COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 16th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team looks to continue its record-setting win streak Friday as the Aggies play host to the Kansas State Wildcats. First serve is at 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The match is part of a twinbill with the A&M men’s tennis team, which will be hosting Oklahoma State also at 6 p.m. on Friday. One ticket is good for both matches, and free pizza will be given to the first 100 fans. In addition, it will be “Junior Aggie Club Day” at the courts. Members will receive a free drawstring bag courtesy of Southwest Dairy Farmers, and a tie-dye station will be set up before the matches.
The Aggie women are 11-1 -- including 2-0 in Big 12 Conference matches -- and are riding a school-record 11-match winning streak under the direction of first-year head coach Howard Joffe. A&M has not played since opening conference play with matches at Missouri and Iowa State on March 16 and 18, respectively. The Aggies broke the program record for consecutive wins with a 6-1 victory against the Tigers and then won their 11th straight with a 6-1 victory at Iowa State.
Seventh-ranked Cristina Sanchez Quintanar continues to be the highest ranked singles player in the Big 12 and is one of three A&M players to be listed in the national singles rankings. The junior from Spain is 12-0 in dual matches, including 8-0 at the No. 1 line and 4-0 at No. 2. She is 25-4 overall, including 9-3 against ranked opponents.
Junior Wen Sun is No. 73 and has won her last seven matches to improve to 10-2 at No. 3 singles. Nazari Urbina, the winner in her last eight matches and ranked No. 101, also is 8-2, having seen action at the top two lines.
Although A&M does not have any ranked doubles teams, the Aggies have been quite successful, winning the doubles point in each of the last 11 matches and boasting a combined 28-7 record at the No. 1-3 lines. Janelle Cuthbertson and Urbina are riding a team-best nine-match winning streak and are 9-1 at the No. 2 position. The senior tandem of Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce has won its last five matches and leads the team in victories with a 10-1 record, all at the No. 3 line. Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun are 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.
Kansas State, which will be facing its seventh consecutive ranked opponent, has lost its last three matches to fall to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12. Most recently, the Wildcats suffered a 7-0 shutout against 55th-ranked Memphis before dropping back-to-back 4-3 nail biters to No. 18 Texas Tech and No. 13 Baylor.
Sophomore Petra Niedermayerova is No. 30 in this week’s ITA national singles rankings with an 11-4 record at the No. 1 line. The defending Big 12 No. 1 singles champion likely will face a rematch with Sanchez-Quintanar, who defeated the Wildcat, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, in the consolation quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Nov. 5 in Flushing, N.Y.
Karla Bonacic is ranked 89th with an 11-4 record in dual matches at the No. 2 position. The junior is 3-1 in conference matches after falling to 27th-ranked Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor, 6-0, 6-1, in her most recent outing.
In doubles, K-State picked up its first doubles point in the last six matches and its sixth overall doubles point in the dual season in the Wildcats’ loss to Baylor. The Wildcats are a combined 20-22 in doubles matches with the only winning record coming at the No. 3 line, where K-State is 8-7.
A&M is 16-1 in the all-time series against the Wildcats, having suffered its only loss last year when 39th-ranked K-State upset No. 25 A&M, 5-2, in Manhattan. K-State is 0-7 against the Aggies in matches played in College Station.
The match against the Wildcats is the first of a two-match weekend homestand for the Aggies. A&M hosts Kansas in a Big 12 contest on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggie men will once again be competing at the same time, as they take on Oklahoma also at 1 p.m.
Sunday will be "Dollar Day" at the Mitchell Tennis Center, and hotdogs, sodas, and popcorn can be purchased for only $1 each. In addition, free pizza and tennis stress balls will be given to the first 100 fans.
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