ORLANDO, Florida -- Texas A&M women’s tennis freshman Katya Townsend defeated Michaela Haet of Rice Monday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships at the USTA National Campus.
“Katya [Townsend] played extremely well today and set the tone right from the start,” Weaver said. “Michaela [Haet] is a very good player that she lost to just a few weeks ago, so it was nice to see the improvement Katya with an elevated level of play and execution.”
No. 52 Townsend defeated No. 63 Haet, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to Tuesday’s second round. The A&M right-hander avenged a loss at the hands of Haet in the first round of the team championship on May 4 in Austin. With the win, Townsend advances to face No. 1 and top-seeded Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami (FL) on Tuesday.
“There was definitely a mix of nerves and excitement in the days leading up to the match and as I went on court,” Townsend said. “I just knew how much I wanted to win and show how I can play. I felt like this was a solid first round for me. Michaela [Haet] is a really good player, I played her a few weeks ago and I have a lot of respect for her. So far it has been such a great atmosphere here in Florida for NCAA’s and I’m so pumped to compete again tomorrow. I feel like I can still raise my game even higher and I know will give it my all.”
Texas A&M’s doubles tandem of Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova are on location hoping to receive a place in the doubles bracket, scheduled to begin play on Tuesday. The pair were listed as the second alternate when the field was announced last month.
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2019 NCAA Singles and Doubles National Championships
Round of 64
No. 52 Katya Townsend (TAMU) def. No. 63 Michaela Haet (RICE) 6-2, 6-2
Round of 32
No. 52 Katya Townsend (TAMU) vs. No. 1 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM)