CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 14th-ranked Texas A&M women's tennis team wrapped up the three-day Miami Spring Invite today at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. And although the Aggies dropped two of three doubles matches to No. 9 Miami and four of six singles matches against No. 28 Vanderbilt, A&M second-year head coach Howard Joffe was pleased with the team's effort, as well as what the team gained by going up against top competition.
"The tournament this weekend was very tough, and in that respect worth its weight in gold to us," he said. "All our ladies gave a great effort, and we will profit from the strong competition as we prepare for our first dual next week"
Senior Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and freshman Anna Mamalat were the only Aggies to get a victory in doubles, teaming to defeated Melissa Boliva and Clementina Riobueno of Miami, 8-7.
In singles, No. 45 Cristina Stancu and Nazari Urbina picked up the only singles victories for the Aggies against Vanderbilt. Stancu defeated Ashleigh Antal, 6-3, 6-3, and Urbina knocked off 115th-ranked Frances Altick, 6-0, 6-2.
Sanchez-Quintanar, Mamalat, Hristov and Wen all suffered straight-set losses against the Commodores.
The Aggies now look to the start of dual match play this weekend as they host No. 53 North Texas, No. 29 Arizona and No. 41 Minnesota in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. A&M takes on the Mean Green Saturday at 2 p.m. in the season opener. The Mean Green are coming off a season in which they won the Sun Belt Conference Championship and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship tournament in 2012.
In the other opening round match, Minnesota will take on Arizona, which knocked out the Gophers in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championships last May.
Teams are guaranteed two matches, and the winners will meet on Sunday for the right to advance to the ITA Women's National Team Indoors in February at the University of Virginia.
Season and individual match tickets to all A&M home matches can be purchased online anytime at 12thManFoundation.com or during business hours at the Athletic Ticket Office located in The Zone at Kyle Field or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. Tickets also will be available for purchase on game days at the Mitchell Tennis Center beginning one hour before match time.
Below are the Miami Spring Invite final team standings and A&M's complete results after Day 3.
Miami Spring Invite - Day 3 Results (January 20)
1. Miami, 87
2. Vanderbilt, 86
3. Texas, 85
4. Texas A&M, 81
Texas A&M vs. Miami - Doubles
Lina Lilekite/Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. Wen Sun/Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 8-5
Brittany Dubins/Kelsey Laurente (Miami) def. #7 Cristina Stancu/Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 8-5
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar/Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Melissa Boliva/Clementina Riobueno (Miami), 8-7
Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt - Singles
Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. #3 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU), 6-3, 6-4
#45 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Ashleigh Antal (VU), 6-3, 6-3
Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. #115 Frances Altick (VU), 6-0, 6-2
Lauren Mira (VU) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-3, 6-4
#91 Marie Casares (VU) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-1
#102 Courtney Colton (VU) def. #82 Sun Wen (TAMU), 6-2, 6-2
Miami Spring Invite - Day 2 Results (January 19)
Texas A&M vs. No. 9 Miami
#3 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. #57 Lina Lilekite (Miami), 6-3, 6-1
Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Melissa Bolivar (Miami), 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
#51 Kelsey Laurente (Miami) def. #45 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 6-1, 7-6
#92 Stephanie Wagner (Miami) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-4
Deborah Suarez (Miami) def. #82 Wen Sun (TAMU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Maria Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Clementina Riobueno (Miami), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Brittany Dubins (Miami) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 11 Texas vs. No. 14 Texas A&M
Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott (UT) def. #7 Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 8-3
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar/Maria Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Aeriel Ellis/Lina Padegimaite (UT), 8-4
Sun Wen/Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Elizabeth Begley/Juliana Gajic (UT) - 8-4
Miami Spring Invite - Day 1 Results (January 18)
No. 11 Texas vs. No. 14 Texas A&M
#3 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. #79 Noel Scott (UT), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. #45 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Breaunna Addison (UT) def. Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 6-0, 6-4
Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. #82 Sun Wen (TAMU), 7-5, 6-4
Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Lina Padegimaite (UT), 2-6, 7-6, 6-3
Maria Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Juliana Gajic (UT), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Anna Rabinovich (UT), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Lana Groenvynck (UT) def. Maria Paula Deheza (TAMU), 5-7, 7-6, 6-2
No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 26 Vanderbilt
No. 7 Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. Ashleigh Antal/Courtney Colton (VU), 8-5
Lauren Mira/Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Wen Sun/Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (A&M), 8-6
Ines Deheza/Paula Deheza (A&M) def. Frances Altick/Marie Casares (VU), 8-2
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