Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week

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Player of the Week: Carson Branstine led the Texas A&M women’s tennis team to the top spot in the SEC Standings last weekend, helping the Aggies maneuver past No. 9 Auburn in sweeping fashion before dispatching with Alabama Sunday afternoon. Under Branstine’s direction, the Aggies improved to 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play for the first time in program history and saw the Maroon & White log 10 consecutive league victories for the first time in school annals, irrespective of Texas A&M’s conference affiliation. The junior dropped a grand total of six games across four singles sets played, defeating No 65 Selin Ovunc of Auburn by a 6-2, 6-1 margin before defeating 74th-ranked Loudmilla Bencheikh of Alabama on Sunday by a 6-1, 6-2 score. In doubles play, Branstine teamed up with freshman Mary Stoiana and notched a 6-3 decision over Auburn’s Adeline Flach and Georgie Axon to clinch the doubles point in A&M’s eventual 7-0 rout of the Tigers. Against the Crimson Tide, Branstine and Stoiana clinched the doubles point yet again following a 6-1 demolition of Anna Parkhomenko and Petra Sedlackova on court two. With Branstine taking a leading role, the Aggies hold their best record all-time at 24-1 overall and have won 15 consecutive matches dating back to the team’s lone loss of the season against then-No. 4 California during the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships.

Freshman of the Week: Mary Stoiana continues to take an active leadership role on Texas A&M’s record-setting 2022 roster, leading the pack of singles players with a stunning 26-3 overall record with an 11-2 mark against nationally ranked singles opposition. Stoiana continued to impress last week, as the Aggies toppled No. 9 Auburn and Alabama to take sole possession of the top spot in the Southeastern Conference Standings. with a 10-0 record in league play. Against Auburn, Stoiana and her partner Carson Branstine started things off by clinching the doubles point over Georgie Axon and Adeline Flach in a 6-3 outing. Later, in singles play, Stoiana published a three-set effort against No. 81 Carolyn Ansari that saw the freshman crack the double-digit win mark against ranked opponents this year. In A&M’s second match of the weekend against Alabama, Stoiana and Branstine secured the doubles point yet again with a 6-1 rout of Anna Parkhomenko and Petra Sedlackova on court two. In singles action, Stoiana was the first off the courts in a stunning 6-2, 6-1 demolition of No. 107 Sedlackova on court three. Stoiana, a native of Southbury, Connecticut, owns the third longest win streak on the team at 12 consecutive victories and is one of three Aggies to boast an unblemished 10-0 record against SEC singles opponents this year, all at the No. 3 line.

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