A&M Routs Kansas in Regular Season Final
April 19, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Texas A&M women’s tennis team capped the regular season with a 6-1 rout over Kansas today at the First Serve Tennis Center indoor courts.
The Aggies extend their winning streak against the Jayhawks to 11 and improve to 13-9 on the season. A&M also finishes Big 12 play with a 9-2 record to clinch the No. 3 seed at the Big 12 Championships, April 23-26 at Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.
The top four seeds receive a first-round bye and begin play Friday. A&M’s match time and opponent are to be determined.
A&M took the early lead against the Jayhawks by winning two of three doubles matches. A&M’s Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank began their match by dropping the first game against Maria Martinez and Erin Wilbert at the No. 2 line. The Aggie duo then countered by reeling off eight consecutive games to cruise to the win.
The other two matches were anything but runaways, as both courts were knotted at 6-6. At the No. 1 line, KU’s Edina Horvath and Katerina Morozova were trailing A&M’s Janelle Cuthbertson and Christi Liles, 5-3, but won the next three games to take the lead. A&M held serve to tie the match at 6-6, but the Jayhawks won the next two games to close out the match, forcing the point to be decided at the No. 3 line.
It was the Aggies’ Sheri Olivier and Elzé Potgieter who got a break to complete a come-from-behind win against Kuni Dorn and Yuliana Svistun at the No. 3 line to clinch the point. The Jayhawks had taken a 6-4 lead, but A&M broke back and put the match back on serve at 6-6. Each team held serve until A&M broke to take an 8-7 lead. Potgieter then served out the match and gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead. It marked the Aggie tandem’s 10th win in their last 11 outings. They improve to 16-3 overall and finish the Big 12 regular season at 9-2.
In singles, A&M raced to first-set wins on four courts at the five-court facility and went on to win each of those matches in straight sets. Cuthbertson gave A&M a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dorn at the No. 4 line, and Lauren Santracroce put the Aggies ahead, 3-0, with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Maria Martinez at No. 5.
Frank then clinched the win for the Aggies and finished the Big 12 regular season with a 10-1 record by defeating Katerina Morozova, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 2 line.
Potgieter improved to 9-2 in Big 12 action at the No. 1 line, defeating Horvath, 6-1, 7-6 (4) to put the Aggies up, 5-0.
Svistun put the Jayhawks on the scoreboard and prevented the shutout as she held off Liles in a three setter at No. 3. Svistun took the first set, 6-1, but Liles evened the match by taking the second-set tiebreaker, 8-6. Svistun was too much for Liles in the 10-point super tiebreaker, racing to a 10-1 win.
A&M was within minutes of clinching when Olivier and Wilbert were able to take the court to begin the No. 6 match. They split the first two sets with Olivier winning the first , 7-5, and Wilber taking the second, 6-4. Olivier led the entire third-set super tiebreaker en route to a 10-7 victory.
(35) Texas A&M 6, Kansas 1
April 19, 2009
First Serve Tennis Center (Indoors)
1. Elzé Potgieter (A&M) def. Edina Horvath (KU), 6=1, 7-6 (4)
2. Morgan Frank (A&M) def. Katerina Morozova (KU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Yuliana Svistun (KU) def. Christi Liles (A&M), 6-1, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (1)
4. Janelle Cuthbertson (A&M) def. Kuni Dorn (KU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Lauren Santacroce (A&M) def. Maria Martinez (KU), 7-5, 6-2
6. Sheri Olivier (A&M) def. Erin Wilbert (KU), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Horvath/Morozova (KU) def, Cuthbertson/Liles (A&M), 8-6
2. Stephanie Davidson/Frank (A&M) def. Martinez/Wilbert (KU), 8-1
3. Olivier/Potgieter (A&M) def. Dorn/Svistun (KU), 9-7
Order of finish:
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 4, 5, 2*, 1, 3, 6
Texas A&M: 13-9, 9-2 Big 12
Kansas: 10-12, 4-7 Big 12 Big 12
2009 NCAA Tennis Championships: Texas A&M will host the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, May 14-25, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. Tickets can be purchased online at 12ManFoundation.com or by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE.