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Aggies Reach Singles, Doubles Finals at Regional

October 22, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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WACO, Texas - For the second consecutive year, the Texas A&M women's tennis team will be represented in both the singles and doubles championship matches at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional.

"I expect us to have our hands full in both final matches tomorrow," A&M head coach Howard Joffe said, "but I am confident our ladies will strive to perform at their peak and compete hard."

Both finals matches will be played Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor campus. The singles and doubles winners receive an automatic entry to the ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 8 -11 in New York.

A&M senior and No. 1 seed Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (pronounced KEEN-tah-nar) has advanced to the finals in singles for the second consecutive year and will be looking for her first regional championship title as she takes on No. 7 seed Ema Burgic of Baylor. Sanchez-Quintanar, ranked No. 4 in the preseason ITA singles rankings, won her fifth consecutive match to advance, holding off Aggie teammate Cristina Stancu, 7-5, 7-5, in today's semifinal match.

Although eliminated in singles, Stancu will be playing in the finals in doubles as she and freshman partner Stafania Hristov won a pair of matches today to advance. The unseeded Aggie duo, which upset No. 1 seed Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo of Texas Tech, 9-7, in the round of 16 on Sunday, defeated No. 7 seed Edyta Cieplucha and Alexandra Malyarchikova of SMU, 8-6, in this morning's quarterfinal match.  

The Aggies then took on a familiar tandem in the semifinals as they had to go against A&M teammates and fifth-seeded Narzari Urbina and Wen Sun. Stancu and Hristov prevailed, 8-5, to reach the championship match, where they will face Texas Tech's Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde. The Red Raiders crushed No. 2 seed Burgic and Jordaan Sanford, 8-1, in the semifinals to advance.

"As a coach, it is no fun to see our players go against each other," Joffe added. "I thought in both singles and doubles semifinals, we played the best quality tennis we have produced all fall."

Draws and results are being posted at http://texas.tournaments.usta.com/Tournaments/Common/Default.aspx.

The tournament ID # is: 800041912

Texas A&M Singles Results:

Monday, Oct. 22
SF         (1) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar d. (3) Cristina Stancu                        6-2, 6-2

Sunday, Oct. 21
Q         (3) Cristina Stancu d. (8) Samantha Adams, Texas Tech                    6-3, 7-5
Q         (1) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar d. (17) Noel Scott, Texas                  6-4, 6-2
16        (8) Samantha Adams, Texas Tech d. (17) Stefania Hristov                6-2, 6-2
16        (3) Cristina Stancu d. (9) Alexandra Malyarchikova, SMU                 7-6, 6-3
16        (17) Noel Scott, Texas d. (6) Wen Sun                                                6-4, 6-3
16        (1) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar d. (17) Victoria Kisialeva, Baylor     7-5, 7-5

Saturday, Oct. 20
32        (7) Ema Burgic, Baylor d. (17) Anna Mamalat                                   7-6(3), 6-3
32        (17) Dominique Harmath, Rice d. (5) Nazari Urbina                         6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-4
32        (17) Stefania Hristov d. (15) Jordaan Sanford, Baylor                        6-4, 6-0
32        (3) Cristina Stancu d. (17) Caroline Starck, Texas Tech                     6-2, 6-1
32        (6) Wen Sun d. (17) Elana Kordolaimi, Houston                                 6-4, 6-2
32        (1) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar d. (17) Olivia Smith, TCU                 6-3, 6-3

Friday, Oct. 19
64        (17) Anna Mamalat d. Gabriela Rojas, Texas State                           2-6, 6-4, 6-3
64        (5) Nazari Urbina d. Tatyana Postnikova, SHSU                                 6-0, 6-3
64        (17) Stefania Hristov d. Helene Czudek, Lamar                                 6-0, 6-0
64        (3) Cristina Stancu d. Liat Zimmerman, Rice                                     6-3, 6-2
64        (6) Wen Sun d. Alena Shickova, UTSA                                                 6-1, 6-0
64        (1) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar d. Elizabeth Thoms, UTA                  6-0, 6-0
128      (17) Anna Mamalat d. Liselot Koenen, Houston                                 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-1
128      (17) Stefania Hristov d. Solomlya Zinko, Rice                                    6-1, 6-0

Texas A&M Doubles Results:

Monday, Oct. 22
SF         Hristov/Stancu d. (5) Urbina/Sun                                                        8-5
Q         (5) Urbina/Sun d. (3) Beazant/Harmath, Rice                                    8-6
Q         Hristov/Stancu d. (7) Cieplucha/Malyarchikova, SMU                       8-6

Sunday, Oct. 21
16        (5) Urbina/Sun d. Sundaram/Tan, TCU                                               Wd (inj)
16        Hristov/Stancu d. (1) Adams/Kilgo, Texas Tech                                 9-7

Saturday, Oct. 20
32        Sanders/Teltumbde, Texas Tech d. Mamalat/Sanchez-Quintanar    8-5
32        (5) Urbina/Sun d. D'ortona/Dikosavljevic, UTA                                  8-6
32        Hristov/Stancu d. Horter/Kisialeva, Baylor                                        8-6

Friday, Oct. 19
64        Mamalat/Sanchez-Quintanar d. Beguelin/Burobina, UTPA               8-4
64        Hristov/Stancu d. Parshikova/Valenzuela, North Texas                     8-1

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