No. 21 Texas A&M challenges Tennessee in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee -- Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Matches #16:
Texas A&M (14-1, 2-0 SEC) vs Tennessee (10-3, 0-1 SEC)
Friday, March 8, 2019 • 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Goodfriend Tennis Center • Knoxville, TN

The No. 21 Texas A&M women’s tennis team hits the road for the first time in conference play at Tennessee on Friday. The Aggies (14-1, 2-0) and Volunteers (10-3, 0-1) are set to face off at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

“We are ready for the challenge of our first SEC opponent on the road,” Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach Mark Weaver said. “It is looking like it will be an indoor match and the good news is that we have already had the experience of a two match indoor road trip at Illinois and Oklahoma a couple weeks ago. We have some good experience to draw on as we face a very good Tennessee team.”

The Maroon & White look to open the season with 15 wins in their first 16 matches for the first time since the 2013 season. The Aggies look to join the 2013 squad for the best 16-match stretch to open a season in program history as the ’13 team raced out to a 15-1 mark before falling in the NCAA Championship Finals.

The Aggies picked up an impressive 4-0 win over Alabama to open SEC play with a 2-0 record for the first time since the 2013 season. After earning the doubles point, sophomores Dorthea Faa-Hviding and Riley McQuaid and freshman Renee McBryde picked up straight-set victories to secure the win over the Tide.

A&M’s Jayci Goldsmith, a freshman from Dripping Springs, Texas, earned the highest ranking for the Aggies in the Feb. 20 edition of the Oracle/ITA Division I National Singles Rankings. The lefthander moved to No. 100 as she stands at 13-1 this spring and 22-3 overall. Goldsmith and sophomore Tatiana Makarova raced up the rankings to No. 31 in the country. The pair are 10-3 in dual matches and lead the team with two ranked wins this year.

A&M has posted an astonishing 71-10 singles record and 26-6 doubles mark in dual matches this spring. Faa-Hviding has a team-high eight-match win streak while sophomore Riley McQuaid has won 16 of her last 17 matches.

The Aggies finish off their SEC road stand at No. 2 Georgia on Sunday.

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