STARKVILLE, Mississippi -- The No. 16 Texas A&M women’s tennis team defeated Mississippi State, 4-2, Thursday evening at the AJ Pitts Tennis Centre. The Aggies (20-5, 8-4) and Bulldogs (12-12, 3-9) played Thursday evening due to inclement weather in the forecast Friday.
“Great team win by the group today after having to move the match up from Friday,” Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach Mark Weaver said. “Mississippi State has won a lot of doubles points against some very good team this year, so it was important for us to take that lead. Losing four first sets is never a good thing especially on the road, but it was an excellent response overall to come back and get the 4-2 and likely a 5-2 win if Katya’s [Townsend] match would have been played out. Jayci [Goldsmith] played an amazing second set to turn that around and finished very strong in the third set to close out the win. The birthday girl Lucia [Quiterio] was the first off the court to get us a quick second point and Tatiana [Makarova] wasn’t far behind with a very decisive win as well on her court.”
The Aggies’ No. 1 doubles team of Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova, ranked No. 28, opened the match with an impressive 6-1 win on court one over MSU’s Magda Adaloglou and Tamara Racine, ranked No. 66. The A&M duo improved to 15-6 on the top doubles court, including a top-10 win last week at LSU as they defeated the defending NCAA Doubles Champions.
A&M’s Riley McQuaid and Lucia Quiterio clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 triumph on court three over the Bulldog pair of Janina Braun and Meredith Roberts. The Aggie tandem improved to 8-4 together after capturing their sixth SEC win of the year. The doubles clincher was their second straight as a duo and Quiterio’s team-leading seventh.
Quiterio posted A&M’s second point of the night with a 6-0, 6-2 win on court six. Quiterio, a freshman from Benedita, Portugal, improved to 12-2 in dual matches and 2-1 in league play.
MSU turned the momentum with four first sets in singles action, converting a pair of those into straight set wins on court four and five to even the match at two-all.
A&M regained the lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win by Tatiana Makarova on court three over MSU’s Adaloglou. Makarova posted her 13th dual win of the spring and 19th overall victory this year to push A&M ahead 3-2.
No. 62 Goldsmith clinched the win for the Aggies, winning in three-sets on court two over MSU’s Anastasia Rentouli. Goldsmith’s 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 win was her 25th win this year, the most by an Aggie in 2018-19, and improved her dual record to 16-5, the second most wins by an Aggie this spring.
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. Heading into action on Thursday, the Aggies were tied with No. 24 Kentucky (17-5, 7-4) for fifth and trail No. 18 Tennessee (18-5, 8-3) for fourth by one match. The top-four teams will receive a double bye in the upcoming SEC Tournament at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, April 17-21.
The Aggies round out the regular season at Ole Miss on Sunday before returning to College Station to host the SEC Tournament.
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Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M vs Mississippi State
4/11/19 at Starkville, MS
(A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre)
#16 Texas A&M 4, Mississippi State 2
1. #65 Emma Antonaki (MS) vs. #50 Katya Townsend (TAMU) 6-1, 1-6, 4-5, unfinished
2. #62 Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) def. Anastasia Rentouli (MS) 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. Magda Adaloglou (MS) 6-3, 6-2
4. Tamara Racine (MS) def. Renee McBryde (TAMU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Janina Braun (MS) def. Riley McQuaid (TAMU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Lucia Quiterio (TAMU) def. Meredith Roberts (MS) 6-0, 6-2
1. #28 Jayci Goldsmith/Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. #66 Magda Adaloglou/Tamara Racine (MS) 6-1
2. Emma Antonaki/Anastasia Rentouli (MS) vs. Renee McBryde/Katya Townsend (TAMU) 3-5, unfinished
3. Riley McQuaid/Lucia Quiterio (TAMU) def. Janina Braun/Meredith Roberts (MS) 6-3
Texas A&M 20-5, 8-4 SEC; National ranking #16
Mississippi State 12-12, 3-9 SEC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,5,4,3,2)
Official: Donna Williams T-2:11 A-71