BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 7 Texas A&M women’s tennis team celebrated its seniors and secured a perfect home record in the regular season Sunday afternoon, crossing the Alabama Crimson Tide in a 6-1 effort at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
With their victory, Maroon & White climbs to a historic 24-1 mark through 25 games, the best record in program history for this point of the season. A&M expands its winning streak to 15 wins in a row, with the team’s lone loss coming to what was then No. 4 California during the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships. The Aggies improve to 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play, the first time an A&M team has recorded 10 consecutive conference wins to start a season in program annals, regardless of Texas A & M’s conference affiliation. In the defeat, Alabama drops to 14-7 overall with a record of 4-5 in SEC games.
Sunday afternoon’s victory marked A & M’s 18th home win of the 2022 season, a program record for victories in the Brazos Valley. The Maroon & White completed the home section of the schedule with a spotted 18-0 overall record, with six of those wins coming during the SEC game. The Aggies finish home for the regular season undefeated for the second time in program annals, with the 2014 team securing the only second season finish of visiting opponents in the school’s history.
Following the match between Aggies and Crimson Tide, Texas A&M University celebrated a quartet of seniors at a ceremony to honor 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 99 doubles victories, two sweet 16 appearances and the program’s first trip to the SEC Tournament Championship Match in the 2021 season. Fightin ‘Texas Aggie Class of 2022 has already made significant progress this year and has become the first graduating class to win 10 consecutive SEC fights in the program’s history.
A & M’s last home game of the regular season began as usual in doubles, with the Aggies players getting their opponents on the top two pitches to secure an early 1-0 team edge. Second-ranked Makarova and Jayci Goldsmith roared past Loudmilla Bencheikh and Anne Marie Hiser in the top competition. The early lead was secured on lane two, as No. 48 Carson Branstine and Mary Stoiana noted a 6-1 result against Anna Parkhomenko and Petra Sedlackova. The Maroon & White held a small 4-3 lead on lane three, with McBryde and Gianna Pielet met Kasia and Ola Pitak, but the match was unfinished.
For the first time since defeating Prairie View A&M on January 27, the Aggies came away with all six first sets to start the singles competition. Nr. 93 Stoiana drove past No. 107 Sedlackova in a 6-2, 6-1 finish to put the Aggies ahead 2-0 just before No. 23 Branstine finished a 6-1, 6-2 finish at No. 74 Bencheikh on court a . With the 3-0 lead in hand, No. 29 Makarova completed his last regular season match at the Mitchell Tennis Center as the team’s clinch victory, defeating Ola Pitak in a 6-0, 6-1 result. Goldsmith beat Parkhomenko in straight sets, Pielet fell to Hiser in three and Townsend ended Senior Day off with a three-set victory over Kasia Pitak to complete the 6-1 Aggie victory.
With her victories in both singles and doubles on Sunday, Makarova continues her rise in the Texas A&M record book for women’s tennis record and reached No. 5 in the career singles victories with 96 wins. On the doubles, Makarova retains her No. 3 spot after noting her career’s 103rd double victory. Branstine defeated his third top-100 singles opponent in a row on Lane 1, while the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week in Stoiana retained his grip on the team’s singles lead after his straight victory in sets. Stoiana is 26-3 overall in singles play with a fantastic record of 11-2 against nationally ranked opponents this year.
Nr. 7 Texas A&M Women’s Tennis is on its way to its final three-match road trip of the regular season 2022, when the Aggies travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to meet the LSU Tigers at the LSU Tennis Complex on Friday, April 8 for a dinner (CT) first serve.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Main advisor Mark Weaver
On the importance of Senior Day and finishing the home board undefeated …
“I’m very happy for our team that we were able to get a 6-1 win for our seniors today is really something special. I thought we played excellent doubles. There were a lot of emotions out there and you really never know how things are going on. going to swing. The good news is that we won. Many of our players took part in the Senior Day festivities. It affects everyone in different ways, but in the end all our seniors won. It is truly a great “In addition, one of our goals each year is to finish the season unbeaten at home in the regular season. We were able to achieve that today. I am very pleased with the overall performance of this group.”
Looking forward to A & M’s latest road trips …
“We have done a really good job of taking one match at a time. Our challenge right now is to stay hungry and keep getting better and better every day. These last three matches can only be played one at a time; it is mindset , we have to have.We have a tough test on Friday at LSU.Our team must have time off tomorrow to rest and recover after a well fought weekend.Then we are right back at work Tuesday at. we took the road to Baton Rouge on Wednesday morning to get sharp on their tracks before the weekend. “
Freshman Mary Stoiana
On her performance next door Carson Branstine and double …
“Carson and I really focused on getting our opponents to play with us as best we could because we knew as soon as we got into the competitions we would have a great chance of winning every point. We know all the games that work. so good for us. We both did our best to stick to the basics and play simple doubles. Our game plan worked really well today. “
On her singles match and the significance of Senior Day …
“It felt really great to contribute as one of the first points on the board. I really dug in and stayed really focused because I wanted to contribute to a really special victory for our seniors today. They have worked so hard in over the last few years and they really deserve to enjoy this day.The feelings were pretty heavy afterwards.It’s really sad to know that these four amazing girls are almost done with their college careers.They have been such great role models for me and I look forward to following in their footsteps to hopefully become as big as they were here at Texas A&M. “
RESULTS OF TENNIS BATTLE
# 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
Finishing order: Double (1,2); Singles (3,1,2 *, 4,5,6)
NOTES AFTER MATCH
- Texas A&M climbs to a historic 24-1 mark combined with an impressive 10-0 start to the Southeastern Conference game for the first time in the program’s history. The Aggies have won 15 games in a row, going back to a 4-3 loss to what was then No. 4 California on February 12th.
- Maroon & White holds the No. 7 ranking in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and is rated No. 6 by the United States Tennis Association.
- In the defeat, Alabama drops to 14-7 overall with a record of 4-5 in SEC games.
- Sunday afternoon’s victory marked A & M’s 18th home win of the 2022 season, a program record for victories at home. The Maroon & White completed the 2022 home season with an impeccable overall record of 18-0, with the team from 2014 securing the only second full-season stop of visiting opponents in the school’s history.
- After the 14th meeting in the all-time series between Texas A&M and Alabama, the Aggies extend their lead to 8-6. The Aggies have never lost to Crimson Tide at Bryan-College Station, a record that goes back to the 2000 doubles season.
- Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver sees his overall career record improve to 134-56 overall, going back to his employment as the program’s skipper ahead of the 2015-16 academic year.
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