No. 18 Texas A&M set for Super Regional showdown against No. 8 Vanderbilt

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Matches #32:
No. 18 Texas A&M (24-7) vs No. 8 Vanderbilt (18-7)
Saturday, May 11, 2019 • 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Vanderbilt Currey Tennis Center • Nashville, Tenn.

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The No. 18 Texas A&M women’s tennis looks to advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the second-time in program history when they face off against No. 8 Vanderbilt at the Currey Tennis Center Saturday. The Aggies and Commodores are set to compete at 11 a.m. (CT) in the newly instituted super regional match.

“We are a very confident and excited team as we head into our Sweet 16 match against Vanderbilt,” Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver said. “Our team is carrying a lot of momentum after a solid SEC Tournament and making it out of a tough regional bracket against Rice and Texas. As long as we come out firing on all cylinders, like we have for the majority of the season and especially in recent weeks, we will have a very good shot at advancing to the next round.”

The winner between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt advance to the NCAA Championships hosted by UCF and the USTA at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The quarterfinal matchup is set for May 17 between the advancing team from the Nashville Super Regional and the winner of Saturday’s matchup between No. 1 Georgia and No. 16 Michigan in Athens.

The Aggies advanced to the Round of16 after winning a thrilling last-match standing victory against Rice before dominating No. 9 Texas, 4-1, in Austin last weekend. A&M sophomore, Tatiana Makarova, posted a perfect 4-0 record last weekend, going 2-0 in singles and doubles matches. Makarova’s win in the first round clinched the A&M victory over Rice as she claimed the final five games to win 7-5 in the third set. Lucia Quiterio, an A&M freshman from Benedita, Portugal, matched the 4-0 mark over the first two rounds of the 2019 championship.

The Aggies are competing in their 20th consecutive and 25th overall appearance in the tournament. A&M's best finish in program history was runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Championship, where the Aggies fell to Stanford, 4-3, in the championship match at Urbana, Illinois.

Vanderbilt holds an 11-4 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools, but A&M topped then-No. 4 Vanderbilt earlier this season. Buoyed by the doubles point and wins from Katya Townsend, Renee McBryde and Riley McQuaid the Maroon & White were able to earn their highest-ranked win of the season. Townsend’s win over then-No. 3 Fernanda Contreras was the highest-ranked win by a freshman in Texas A&M history.

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