Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week

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Player of the Week: On one of the most significant weekends in Texas A&M program history, Tatiana Makarova stood out as a team leader by winning all of her singles and doubles opportunities against both Tennessee and No. 7 Georgia. Against the Lady Vols, Makarova teamed up with Jayci Goldsmith and clinched the doubles point against 13th-ranked Tenika McGiffin and Daria Kuczer in an impressive 7-5 showing. Later in the match, Makarova took down No. 37 McGiffin in straight sets to help secure A&M’s 4-3 victory. On Sunday, Texas A&M took the driver’s seat in the SEC Regular Season Championship race with a stunning 7-0 demolition of the seventh-ranked and defending league champion Georgia Bulldogs on the road with Makarova leading the way. She and Goldsmith locked in the doubles point for the second time last weekend, toppling the 12th-ranked Bulldog duo of Morgan Coppoc and Ania Hertel in a 7-5 effort. In singles play, Makarova avenged a first-set loss to No. 21 Mell Reasco and notched A&M’s fifth point in the match with her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win. With Makarova at the helm, the Maroon & White sit atop the league standings in a tie with Auburn, boasting the program’s best record through 23 matches at 22-1 coupled with a perfect 8-0 SEC ledger. Makarova is unbeaten in dual match singles play at 17-0 and holds an 18-1 dual record in doubles. The Aggie graduate has defeated a ranked challenger in seven of her eight most recent opportunities and will guide A&M into a pair of key home matches against Auburn and Alabama this weekend.

Freshman of the Week: Freshman Mary Stoiana faced off against a pair of ranked opponents in singles as well as a ranked set of challengers in doubles play last week, coming away with a trio of key victories for Texas A&M in one of the most significant weekends of the season. The Southbury, Connecticut, native helped guide the Aggies to a pair of league wins on the road last week, toppling Tennessee by a 4-3 margin before recording a historic 7-0 sweep against the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs to take the driver’s seat in the SEC Championship hunt. Against the Lady Vols, Stoiana defeated former SEC Freshman of the Week and 88th-ranked Elza Tomase in a hard-fought straight set test to clinch the team match. In the sweep of Georgia, Stoiana teamed up with doubles partner Carson Branstine in a 6-4 win against No. 47 Mell Reasco and Dasha Vidmanova to help grant A&M the early 1-0 lead. In singles play, Stoiana came away with a three-set win that locked in the seventh point for the Aggies on Sunday, defeating reigning SEC Co-Freshman of the Week and No. 40 Vidmanova. The freshman continues to pace the Texas A&M roster in singles wins with a stunning 24-3 overall record coupled with a 17-1 mark in dual match play. Along with Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova, she holds an 8-0 record against SEC opponents so far this year.

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