A&M Blanks BYU to Extend Winning Streak to Seven
"BYU competed really hard, and they played with passion," A&M coach Howard Joffe said. "The scoreboard would tell you that we were the better team, and so on that basis there was much more pressure on us. But overall, the seven kids in the singles and doubles, it is such a cliché term, but they really did take care of business. Some of the matches we were able to win fairly convincingly, but the matches where we struggled, everyone held firm and clawed there way back."
It marked the first shut out of the season for the Aggies who dropped only one set in the entire match to improve to 7-1. Meanwhile, BYU suffered its fourth consecutive loss to fall to 2-6.
The Aggies, who entered the match undefeated when winning the doubles point, got off to a fast start, sweeping all three doubles matches to claim their seventh consecutive doubles point. It marked the fourth time this season A&M won on all three courts.
A&M's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun were first off after disposing of Megan Price and Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. The senior tandem of Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce then secured the point and improved to 6-1 on the year as they cruised to an 8-3 victory over Desiree Tran and Lisa Waldron at No. 3.
Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina completed the sweep, winning five consecutive games to close out an 8-3 win over Morgan Anderson and Aubrey Paul at the No. 3 line.
Sanchez-Quintanar, ranked an A&M record-high No. 4 in singles, took less than an hour to finish off Price at No. 2 singles and improve to 8-0. With the score tied at 1-1 in the opening set, Sanchez-Quintanar did not drop another game as she raced to the 6-1, 6-0 win, capping the victory with an ace at match point to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
Olivier, a late entry at the No. 6 line, gave A&M a 3-0 lead, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win against Lisa Waldron. Sun then put the Aggies up, 4-0, clinching the win after defeating Anderson, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3.
Janine Erasmus made a big turnaround at the No. 5 line to put A&M up, 5-0. The freshman fell behind 4-1 to Paul in the first set before reeling off 11 consecutive games to complete a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
BYU won its only set of the match at the No. 4 line, where Sheehan-Dizon won the first set against Santacroce, 6-2. After dropping the first game of the second set, Santacroce won the next six games to take the set and force a third set. Santacroce again dropped the first game but then rallied to win 6-2 and put the Aggies up, 6-0.
Urbina completed the shutout with a straight-set victory over Tran at the No. 1 line. Urbina easily won the first set, 6-1, but found herself trailing 5-4, in the second set. Urbina got back on track and won the next three games to close out the match.
It marked only the second time in the 14 meetings against the Cougars that A&M came out on top. The win, A&M's first against the Cougars since 1993, also snapped the Aggies four match-losing streak against BYU.
The Aggies continue a four-match home stand on Friday, playing host to No. 26 South Florida. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Bulls jumped 19 spots to No. 26 in the rankings this week and improved to 7-3 after winning their last three matches, including a 4-3 victory over No. 22 Florida State on Feb. 24. Most recently the Bulls blanked in-state rival Florida Gulf Coast, 7-0, winning all six singles matches and two of three doubles matches.
"South Florida is a little like us in the sense that they have picked up some nice wins in the last couple of weeks," Joffe said. "They are a good team. They are a well-coached team, and I expect us to have a real good contest tomorrow night. It definitely will be an exciting one."
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No. 23 Texas A&M 7, BYU 0
March 1, 2012
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
1. (#114) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Desiree Tran (BYU), 6-1, 7-5
2. (#4) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Megan Price (BYU), 6-1, 6-0
3. (#86) Wen Sun (TAMU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU), 6-1, 6-4
4. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Janine Erasmus (TAMU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU), 6-4, 6-0
6. Sheri Olivier (TAMU) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU), 6-1, 6-2
Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Sanchez-Quintanar/Sun (TAMU) def. Price/Sheehan-Dizon (BYU), 8-4
2. Cuthbertson/Urbina (TAMU) def. Anderson/Paul (BYU), 8-3
3. Sheri Olivier/Santacroce (TAMU) def. Tran/Waldron (BYU), 8-3
Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 2, 6, 3*, 5, 4, 1
* - Clinched match
Texas A&M: 7-1