"At the National Indoors, there is absolutely no room for easing one's way into form," A&M coach Howard Joffe said. "The field is the strongest of any event in college, including the NCAA individual tournament. Cristina and Tina and Stef understand that if they want to advance they will need to perform at a high level. This challenge is something I hope they will embrace, because win or lose they will surely profit from the competition."
Sanchez-Quintanar, the highest ranked player in A&M history at No. 4 in the preseason ITA singles rankings, is the No. 2 seed in the 32-player singles draw. She is making her second consecutive appearance in the tournament after earning an automatic berth by winning the singles title at the ITA Texas Regional last month in Waco, Texas.
The senior from Campo de Criptana, Spain, will face 11th-ranked Danielle Lao of USC Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Hristov and Stancu, both from Romania and in their first year at A&M, received an automatic bid by winning the doubles title at the Texas Regional. Despite being paired together for the first time, Hristov, a freshman, and Stancu, a junior, reeled off six consecutive victories to win the regional championship and advance.
They will face seventh-ranked Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine in the first round of the 20-team field, Thursday at a time to be determined.
Live scoring of the tournament will be available at itatennis.com. In addition, Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will be on site throughout the week starting Thursday, providing a live broadcast beginning at 10:15 a.m. (ET) each day.