COLUMBIA, Mo. (KBTX) – The No. 6 Texas A&M women’s tennis finished the most dominant regular season in program history Sunday morning at the Green Tennis Center, as the Aggies beat the Missouri Tigers by a margin of 4-0. The Maroon & White went undefeated in conference for the first time in school history and had the most single-season wins by any Aggie team.
At the end of the regular season, the Aggies had the most wins in program history with an overall record of 27–1. A&M led the table in Southeastern Conference play, beating all opponents in conference play for the first time since Maroon & White began playing doubles matches in the 1980 season. The Aggies have locked in the 2022 Southeastern Conference regular season championship and will look to defend their league title as the top seed at the SEC Women’s Tennis Championships beginning Friday, April 22. In the loss, Missouri drops to 7-19 overall with an SEC regular season 2-11.
Prior to the 2022 campaign, the winningest season in school history belonged to the 2013 runners-up national team which posted an overall record of 26-4 with a 12-1 mark in SEC play. Under then-head coach Howard Joffe and remarkable All-American Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, the Aggies posted a dominant 20-2 effort in the regular season and followed it up with the greatest postseason run in school history, ultimately falling to Stanford by a 4-3 margin in the national championship game. The 2013 team also held the previous school record for the longest 13-game winning streak, which was shattered by A&M’s current 17-game streak.
The Maroon & White started the day in doubles, where the Aggies navigated the top two courts for a pair of wins. A&M earned the doubles point for the seventh straight game and the 26th time this year. Carson Branstine and Mary Stoiana, the nation’s 44th-ranked doubles tandem, beat Emelie Schwarte and Elys Ventura in a clean 6-0 sweep. A&M locked the first edge on the first court, where No. 2 Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova beat Bronte Murgett and Gabriela Martinez. Renee McBryde and Gianna Pielet held a 4-1 lead over Romary Cardenas and Ellie Wright, but the match went unfinished after the doubles point was secured.
In order to avoid impending bad weather, the entire game on Sunday was played indoors. Missouri’s indoor facility featured four courts, with the best four singles matches played first and the final two matchups remaining pending the next available slot. A&M won the first four sets and swept the best three singles matchups to secure their final regular season victory. 18 Makarova beat Wright in a 6-1, 6-0 demolition to extend Aggie’s lead to 2-0. In the next half hour, No. 16 Branstine secured a hard-fought 6-1, 7-5 victory over Murgett, while No. 64 Stoiana won the sweep in a 6-0, 6-4 result. against Ventura.
On an individual basis, Makarova is one win away from the century mark in singles wins, having amassed a 99-34 overall record during her storied career. In doubles, Makarova has recorded 105 career wins and ranks third among the winningest players in school history. Stoiana extended her lead after her decisive ninth point on Sunday, making her personally responsible for the fourth decisive point in a third of all Aggie’s wins this year. Stoiana holds the best singles record on the roster this year, currently posting a 29-3 record with an active 15-game winning streak.
The No. 6 Texas A&M awaits the start of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Tennis Championships as the regular-season champion and the top-seeded Aggies begin play in the quarterfinals of the tournament. A&M’s first match at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. is scheduled for Friday, April 22. Opponent and first serve information will be announced as it becomes available.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Mark Weaver
In making history as A&M’s winningest team…
“It’s just been an incredible regular season. We went undefeated in the SEC, undefeated at home, undefeated in real road games and suffered our only loss at the ITA Indoors. Finishing the regular season with the most wins in the history of the program, that’s the kind of thing you dream about as a head coach I’m afraid I’ll wake up and realize it was all a dream, but this thing is really happened. We have such a great group of tennis players. We have to take advantage of this moment and prepare to get back to work next week. This group has improved over the season, and that’s it. what you can really ask for as a coach.
TENNIS MATCH RESULTS
#6 Texas A&M 4, Missouri 0
Green Tennis Center – Columbia, Missouri
1. #16 Carson Branstine (TAMU) vs Bronte Murgett (MIZ) 6-1, 7-5
2. #18 Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) vs. Ellie Wright (MIZ) 6-1, 6-0
3. #64 Mary Stoiana (TAMU) vs. Elys Ventura (MIZ) 6-0, 6-4
4. Jayci Goldsmith (TAMU) v Emelie Schwarte (MIZ) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
5. Gianna Pielet (TAMU) v Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) 0-1, unfinished
6. Katya Townsend (TAMU) v Romary Cardenas (MIZ) 0-0, unfinished
1. #2 Jayci Goldsmith / Tatiana Makarova (TAMU) def. Bronte Murgett / Gabriela Martinez (MIZ) 6-1
2. #48 Carson Branstine / Mary Stoiana (TAMU) def. Emelie Schwarte / Elys Ventura (MIZ) 6-0
3. Renee McBryde / Gianna Pielet (TAMU) v Romary Cardenas / Ellie Wright (MIZ) 4-1, unfinished
Finishing order: Doubles (2, 1); Singles (2,1,3*)
- Texas A&M set the single-season winning record Sunday against Missouri as the Aggies improved to 27-1 overall. The Aggies are ranked No. 6 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and hold the No. 4 ranking by the United States Tennis Association.
- A&M finished conference play undefeated for the first time in program history, regardless of Aggies conference affiliation. The Maroon & White posted a 13-0 record in SEC play.
- Missouri drops to 7-19 overall and wraps up SEC action with a 2-11 record.
- The Aggies extended their lead over the Tigers in the all-time series to 27-2.
- Head coach Mark Weaver improves to 137-56 overall in his Aggieland career, which began before the 2015-16 season.
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