No. 24 Aggies Host No. 26 TCU Thursday at 5 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 24th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team returns to the courts Thursday to play host to former Southwest Conference-foe and 26th-ranked TCU. First serve has been moved up an hour to 5 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies, who on Tuesday received their highest ITA ranking since a No. 24 ranking on April 24, 2007, are 4-4 after defeating No. 68 South Florida, 5-2, Friday in College Station.
TCU (4-5) will be looking to break a three-match losing skid after falling to No. 63 Alabama, 4-3, Saturday in Fort Worth.
Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) leads the Aggies with a 5-3 singles mark in dual matches. The sophomore is a career-high No. 98 in this week’s ITA national singles rankings.
Sophomore Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) leads A&M with a 6-2 doubles record in dual matches only, including 2-0 with freshman Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) at the No. 1 line and 4-2 with Frank at the No. 2 spot. Junior Elzé Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and freshman Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) are 5-1 at the No. 3 doubles line, helping the Aggies win six of eight doubles points.
The Horned Frogs are led by junior Nina Munch-Soegaard, who is ranked No. 9 in the nation in singles and No. 56 in doubles with Maria Babanova. Soegaard, however, has not played in TCU’s last two matches, 4-3 losses to both Texas Tech and Alabama.
Frog senior Macall Harkins, who played No. 1 singles in Soegaard’s absence, is ranked No. 89 in singles and No. 21 in doubles with senior Anna Sydorska.
Former Aggie standout Anna Lubinsky (2004-07) serves as a volunteer assistant coach at TCU but will not be making the trip to College Station.
A&M is 16-15 against TCU since 1980. Last year, the Frogs dropped the doubles point against the Aggies but came back to upend A&M, 4-3, at the TCU indoor courts.
Thursday’s match against the Frogs is A&M’s final tune-up before beginning Big 12 Conference play at No. 38 Texas on Saturday in Austin. Match time against the Longhorns is 12 p.m. at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center, and a full point will be at stake in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.
Live scoring of A&M women’s tennis matches is available at AggieAthletics.com.