COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 21st-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team faces its second of four consecutive Top 25 opponents as the Aggies play host to No. 18 Notre Dame in a non-conference match on Monday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The match is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, which also will be hosting the Fighting Irish. The start time for both matches is at 6 p.m., and one ticket is good for both matches. In addition, it will be "Extra Stamp Day,” and every 12th Man Rewards member will receive an extra stamp or scan for attending the matches.
Both the A&M women’s team and the Notre Dame women’s team are coming off losses at No. 12 Baylor. The Aggies (13-2, 4-1 Big 12) will be looking to return to the win column after having their record-setting 13-match winning streak snapped by the Lady Bears, 5-2, in Waco on Thursday.
Notre Dame suffered its second consecutive loss and dropped to 14-7 on the season and 3-6 against Top 25 opponents after falling, 6-1, at Baylor on Saturday.
A&M picked up its points against the Lady Bears by taking the doubles point with victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 lines, and with a win at No. 1 singles, where seventh-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar won her 15th straight match, disposing of 13th-ranked Diana Nakic, 6-4, 6-3. The remainder of the singles matches went Baylor’s way, with three contests going three sets, including two that were decided by a third-set tiebreaker.
Baylor swept Notre Dame in doubles, and the Fighting Irish managed their only point at the No. 4 singles line, where Jennifer Kellner won the first set, 6-1, over Jordaan Sanford and was leading 3-2 in the second set before Sanford retired.
The Aggies have three players ranked in singles: No. 7 Sanchez-Quintanar, who is 15-0 in dual matches, and No. 73 Wen Sun and No. 101 Nazari Urbina, who are both 12-3 in dual matches.
The Fighting Irish are led by No. 54 Shannon Mathews and No. 95 Kristy Frilling, who is looking for her 100th career singles victory. Mathews and Frilling are No. 5 in doubles and are joined in the rankings by Julie Sabacinski and Britney Sanders, who are No. 67 in doubles.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series against A&M, 8-1. The Aggies’ lone victory came in 1990 in the inaugural meeting between the two teams. Notre Dame defeated A&M, 6-1, last year on the Fighting Irish’s home court.
A&M returns to Big 12 play on Friday as the Aggies play host to No. 20 Texas Tech. A&M concludes its regular season home schedule in a State Farm Lone Star Showdown against No. 10 Texas on Tuesday, April 17. First serve for both matches is 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
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