Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week

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Player of the Week: Carson Branstine rewrote the Texas A&M record books during the 2022 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships, guiding the Aggies to their best performance at the tournament in school history and setting a program-record ranked win along the way. Branstine posted a pair of ranked singles victories during the tournament, including a straight-set win over No. 1-ranked Eryn Cayetano of USC. Her 6-4, 6-3 win over the nation’s top-ranked player put the Aggies ahead by an insurmountable 3-0 margin in the team’s eventual 4-1 defeat of the tenth-ranked Trojans while simultaneously serving as the highest ranked singles win by a player in A&M history. On the previous evening, Branstine booked a steady 6-4, 6-4 decision over No. 53 Tatsiana Sasnouskaya, powering the Aggies to a pair of ranked team wins on the weekend. In doubles play, Branstine went 2-0 with one match left unfinished alongside Mary Stoiana, highlighting some of the most dominant doubles played by the Aggies this season. A&M has yet to drop a doubles point in the 2022 dual match campaign, with Branstine’s efforts at the No. 2 position serving as a key factor. With less than a month of her collegiate playing career complete, Branstine owns a 3-1 record against nationally ranked singles opponents, including two wins over players currently ranked in the top-15. In doubles, she holds an unblemished 5-0 record, all during the dual match slate alongside Stoiana. The Aggies are off to their best start as a team in program history, boasting an 11-1 overall record with their only loss coming by way of a 4-3 decision against fourth-ranked California.

Freshman of the Week: Texas A&M’s Mary Stoiana put together an impressive weekend of performances at the 2022 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships, helping the Aggies to their best effort at the tournament in program history. The freshman started her week off with the sixth ranked singles victory of her career, breezing by No. 51 Jessica Alsola of California in straight sets. In doubles play, Stoiana dominated alongside Carson Branstine, booking a pair of wins with one match left unfinished at the No. 2 doubles line. Against 17th-ranked Old Dominion, Stoiana helped clinch the doubles point with a 6-4 finish against Alexandra Viktorovich and Alesya Yakubovich. In the win over No. 10 USC, Branstine and Stoiana clinched the doubles point for the second night in a row, logging a domineering 6-2 victory against Salma Ewing and McKenna Koenig. Overall, Stoiana holds a team-best 6-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents in singles coupled with a 10-2 overall start in doubles. In dual matches, Stoiana boasts a perfect 7-0 record in doubles play, winning alongside three different partners at all three positions. The Maroon & White are off to their best start in school history, rolling to an 11-1 team record with two wins against teams inside the top-20, largely due to the efforts of the Southbury, Connecticut, native Stoiana.

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