Lady Aggie Tennis in Final Four

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Posted May 20, 2013

No. 3 seed Texas A&M continued its historic run, blanking No. 6 seed Miami, 4-0, Sunday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex to advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals for the first time in school history.

No. 3 seed Texas A&M continued its historic run, blanking No. 6 seed Miami, 4-0, Sunday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex to advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals for the first time in school history.

The Aggies will take on No. 7 seed UCLA Monday at 5 p.m. The Bruins advanced after upsetting No. 2 seed North Carolina, 4-1.

Senior Nazari Urbina capped A&M’s win with her 100th career singles victory as the Aggies improved to 25-3, breaking the school record for most wins in a season. Miami, making its nation-leading fifth consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals, ends its season 23-6.

A&M twins Ines and Paula were first off in doubles, winning seven consecutive games in a dominating 8-2 victory over Brittany Dubins and Stephanie Wagner at the No. 3 line. It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Aggie freshmen, who improve to 19-5 in dual matches.

Minutes later the Aggies’ 18th-ranked duo of freshman Stefania Hristov and junior Cristina Stancu also completed a convincing 8-2 victory at the No. 1 court, defeating Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno to clinch the doubles point and give A&M a 1-0 lead heading into singles.

The No. 2 court was on serve with A&M seniors Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun, ranked No. 49 in the nation, leading Miami’s Melissa Bolivar and Kelsey Laurente 5-4 when play was stopped.

A&M, looking to improve on its 18-1 record when winning the doubles point, got off to a quick start in singles by winning the first set on five of six courts. Miami, however, was making a bit of a comeback before Urbina clinched the win.

Stancu, ranked No. 68 in singles, dropped her opening game against 81st-ranked Laurente at the No. 2 line before reeling off six consecutive games to win the first set, 6-1. Stancu then jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set and went on to win, 6-4, to put A&M up, 2-0.

Fourth-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar overcame a 5-3 deficit against 60th-ranked Wagner to win the first set, 7-5, at the top of the lineup. Sanchez-Quintanar also fell behind in the second and was trailing 4-2 before the two-time All-American won the next four games to complete the 7-5, 6-4 come-from-behind victory, putting A&M ahead, 3-0.

Urbina, ranked No. 52 in singles, opened her match by winning the first four games against No. 105 Lina Lileikite at the No. 3 line. Urbina went on to win the first set, 6-1, and continued the momentum into the second set, winning the first three games. Urbina went on build a 5-3 lead and had three match points, but Lileikite came back to win the game to get within 5-4. Lileikite also fought off match point in the next game before Urbina closed out the 6-4 second-set victory.

Aggie freshman Anna Mamalat had won her first set, 6-4, against Albuquerque at No. 5. Miami was on the verge of splitting, taking a 6-5 lead in the second set before Mamalat tied the score at 6-6 to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was knotted at 6-all when Urbina clinched the historic win.

Hristov also was locked in a battle at the No. 6 line. Trailing 5-4 in the first set, Hristov won three consecutive games to close out a 7-5 win in the opening frame. Hristov also made a comeback in the second set, trailing 5-3 before winning the next two games to even the score at 5-5 before play was stopped.

Miami won its only set at the No. 4 line, where 102nd-ranked Riobueno held off Ines Deheza, 7-5. Riobueno jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set and was holding a 4-2 lead when play was stopped.

A&M improved to 5-2 and posted its fourth consecutive win in the all-time series against the Hurricanes. This was the teams’ first meeting since 2002, and it marked the first time the teams met in the NCAA tournament.

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