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Texas A&M Suffers 4-3 Loss to No. 16 Northwestern

February 07, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Texas A&M women’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 16 Northwestern, 4-3, this evening in the opening round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championship at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

“Naturally our group is bitterly disappointed with the loss,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said, “however Northwestern deserves a ton of credit for playing with great passion and skill. I was very proud of our fight, and hopefully we learn and profit from the experience."

The Aggies (3-1) got off to a slow start and dropped the doubles point for the first time this season. A&M’s 22nd-ranked pair of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu suffered its first loss in three decisions, falling to 35th-ranked Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning, 6-3, at the No. 1 line.

The Wildcats (3-1) then took a 1-0 lead as Nida Hamilton and Maddie Lipp finished off 57th-ranked Rutuja Bhosale and Ines Deheza, 7-5, at No. 2. Northwestern also held a 5-4 lead at the No. 3 line when play was stopped.

"We missed out on a number of opportunities in the doubles, which is unfortunate,” Joffe said. “That made the pressure and task for a young team too great tonight."

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead at the start of singles with Hamilton defeating Bhosale, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 6 line before Hristov put A&M within 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jillian Rooney at No. 5.

Northwestern then went up 3-1 as Corning held off 14th-ranked Stancu in a contentious three-set match at No. 1. Stancu pulled away from a 4-4 tie to win the first set, 6-4, but Corning won three straight games to close out a 6-3 win in the second set to force a third-set super tiebreaker. Corning was serving for the match leading 9-7. Stancu claimed the ball went through the net on the server and therefore did not play the ball. The umpire overruled Stancu, and Corning was awarded the match-winning point that gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.

Mamalat and Deheza kept the Aggies alive and knotted the team score at 3-3 with wins at the Nos. 3 and 4 lines, respectively. Mamalat defeated Barnett, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and Deheza held off Lok Sze Leung, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9).

The match came down to the No. 2 court, where 105th-ranked Nia topped Gavrilovska, 7-5, 6-2, to give the Wildcats the victory.

The Aggies will play host and 14th-ranked Virginia Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CT) in a consolation match. Live scoring and video will be available at AggieAthletics.com.

 Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

Visit the official ITA event page for complete coverage of the 2014 ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship, including access to draws and live scores and more.

No. 16 Northwestern 4, No. 7 Texas A&M 3

ITA National Team Indoor Championship

Boar’s Head Sports Club Chapel Hill, N.C.

February 7, 2014

Singles
1.     Veronica Corning (NU) def. #14 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7)

2.     #105 Belinda Niu (NU) def. Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), 7-5, 6-2

3.     Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Alicia Barnett (NU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)

4.     Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Lok Sze Leung (NU), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (9)

5.     Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Jillian Rooney (NU), 6-3, 6-2

6.     Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU), 7-5, 6-1

Doubles (Northwestern wins the point)
1.     Barnett/Corning (NU) def. #22 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU), 6-3

2.     Hamilton/Maddie Lipp (NU) def. #51 Bhosale/I. Deheza (TAMU), 7-5

3.     Gavrilovska/Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Niu/Manon Peri (NU), 4-5 unfinished

Order of finish

Doubles:  1, 2

Singles: 6, 5, 1, 3, 4, 2

Team records

Texas A&M: 3-1

Northwestern: 3-1

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