BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 7 Texas A&M women’s tennis team celebrated its seniors and secured a perfect regular-season home record Sunday afternoon, cruising past the Alabama Crimson Tide in a 6-1 effort at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
With their victory, the Maroon & White climb to a historic 24-1 mark with 25 points, the best record in program history to date. A&M extends its win streak to 15 consecutive victories, with the team’s lone loss coming up to then-No. 4 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships during California. The Aggies improve to 10-0 in the Southeastern Conference play, the first time any A&M team has recorded 10 consecutive conference victories to begin a season with program annals, and the irrespective of Texas A & M’s conference affiliation. In defeat, Alabama falls to 14-7 overall with a 4-5 record in SEC play.
Sunday afternoon’s win marked A & M’s 18th home win of the 2022 season, a program record for wins in the Brazos Valley. The Maroon & White completed the home portion of the schedule with an unblemished 18-0 overall record with six of those wins coming during the SEC play. The Aggies finish the regular season undefeated in the home season with program annals, with the 2014 team securing the only other full-season shutout of visiting opponents in school history.
Following the match between the Aggies and the Crimson Tide, a celebration of Texas A&M University in a quartet of seniors honors their hard work and dedication to the 12th Man over the past few years. Isa Di Laura, Tatiana Makarova, Renee McBryde and Katya Townsend Each played a significant role in the 99 dual match victories, two sweet 16 appearances and the program’s first trip to the SEC Tournament Championship Match during the 2021 season. The Fightin ’Texas Aggie Class of 2022 has already made significant strides this year, winning the first graduating class in 10 consecutive SEC matches in program history.
A&M’s final home match of the regular season begins with doubles play, with the Aggies breezing through to their top two courts to seal an early 1-0 team edge. Second-ranked Makarova and Jayci Goldsmith top-flight contest in roared past Loudmilla Bencheikh and Anne Marie Hiser. The early lead was secured on court two, as No. 48 Carson Branstine and Mary Stoiana notched a 6-1 result against Anna Parkhomenko and Petra Sedlackova. The Maroon & White held a slim 4-3 lead on court three, where McBryde and Gianna Pielet Kasia and Ola Pitak faced off, but the match went unfinished.
For the first time since the defeating Prairie View A&M on January 27, The Aggies Came Away with all six first sets to start the singles competition. No. 93 Stoiana raced past no. 107 Sedlackova in a 6-2, 6-1 finish to put the Aggies ahead 2-0 just before. 23 Branstine completed a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of no. 74 Bencheikh on Court One. With the 3-0 lead in hand, No. 29 Makarova completed her final regular-season match at the Mitchell Tennis Center as the team’s clinch victor, defeating Ola Pitak in a 6-0, 6-1 result. Goldsmith beat Parkhomenko in straight sets, Pielette fell to his three and Townsend finished Senior Day with a three-set victory over Kasia Pitak to complete the 6-1 Aggie win.
With her singing and doubles play on Sunday, Makarova continues her climb in the Texas A&M women’s tennis record book, featuring No. 96 wins with career singles victories in 5 position. On the doubles courts, Makarova maintains her no. Her career of 103rd doubles victory over Notting 3 spot. Branstine defeated her third consecutive top-100 singles opponent on court one, while reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, Stoina maintained her grasp of the team’s singles lead following her straight set win. Stoiana is 26-3 overall with a stunning 11-2 record against a nationally-ranked opposition this year.
No. 7 Texas A&M women’s tennis hits on the road for its final three-match road trip to the 2022 regular season, as the Aggies head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to face the LSU Tigers at the LSU Tennis Complex on Friday, April 8th. CT) serve first.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Mark Weaver
On the Importance of Senior Day and the Home Slate undefeated…
“I am very happy for our team, that we could get a 6-1 victory for our seniors today. Something special. I thought that we played excellent doubles. There were a lot of emotions out there and you really never know The good news is that we got the win, a lot of our players embraced the senior day festivities, which affects everybody in different ways, but at the end of the day, all of our seniors won. A great thing. Additionally, one of our goals is to finish the season at home at the end of the regular season. We are able to achieve that today.
A & M’s final road trips…
“We’ve done a really good job, it’s a one time match. Our challenge right now is to stay hungry and continue to get better and better every day. These last three matches can only be played at one time; mindset We have a tough test on Friday at LSU, our team is going to get the day off tomorrow and restore and recover after a well-fought weekend. We hit the road to Baton Rouge on Wednesday morning to sharpen their courts. “
Freshman Mary Stoiana
Along with her performance Carson Branstine in doubles…
“Carson and I are really focused on getting our opponents to play with the best we can, because as soon as we know we’ve got the rallies, we have a great shot at winning every single point. So well for us. Both of us did our best to stick to the basics and simple doubles of our game plan.
On her singles match and the significance of Senior Day…
“It felt really great to be on the board. I really wanted to contribute and stay focused on our seniors today. These four great girls are almost done with their college careers. To be as great as they hope to be in their footsteps, they were here at Texas A&M. “
TENNIS MATCH RESULTS
# 7 Texas A&M 6, Alabama 1
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center – Bryan-College Station, Texas
1. # 23 Carson Branstine (TAMU) def. # 74 Loudmilla Bencheikh (BAMA) 6-1, 6-2
2. # 29 Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. Ola Pitak (BAMA) 6-0, 6-1
3. # 93 Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. # 107 Petra Sedlackova (BAMA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) def. Anna Parkhomenko (BAMA) 6-2, 6-4
5. Anne Marie Hiser (BAMA) def. Gianna Pielet (TAMU) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (0)
6. Katya Townsend (TAMU) def. Kasia Pitak (BAMA) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
1. # 2 Jayci Goldsmith / Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. Loudmilla Bencheikh / Anne Marie Hiser (BAMA) 6-1
2. # 48 Carson Branstine / Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. Anna Parkhomenko / Petra Sedlackova (BAMA) 6-1
3. Renee McBryde / Gianna Pielet (TAMU) vs. Kasia Pitak / Ola Pitak (BAMA) 4-3, unfinished
Finish of Order: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,1,2 *, 4,5,6)
- Texas A&M climbs to a historic 24-1 mark overall with an impressive 10-0 start to the Southeastern Conference playoffs in program history. The Aggies have won 15 consecutive matches dating back to a 4-3 loss to then-No. 4 California on February 12.
- The Maroon & White Hold The Number 7 Ranking the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and are rated No. 6 by the United States Tennis Association.
- In defeat, Alabama falls to 14-7 overall with a 4-5 record in SEC play.
- Sunday afternoon’s win marked A & M’s 18th home win of the 2022 season, home to Wins for a program record. The Maroon & White completed the 2022 home season with an unblemished 18-0 overall record, with the 2014 team securing the only other full-season shutout of school history in visiting opponents.
- Following the 14th meeting of the all-time series between Texas A&M and Alabama, the Aggies extend their lead to 8-6. The Aggies have never lost to the Crimson Tide in Bryan-College Station, a record dating back to the 2000 dual match season.
- Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver sees his overall career record improve to 134-56 overall dating back to his hiring as the program’s skipper prior to the 2015-16 academic year.
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