STARKVILLE, Miss. – Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Matches #25:
No. 16 Texas A&M (19-5, 7-4 SEC) vs Mississippi State (12-11, 3-8 SEC)
Thursday, April 11, 2019 • 5:00 p.m. (CT)
AJ Pitts Tennis Centre • Starkville, MS
The No. 16 Texas A&M women’s tennis team faces Mississippi State (12-11, 3-8) Thursday evening at the AJ Pitts Tennis Centre. The Aggies (19-5, 7-4) and Bulldogs are set to compete at 5 p.m. (CT) Thursday instead of the originally scheduled Friday afternoon showdown due to inclement weather in the forecast.
“With the questionable forecast for Friday the match has been moved to 5 p.m. today,” Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach Mark Weaver said. “It should be a beautiful day for tennis today and we are looking to continue playing at the high level that we have been throughout the season. It’s hard to believe that this is the final weekend of regular season and we want to sprint across the finish line and carry that into us hosting the SEC tournament next week.”
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 Thursday, the Aggies are 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.
A&M has posted an astonishing 91-29 singles record and 39-17 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 a13-5 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 ranked wins to improve to 15-5 this spring.
The Aggies’ No. 1 doubles team of Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova are ranked No. 28 this week. The duo have gone 14-6 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 17-3 in dual matches and 6-2 in league play. McQuaid’s 17 dual wins leads the SEC and surpasses her team-leading total of 15 dual victories a season ago.
The Aggies round out the regular season at Ole Miss on Sunday before returning to College Station to host the SEC Tournament, April 17-21.