FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 6 Texas A&M women’s tennis team secured its fifth conference title Friday evening, as the Aggies defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks by a 6-1 margin to clinch the 2022 SEC Regular Season Championship. Freshman Mary Stoiana Indianna Spink to clinch the team match against the court on the deciding point.
Following its historic victory, the Aggies improve to 26-1 overall and boast an unparalleled 12-0 mark in the SEC. The team extended its win streak to 17-straight dating back to its only loss of the season then-No. 4 Cal, school annals of the best run of success. In defeat, the Arkansas drops to 14-8 overall with a 7-5 ledger in league play.
The Aggies recorded their second SEC regular season championship in school history, joining the 2013 national runner-up squad as the only two teams to achieve that feat. Following the Alabama’s win over Georgia on Friday evening in Tuscaloosa, the Aggies officially secured the outright league title. It was A & M’s first NCAA Tournament appearance that made the 1986 Southwest Conference Championship squad.
Friday’s match begins with Doubles Play, where the Maroon & White capitalized on the big moments and the clean sweep of all three doubles courts for the first time in the 2022 season. Second-ranked Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova rolled to a 6-2 victory against No. 43 Court One on Morgan Cross and Tatum Rice. The battle on court two between. 44 Carson Branstine and Mary Stoiana Against Laura Rijkers and Lenka Stara in a 6-3 Aggie win to seal A & M’s early 1-0 edge. Renee McBryde and Gianna Pielet Kelly Keller and Indianna Spink on court three, resulting in the Aggies’ first sweep of doubles this year.
Following doubles, the Aggies and Razorbacks turned their attention to singles action, which was briefly interrupted by a brief rain delay in the early going. The A&M dealt with the adversity of winning five-of-six first sets and five additional team points, including the surrendering only one. Goldsmith was the first Aggies for the courts, as she posted a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Stara on Court Four. Katya Townsend Brought A&M within one point of the league crown on court six, where she published a 6-2, 6-3 effort over Grace O’Donnell. As she has on seven prior occasions, 63 Court of Stoic victory over Stoiana notched. Stoiana, a native of Southbury, Connecticut, defeated Spink in a 6-1, 6-3 performance. The Maroon & White tacked on a pair of freebies on the court two and five and surrendered their only point of the evening at the top-line match.
Following yet another virtuosic performance, Makarova’s historic season continues with both singles and doubles playing. The graduate has compiled 104 doubles wins with an additional 98 victories in singles, placing her in the third and fourth place, respectively, in each category of career victories. Makarova climbs to an astronomical 25-2 overall record with a historic 21-0 mark in dual match action. Stoiana continues to maintain the winningest singles record on the Aggie roster, boasting a 28-3 overall mark with a 21-1 record from the start of the dual season. Additionally, Stoiana extends her clinch win lead this season to eight following her monumental victory. 3 position.
No. 6 Texas A&M women’s tennis concludes the 2022 dual match season on Sunday, as the Southeastern Conference Champion Aggies face the Missouri Tigers on the road. First serve from the Mizzou Tennis Complex is slated for 9 am (CT), with the match scheduled to be played with indoors due to incoming weather.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Mark Weaver
2022 Texas A&M women’s tennis team on the accomplishments of…
“What an amazing day for Texas A&M University. I am so proud of this team. We have put in the work every single day this year and being able to reap the daily grind is a pretty amazing feeling. Not only do we We have an excellent group of tennis players, but we also have an amazing group of young women who represent Texas A&M.
What the SEC Title means to him personally…
“It just means so much to me. I’ve been apart of the Texas A&M tennis team for over half my life now. I’ve been playing tennis for four years now. I’m still working on wrapping up my 23rd season as a coach.” If you take a look at our coaching staff, we have an amazing group of Aggies here. the 12th Man. “
Freshman Mary Stoiana
On clinching the 2022 SEC Title…
“It felt really special to have this team for the clinch, because everyone has worked so hard this season and put so much effort into it. I feel like every single one of us really deserves this moment. In my first year in Aggieland, this is an incredible memory that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The support of my teammates and my coaches. “
TENNIS MATCH RESULTS
# 6 Texas A&M 6, Arkansas 1
Billingsley Tennis Center – FayettevilleArkansas
1. # 99 Tatum Rice (ARK) def. # 16 Carson Branstine (TAMU) 1-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (2)
2. # 18 Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. Kelly Keller (ARK) 6-3, 6-4
3. # 64 Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. Indianna Spink (ARK) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) def. Lenka Stara (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
5. Gianna Pielet (TAMU) def. Morgan Cross (ARK) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8)
6. Katya Townsend (TAMU) def. Grace O’Donnell (ARK) 6-2, 6-3
1. # 2 Jayci Goldsmith / Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. # 43 Morgan Cross / Tatum Rice (ARK) 6-2
2. # 44 Carson Branstine / Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. Laura Rijkers / Lenka Stara (ARK) 6-3
3. Renee McBryde / Gianna Pielet (TAMU) def. Kelly Keller / Indianna Spink (ARK) 6-4
Finish of Order: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,3,2,1,5)
- Texas A&M climbs to a program-record 26-1 overall with an unblemished 12-0 mark in Southeastern Conference matches. A&M is currently ranked No. 6 According to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Boasts 4 mark according to the United States Tennis Association.
- The Aggies secured a share of the 2022 SEC Regular Season Championship with their 6-1 win over Arkansas and locked out an outright league title following Alabama’s 4-3 victory over Tuscaloosa.
- A & M’s outright league title is the second in program history, joined by the 1986 Southwest Conference Champions. The league championship is the fifth overall conference title in school history.
- Arkansas falls to 14-8 overall and holds a 7-5 mark in the SEC play. The Razorbacks are currently ranked No. 33 by the ITA.
- In the all-time series, Texas A&M extends its lead to Arkansas 16-8.
- Mark Weaver becomes the third head coach in the program history to secure a conference championship. He joins former head coaches Bobby Kleinecke and Howard Joffe.
- Weaver’s all-time record as Texas A & M’s skipper to 136-56.
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