BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 2 seeded Texas A&M women’s tennis team advanced to the program’s fourth straight NCAA Tournament Round of 16 after sweeping No. 39 Baylor (4-0) in the NCAA second round Saturday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
Sending the Aggies (29-2, 13-0 SEC) to the Super Regional Round was No. 2 Mary Stoiana, the sophomore secured the fourth and final point of both Friday and Saturday’s matches, as she downed Baylor’s (17-14) No. 114 Alina Shcherbinina (7-5, 6-3).
The early advantage went to the Maroon & White, as they claimed the doubles point. Gianna Pielet/Jeanette Mireles were the first duo off the court, as they outlasted Brooke Thompson/Alina Shcherbinina on court 5 (6-4). Veteran leadership got the job done as No. 22 Jayci Goldsmith/Salma Ewing got their second win in two days, this time over Paula Baranano/Daniella Dimitrov on court 1 (6-3).
No. 108 Goldsmith expanded upon her record-setting day on Friday, as the graduate secured the first singles win of the afternoon, and 115th of her career, dominating Liubov Kostenko on court 4 (6-3, 6-3). Daria Smetannikov left the Aggies one point away from victory, as she battled with the Bears’ Daniella Dimitrov on court 5 (6-3, 6-4), claiming the freshman’s 18th win of the season.
Head coach Mark Weaver on the today’s match …
“I’ll take a 4-0 result any day of the week. I knew we would have a battle with Baylor as we always do, but it was good preparation for the next rounds in these hot humid conditions. I felt like we took care of business today, and were in good shape across the board.”
The Aggies return to the Mitchell Tennis Center Friday, May 12, where they will host No. 15 seed Tennessee with first serve set for 2 p.m.
(TAMU) No. 2 Mary Stoiana Def. (BU) No. 114 Alina Shcherbinina (7-5, 6-3)
(TAMU) No. 58 Salma Ewing – (BU) Anita Sahdiieva (6-4, 3-4) unfinished
(TAMU) No. 68 Mia Kupres – (BU) No. 83 Isabella Harvison (6-7(8), 3-2) unfinished
(TAMU) No. 108 Jayci Goldsmith Def. (BU) Liubov Kostenko (6-3, 6-3)
(TAMU) Daria Smetannikov Def. (BU) Daniella Dimitrov (6-3, 6-4)
(TAMU) Jeanette Mireles – (BU) Paula Baranano (6-7(3), 6-0, 1-1) unfinished
(TAMU) No. 22 Jayci Goldsmith/Salma Ewing Def. (BU) Paula…
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