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Stancu Wins Singles Championship; Is Runner-Up in Doubles

October 21, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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FORT WORTH – Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu captured the singles title and was the runner-up in doubles with partner Stefania Hristov after going 1-1 on the final day of the women’s ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships.

Stancu, the No. 2 seed in the singles competition, capped the tournament with her sixth consecutive victory, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 16 seed Kiah Generette of Baylor in the championship match. It marks the second regional championship title for the senior, who won the 2011 Atlantic Regional as a sophomore at Maryland. It also is the second consecutive year an A&M player has won the Texas Regional singles title, won last year by Aggie All-American Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar.

"Stancu is clearly playing as well as anyone in the country, and winning the regional adds to her impressive string of results,” Texas A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. “I'm not sure today was Tina's very best tennis, but she was characteristically ferocious and competitive."

Stancu and Hristov, both from Romania, were the No. 1 seed in the doubles tournament and also were the Texas Regional reigning champion as Texas A&M swept both the singles and doubles titles for the first time in school history last year. The Aggie duo, No. 8 in the 2013 ITA preseason doubles rankings and looking to earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York next month, had won four consecutive matches to reach this morning’s finals, where they went up against Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn of Texas. Stancu and Hristov, however, were unable to claim their second consecutive regional title, falling to the Texas tandem, 8-3.

“Our doubles wasn't up to par today, and I will say the Longhorns played rather well,” Joffe said.

Each of the regional winners across the country earn an automatic invitation to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y. Stancu had already earned a berth in singles at the national indoor championships after reaching the semifinals at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships earlier this month in California.

A&M had eight players, including three freshmen and two three sophomores, competing in the five-day tournament that featured some of the top players from across the state. The Aggies went a combined 18-8 in singles and 8-4 in doubles play.

"The performances overall were very encouraging with the freshmen Rutuja Bhosale, Jana McCord and Saska Gavrilovska all getting quality singles wins,” Joffe said. “Anna Mamalat beat the No. 1 seed and 10th-ranked player in nation, and Hristov performed well, too.

"Our group needs to continue to work hard in the classroom and on court, and I feel like we will have a formidable team when the season starts."

Later this week, Stancu, Hristov and twins Ines and Paula Deheza head to Orlando, Fla., to compete at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney, Oct. 24-27.

For complete tournament results, go to http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=146672

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Day 5 Texas A&M Singles Schedule (Monday, Oct. 21)

F          Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Kiah Generette (BU), 6-2, 6-1

 

Day 4 Texas A&M Singles Results (Sunday, Oct. 20)

SF         Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Simona Parajova (TCU), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

Day 3 Texas A&M Singles Results (Saturday, Oct. 19)

QF        Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Jordaan Sanford (Baylor), 6-3, 6-3

QF        Kiah Generette (Baylor) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Day 2 Texas A&M Singles Results (Friday, Oct. 18)

R16      Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Breaunna Addison (Texas), 7-5, 6-1

R16      Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Nikki Sanders (TTU), 6-0, 6-0

R16      Victoria Kisialeva (Baylor) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-2, 6-1

R32      Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Paula Deheza (TAMU), 6-1, 6-0

R32      Kiah Generette (BU) def. Jana McCord (TAMU), 6-2, 6-2

R32      Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Kim Anicete Rice), 6-0, 6-0

R32      Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Jacobea Junger (UTSA), 6-0, 6-7, 6-2

R32      Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Ratnika Batra (Texas), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

R32      Natalie Beazant (Rice) def. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU), 6-3, 6-0

Day 1 Texas A&M Singles Results (Thursday, Oct. 17)

R64      Jana McCord (TAMU) def. Kaysie Hersdorf (ACU) 6-3, 7-6

R64      Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Nada Marjanovic (ACU), 6-0, 6-2

R64      Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Sam Czarnika (TTU), 6-4, 6-1

R64      Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Liat Zimmermann (Rice), 6-3, 6-2

R64      Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. Mason Strickland (TAMU), 6-1, 6-1

R64      Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Macie Elliott (SMU), 6-0, 6-1

R64      Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) vs. Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), walkover (inj)

R64      Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Carolina Maso (LU), 6-0, 6-0

R128    Jana McCord (TAMU) def. Pippa Horn (Texas), 7-5, 6-2

R128    Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Didi Fatchikova (UTPA), 6-2, 6-1

R128    Mason Strickland (TAMU) def. Sarah Savedra (UIW), 6-1, 6-1

R128    Rutaja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Micah Hermsdorf (ACU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

R128    Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Angeles De Los Rios (UTA), 6-3, 6-2

Day 5 Texas A&M Doubles Schedule (Monday, Oct. 21)

F          Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn (UT) def. Hristov/Stancu (TAMU), 8-3

Day 4 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Sunday, Oct. 20)

SF         Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Victoria Kisialeva/Blair Shankle (BU), 8-4

CSF      Angeles De Los Rios/Astrid Gehre (UTA) def. Deheza-TAMU/Strickland (TAMU), Wo (inj)

Day 3 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Saturday, Oct. 19)

QF        Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TTU), 8-3

CQF     Deheza/Strickland (TAMU) def. Daniela Garcia/Jacobea Junger (UTSA), 8-3

Day 2 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Friday, Oct. 18)

R16      Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Kiah Generette/Jordaan Sanford (BU), 8-4

R16      Sam Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU), 8-4

C32      Paula Deheza/Mason Strickland (TAMU) def. Andi Botha/Ivana Katavic (UIW), 7-6

Day 1 Texas A&M Doubles Results (Thursday, Oct. 17)

R32      (#8) Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Jane Stewart/Solo Zinko (Rice), 8-1

R32      Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann (Rice) def. Gavrilovska/McCord (TAMU), 8-1

R32      Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU) def. Imke Jagau/Kayla Stevenson (SHSU), 8-2

R64      Anna Kate Anderson/Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Deheza/Strickland (TAMU), 8-7

R64      Gavrilovska/McCord (TAMU) def. Bella Costa/Natalie Petaia (SHSU), 8-5

Texas A&M Seeded Players:

Singles

No. 2    Cristina Stancu

No. 9    Anna Mamalat

No. 17  Rutaja Bhosale

Doubles

No. 1    Stefania Hristov/ Cristina Stancu

No. 9    Anna Mamalat/Rutaja Bhosale

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