COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 16 Texas A&M women’s tennis team won its 12th consecutive match by defeating Kansas State, 6-1, in front of 508 tonight at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies improve to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 Conference matches. K-State, facing its seventh consecutive ranked opponent, suffers its fourth straight loss and drops to 5-11, 1-4.
First-year Aggie head coach Howard Joffe was impressed with how his team is playing.
“Things are going particularly well,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, I had said to anyone who was willing to listen that I felt like the range on our team between playing extremely well and winning and playing poorly was quite big, and the girls are certainly hitting the upper echelon of that range that I talked about. Today’s match was pretty scary. Kansas State, high up in their lineup they have some very fine players, and they are a scrappy, pretty darn good bunch. We have been off for 10 days, and so I was very pleased that our kids acquitted themselves tonight to keep the momentum going.”
A&M notched wins at the top of the doubles lineup to clinch the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. Juniors Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun jumped out to a 4-1 lead en rout to an 8-4 victory over Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova at the No. 1 line.
Juniors Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina then won their 10th consecutive match to clinch the point, defeating Carmen Borau Ramos and Petra Chuda, 8-5, at No. 2.
The K-State duo of Marketa Trousilova and Carli Wischhoff fought off one match point and prevented a doubles sweep by the Aggies with an 8-7 (7) victory over Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce at the No. 3 court. The loss snapped a five-match winning streak by the Aggie pair.
K-State evened the score at the start of singles as Borau-Ramos topped Oliver, 6-2, 6-0, at the No. 6 line, but it was all A&M for the remainder of the match.
Sun picked up her eighth consecutive singles win after racing to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Wischhoff at the No. 3 court to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead. Cuthbertson followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Trousilova at No. 5 to put A&M ahead, 3-1.
Seventh-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar remained perfect in dual matches, improving to 13-0 with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory over defending Big 12 No. 1 singles champion and 32nd-ranked Niedermayerova to put A&M up, 4-1, and clinch the team victory.
No. 101 Urbina then saddled 89th-ranked Bonacic with a 6-4, 6-2 loss at the No. 2 line, and Santacroce finished off the Wildcats, coming back from a 4-2 deficit in the second set to defeat Amina St. Hill, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 4.
“The girls are fairly confident at the moment, but they are not letting that go to their heads,” Joffe added. “And each day that we have a match, they are excited to play and are challenging themselves to perform well. On that basis, our team becomes quite impressive when at all six singles spots and at the three doubles spots everyone is hungry and firing on all cylinders. That makes for a good team.”
The match against the Wildcats marked 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 also will be competing at the same time, as they take on Oklahoma also at 1 p.m. One ticket is good for both matches.
Sunday also 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.
No. 16 Texas A&M 6, Kansas State 1
March 30, 2012
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
1. (#7) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. (#32) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU), 7-6 (2), 6-1
2. (#101) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. (89) Karla Bonacic (KSU), 6-4, 6-2
3. (#73) Wen Sun (TAMU) def. Carli Wischhoff (KSU), 6-2, 6-1
4. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU), 6-4, 7-5
5. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) def. Marketa Trousilova (KSU), 6-2, 6-3
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Sheri Olivier (TAMU), 6-2, 6-0
Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Sanchez-Quintanar/Sun (TAMU) def. Bonacic/Niedermayerova (KSU), 8-4
2. Cuthbertson/Urbina (TAMU) def. Borau Ramos/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-5
3. Trousilova/Wischhoff (KSU) def. Olivier/Santacroce (TAMU), 8-7 (7)
Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 6, 3, 5, 1*, 2, 4
* - Clinched match
Texas A&M: 12-1, 3-0 Big 12
Kansas State: 5-11, 1-4 Big 12