OXFORD, Miss. – Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Matches #25:
No. 16 Texas A&M (20-5, 8-4 SEC) vs No. 49 Ole Miss (11-11, 4-8 SEC)
Sunday, April 13, 2019 • 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center • Oxford, MS
The No. 16 Texas A&M women’s tennis team completes their regular season at Ole Miss (11-11, 4-8) Sunday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. The Aggies (20-5, 8-4) and Rebels are set to compete at 1 p.m. (CT).
“We are looking to close out the regular season with a high note,” Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach Mark Weaver said. “Ole Miss has a very good team that has lost a lot of close matches. It is the same team as last year with the exception of their top player, No. 2 Arianne Hartono, so they are a team that is not to be taken lightly. We need to compete at the high level that we have been at all year. We don’t know if we will be playing outdoors in some chilly, windy conditions or indoors, so whatever challenges we might face we need to be ready to go on all fronts.”
The Aggies are looking to close out the regular season with a solid showing in Mississippi as they have aspirations for a top-four finish in the SEC standings. Heading into action on Sunday, the Aggies are tied with No. 18 Tennessee (18-6, 8-4) for fourth as the Lady Vols challenge No. 24 Kentucky (17-6, 7-5) Sunday afternoon. The top-four teams will receive a double bye in the upcoming SEC Tournament at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, April 17-21.
A&M has posted an astonishing 94-31 singles record and 41-17 doubles mark in dual matches this spring. The depth on the A&M roster is unparalleled in the league, the Aggies are the only team in the SEC that has seven players with at least 10 dual wins, the next closest is Kentucky with six players with double digit victories.
Texas A&M is by far the youngest team in the country with five freshman and three sophomores. The freshman class was ranked as the No. 2 recruiting class last spring, the Aggies were one of only two schools to sign multiple blue chip recruits signing three versus Stanford’s two.
A&M enlists a pair of ranked singles players and one doubles team, highlighted by Katya Townsend at No. 50 in the national rankings. Townsend, a freshman from Coconut Creek, Florida, has posted a 13-5 mark in dual matches including four ranked wins including the highest ranked win by a freshman in program history. Townsend’s classmate, Jayci Goldsmith, moved to No. 62 in this week’s rankings as she has recorded back-to-back wins against ranked opponents and improved to 16-5 this spring with a win at Mississippi State on Friday.
The Aggies’ No. 1 doubles team of Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova are ranked No. 28 this week. The duo have gone 15-6 on the top doubles court, including a top-10 win last week at LSU as the defeated the defending NCAA Doubles Champions.
A&M Sophomore Riley McQuaid has been nearly unbeatable this spring, going 17-4 in dual matches and 6-3 in league play. McQuaid’s 17 dual wins leads the SEC and surpasses her team-leading total of 15 dual victories a season ago.
After the match in Oxford, the Aggies return to College Station to host the SEC Tournament, April 17-21.
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