BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 13 Texas A&M women’s tennis team returns to action Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center as the Aggies host the Houston Cougars at noon (CT) followed by a start at 4 p.m. with Texas State.
HEAD COACH MARK WEAVER SAID…
“We look forward to another doubleheader this weekend at Aggieland. There’s nothing like real doubles matches to keep our team up to snuff. It’s all about gaining experience at this point in the season, and it’s a great opportunity for our freshmen to learn about college tennis. We will be better as a group thanks to these matches, and these doubles will hopefully allow us to compete at the level we strive for every day. I was happy with the way we played last weekend and I’m counting on us to step it up a notch on Saturday.
Texas A&M began the 2022 doubles match campaign with a pair of wins on day one at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, beating McNeese and Tarleton in a pair of 7-0 sweeps. The Maroon & White opened the season 2-0 for the seventh consecutive year, a record achieved in every season since Mark Weaver was hired as the program’s head coach ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. Eleven members of A&M’s 12-person roster were able to participate in at least one game on opening day. The Aggies did not drop a set in singles or doubles in the two matches.
IN THE RANKINGS
In the latest ITA Division I Women’s Team Rankings released on Wednesday, January 19, the Aggies moved up one spot to 13th place. The Maroon & White remain the second-highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference behind the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs and trail only the No. 1 Texas Longhorns for first place in the Lone Star State. In the individual rankings, the doubles tandem Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova remain the No. 5 team in the country, while Makarova ranks No. 122 in the singles poll.
#LOCKEDIN ON THE STATE OF HOUSTON AND TEXAS
Houston finished the 2021 season with an overall record of 15-8 and a 3-2 mark in American Athletic Conference games. Sophomore Laura Slisane led the Cougars with a 14-9 overall singles record last year. The Aggies are 25-8 against Houston in a historic series dating back to 1980. A&M’s last loss to Houston was a 5-4 decision in the 1999 double-game campaign.
Texas State went 6-13 in 2021 with a 1-7 record in Sun Belt Conference play. Hana Kvapilova returns for a fifth year at Texas State and led the Bobcats in 2021 with a 15-4 overall record in singles that included a 14-2 run in doubles. In an all-time streak dating back to the Aggies’ first double-game season in 1980, the Maroon & White hold a 19-0 advantage over Texas State.
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General admission seating on a first-come, first-served basis is free to all spectators and Texas A&M students in the second level grandstand of the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Courtside seating is available for Springer Family Stadium Club season ticket holders. For more information on Texas A&M Women’s Tennis tickets or to become a Stadium Club member, click here.
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