1. The Aggies went on to defeat No, 51 OSU, 5-2 in Stillwater.
In the regular season finale at Oklahoma, Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun clinched the doubles point for A&M with an 8-6 victory over 39th-ranked Marie-Pier Huet and Whitney Ritchie. It was the second highest-ranked victory of the season for the A&M pair.
In singles, Sanchez-Quintanar raced to a 6-0 first-set victory against Ritchie, but Ritchie became the only Big 12 player to take a set off the Aggie in conference play with a 6-3 win in the second. Sanchez-Quintanar then jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set and went on to win 6-2 to register a critical point in the Aggies’ 4-3 victory over the 46th-ranked Sooners.
Sanchez-Quintanar improved to 32-5 overall in singles, moving into a tie for fourth in the A&M records for most singles victories in a season. She also moved to 19-1 in dual matches, including 9-0 in conference play at the No. 1 line.
She and Sun finished 7-2 in Big 12 matches and improved to 14-6 in dual matches, all at the No. 1 line. The pair is riding a four-match winning streak entering the 2012 Big 12 Tennis Championships, to be hosted by Texas A&M, April 26-29, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggie women (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) will be the No. 3 seed and open tournament play Friday against No. 6 seed Kansas State at 3 p.m.
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