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Women’s Tennis Falls at No. 21 Texas A&M
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Women’s Tennis Falls at No. 21 Texas A&M

College Station, Texas – ­No. 14 South Carolina women’s tennis was bested 6-1 on the road at No. 21 Texas A&M to open SEC play.

In doubles, the decision was quick with the Aggies taking the No. 3 match 6-0 and the No. 2 match 6-4 to claim the point.

In singles play, the Aggies clinched the match with straight set wins on Courts 3, 6, and 4 then added another point from Court 2.

At the top of the lineup, No. 7 Ayana Akli was taking on the nation’s top-ranked player in Mary Stoiana. The Gamecock took the first set 6-2 but the Aggie took the second 6-4. With the match already clinched, the final set was played as a ten-point tiebreaker that Stoiana came out on top of 10-7.

The final match on was between Elise Mills and Daria Smetonnikov on Court 4. The Aggie took the first set 6-2 but Mills battled back to claim the second set in a lengthy tiebreaker 7-6(8). Again, the final set was played as a ten-point tiebreaker with the lead changing multiple times throughout and neither player being able to hold the lead by more than one point. Eventually after saving match point at 9-10, Mills was finally able to claim the win 13-11.

The women’s tennis team will continue SEC opening weekend on the road, traveling to Baton Rouge to take on No. 63 LSU on Sunday at noon ET.

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#21 Texas A&M 6, #14 South Carolina 1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1)

1. #4 Mary Stoiana/Mia Kupres (TAMU) vs. #45 Sarah Hamner/Ayana Akli (SC) 5-3, unfinished

2. Jeanette Mireles/Lucciana Perez (TAMU) def. Elise Mills/Misa Malkin (SC) 6-4

3. Sydney Fitch/Nicole Khirin (TAMU) def. Olympe Lancelot/Shahar Biran (SC) 6-0

Order of finish: Singles (3,6,4,2,1,5)

1. #1 Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. #7 Ayana Akli (SC) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)

2. #19 Nicole Khirin (TAMU) def. #6 Sarah Hamner (SC) 6-4, 7-5

3. #29 Mia Kupres (TAMU) def. #119 Shahar Biran (SC) 6-3, 6-2

4. Lucciana Perez (TAMU) def. Misa Malkin (SC) 6-0, 6-4

5. Elise Mills (SC) def. Daria Smetannikov (TAMU) 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 1-0 (13-11)

6. Jeanette Mireles (TAMU) def. Olympe Lancelot (SC) 6-1, 6-2