Anna Mamalat clinches No. 10 Aggies win against No. 7 Vanderbilt
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M upended seventh-ranked Vanderbilt 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies improve to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in SEC play while the Commodores fall to 10-4 and 3-1 in conference action.
“The win today is a very big win for us, especially when you consider we were without one of our top players,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said.
The Aggies jumped out to a quick start in doubles play, claiming the early 1-0 advantage with wins on court Nos. 2 and 3. The duo of Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat rolled through the Commodores team of Frances Altick and Sydney Campbell 8-2 at the No. 3 line. Trailing 6-5 on court No. 2, the tandem of Ines Deheza and Saska Gavrilovska broke the serve of Vanderbilt’s 50th-ranked pair of Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares on their way to claiming the final three games for the 8-6 win.
A&M expanded its lead to 2-0 when 15th-ranked Cristina Stancu defeated 60th-ranked Georgina Sellyn 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 1 line. She struggled early in the first set, trailing 2-0, but hit her stride and surrendered only two games for the remainder of the match.
The Aggies pushed the lead to 3-0 after Gavrilovska ousted 107th-ranked Campbell in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The 57th-ranked player leads the Maroon and White in singles victories with eight and improved to 3-1 in SEC play.
Vanderbilt would cut into A&M’s lead to swing the momentum of the match. Freshman Jana McCord’s late surge came up just short at the No. 6 line, falling to Casares 6-2, 7-5. Sophomore Stefania Hristov dropped her match at the No. 3 line to Frances Altick 6-2, 6-3, pushing the overall score to 3-2 in favor of A&M.
After dropping the first set 6-2, Mamalat was able to break No. 81 Courtney Colton’s serve early in the second set to gain the advantage, which would prove to be the deciding factor in the frame. With the match on her shoulders, Mamalat cruised to a 6-1 victory in the third set to secure the match win for the Aggies.