Lady Tigers Shut Out by No. 3 Texas A&M
BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU Lady Tigers (7-8; 0-5 SEC) fell 7-0 to No. 3 Texas A&M University (12-1; 5-0 SEC) Friday at W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.
Texas A&M took the doubles point on courts two and three. The pair of Caroline Hudson and Keri Frankenberger competed together for the first time this season and fell 8-1 in the No. 2 position to the Aggies' Anna Mamalat and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar. The Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor duo followed, facing an 8-3 loss to Texas A&M's No. 80 doubles team of Paula Deheza and Ines Deheza on court three.
"(Texas A&M) plays the way that we've been trying to teach our team to play," head coach Julia S. Sell said. "They're the most mentally-disciplined team we've played thus far. Being able to play at a high level isn't about being able to play for one or two points, it's being able to maintain it for three or four hours straight. That's what separates where we are from where top 10 teams are."
The Aggies snagged wins on all six courts in singles, starting with Texas A&M's Stefania Hristov taking a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hudson in the No. 6 position. Sophomore Mary Jeremiah followed with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to the Aggies' No. 62 Cristina Stancu on court two.
Court four's competition clinched the match for Texas A&M, as junior Ariel Morton fell 6-2, 6-2 to the Aggies' Ines Deheza.
Senior Frankenberger secured a 3-1 first-set lead on court five, but ultimately fell 6-4, 6-1 to the Aggies' Wen Sun. Freshman Taylor also fought through a close first set against Texas A&M's No. 43 Nazari Urbina, but faced a 6-4, 6-0 defeat in the No. 3 spot.
Senior Burns took on the sixth-ranked player in the country, Sanchez-Quintanar, in the No. 1 position and posted a 6-3, 6-2 loss that gave the Aggies the final point of the day.
The Lady Tigers will face their next competition Sunday at 11 a.m. CT against No. 75 University of Missouri at the W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.
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#3 Texas A&M 7, #66 LSU 0
1. #6 C. Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #62 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
3. #43 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Wen Sun (TAMU) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Caroline Hudson (LSU) 6-1, 6-0
1. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) vs. #9 Cristina Stancu/Stefania Hristov (TAMU) 3-7, unfinished
2. Anna Mamalat/C. Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Caroline Hudson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 8-1
3. #80 Paula Deheza/Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 8-3
Texas A&M 12-1; National ranking #3
LSU 7-8; National ranking #66
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,2,4,5,3,1)