||Texas A&M University
||Friday, September 16, 1994
• NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (No. 1 Doubles)
• NCAA Doubles Championship at-large berth
• No. 17 final doubles ranking (Texas A&M record-high for final doubles ranking)
• No. 7 national doubles ranking on January 3 and March 26 (Texas A&M record-high doubles ranking for preseason and regular season ranking)
• ITA Texas Region doubles champion
• Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week
AT TEXAS A&M
2012-13 (FRESHMAN): The lefty was a mainstay in the Aggies’ lineup in both doubles and singles throughout her rookie campaign...Played doubles with fellow countrywoman Cristina Stancu and was named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team at the No. 1 line...The duo also received an at-large bid to the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championship, where the Aggies fell to ninth-ranked Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma in the first round, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4...The A&M tandem was ranked as high as a school-record No. 7 in the nation in doubles in the preseason and regular season rankings and finished the season No. 17, a school record-high for a final doubles rankings...Also was No. 2 in the final Texas Region doubles rankings...Hristov led the team in doubles victories with a 27-12 overall record, including a team-leading 23-11 record with Stancu...Went 14-7 in dual matches, including 13-7 with Stancu – 11-7 at the No. 1 line and 2-0 at No. 2...The pair went 6-8 against ranked opponents, including four top-10 victories...Posted an 8-3 victory against eighth-ranked Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in the national championship match...In singles, was 25-11 overall, ranking second on the team for most wins...Was 19-5 in dual matches, going 4-4 at No. 5 and 15-1 at No. 6...Went 7-4 in SEC singles matches and was a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week...Longest win streak was six...Finished the season on a five-match win streak, including three wins in NCAA tournament play... In A&M’s NCAA second-round match against No. 29 TCU, overcame a 5-0 first-set deficit to defeat Federica Denti, 7-6 (4), 6-0, to clinch the point that sent the Aggies on to the Round of 16...Clinched the Aggies’ winning point in four matches overall...FALL RESULTS: Led Texas A&M in doubles victories with a 12-2 record...Opened the fall season going a combined 5-1 with partners Wen Sun and Anna Mamalat before pairing with Stancu in the third tournament of the season, the ITA Texas Regional...The Romanian duo reeled off six consecutive victories, including a 9-7 victory over sixth-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo of Texas Tech in the round of 16, en route to the ITA Texas Regional championship and an automatic berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships...Hristov and Stancu finished the fall season 8-1, including 2-1 against ranked opponents...Hristov was 5-4 in singles matches, including 1-2 against ranked opponents...Her first ranked singles win was a 6-4, 6-0 victory over No. 109 Jordaan Sanford of Baylor in the second round of the Texas Regional...Entered the spring ranked No. 1in the Texas Region in doubles and No. 15 in the region in singles.
PREVIOUS ATHLETIC BACKGROUND: Competed in numerous ITF tournaments...Reached the singles finals at the Plantation (Fla.) ITF in May 2012...Also in 2012, reached the semifinals at the Cop Milo tournament in Santiago, Chile, and made quarterfinal appearances at the Delray Beach ITF and the Uruguay Bowl...In 2010, she advanced to the semifinals in singles at both the Kentucky International Tennis Derby and the ITF Ukrzakhid...In doubles, reached the finals at the Wichita Falls ITF and the semifinal round at both the Atlanta ITF and the Instiriq Cup in 2011...Her most memorable moment came at a hometown tournament, the $10,000 Iasi, in which she eventually reached the quarterfinals after posting a first round upset over the No. 5 seed Tereza Malikova, a Czechoslovakian who was No. 678 in the WTA world rankings. "It was the last tournament before I came to college and everybody (newspapers, TV, people) was asking me about college," Hristov said.
PERSONAL: Stefania Hristov is the daughter of Adrian and Elena Hristov of Iasi, Romania...Has an older brother, Andrei...Began playing tennis when she was 6 years old...Her only official recruiting visit was to Texas A&M, and she said, "After the first day, I knew that this is where I wanted to study and play. I was really impressed with the tennis facilities and the coaches, how they treat the girls on the team and the attention they have. Also the campus and the classes impressed me a lot"...Hobbies include shopping, spending time with friends, listening to music, and walking on the beach at sunset...Is majoring in sport management...Born September 16, 1994, in Iasi, Romania.
Hristov Up Close:
Favorite Aggie tradition: Midnight Yell
Favorite class subject: math
Favorite quote: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"
Favorite professional tennis player: Andre Agassi
Favorite athlete (any sport): Nadia Comaneci
Favorite professional sports team (any sport): Patriots
Favorite website: www.itftennis.com
Favorite app: TAMU mobile
Favorite type of music/musical artist: Pop, Dance
Favorite food: Romanian
Favorite TV show: Dancing with the Stars
Favorite book: "Open" by Andre Agassi
Favorite movie: One Million Dollar Baby
Favorite things about the sport of tennis: fighting, running, competing
Favorite sports to play other than tennis: volleyball, soccer
Favorite Karaoke song to sing: all the songs but one of my favorite is "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson
Favorite vacation spot: Bradenton, Florida