URBANA, Ill. – No. 25 Texas A&M women’s tennis looks to improve upon the best start in program history with a Valentine’s Day matchup against Illinois at Atkins Tennis Center at 5 p.m. CT.
The Maroon & White look to extend their record setting mark of 8-0 against the Fighting Illini (2-3). The 2019 Aggies topped the previous best start of 7-0, set by the 2018 and 1998 teams.
“The team is excited and looking forward to this road trip to Illinois and Oklahoma,” Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver said. “Playing on the road and indoors brings a new element to the game, but at the end of the day it all comes down to how well we can perform at match time. We are a confident group right now and are playing some very good tennis.”
Last time out, the Aggies recorded a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win over TCU on Feb. 4 as A&M sophomore Tatiana Makarova earned her first career last match standing victory. A&M dropped the doubles point for the first time this spring, but Makarova, Jayci Goldsmith, Riley McQuaid and Lucia Quiterio secured singles victories for the Aggies against the Horned Frogs.
Against Prairie View, the Aggies reeled off a pair of 6-0 doubles results then saw Goldsmith, Katya Townsend, Renee McBryde, McQuaid, Quiterio and Dorthea Faa-Hviding each earn singles wins for a 7-0 victory.
A&M has posted a 41-4 singles record in dual matches as Goldsmith and McQuaid are each sporting an 11-match win streak while Makarova and Quiterio have each won seven straight.
Goldsmith, a freshman from Dripping Springs, TX, earned the highest ranking for the Aggies in the Jan. 30 edition of the Oracle/ITA Division I National Singles Rankings. The lefthander jumped 21 spots to No. 89 as she stands at 8-0 this spring and 17-2 overall. Makarova, a sophomore from Moscow, is 11-2 on the year and 5-0 in dual matches to rank 109th. Makarova and Goldsmith are the lone ranked doubles team for the Aggies, entering the rankings at No. 54.
After taking on the Fighting Illini, the Aggies remain on the road as they travel to Norman, Oklahoma to challenge Oklahoma Sunday at 12 p.m.