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Danielle Collins earned one of Florida's three singles wins.

Sunday March 3, 2013No. 4 Florida Women's Tennis Falls at No. 6 Texas A&M, 4-3

College Station, Texas

Danielle Collins earned one of Florida's three singles wins.

The fourth-ranked University of Florida women’s tennis team lost a 4-3 decision on the road to Southeastern Conference newcomer and sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

 

The loss snapped the Gator’s 37-match SEC regular-season win streak. Florida’s last loss regular-season league was during the 2008-09 season. Including SEC Tournament and NCAA Championship matches, the Gators had won 45 consecutive outings against league teams.

 

“Texas A&M did a really good job,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “The real difference in the match was the doubles and unfortunately we did not play very well. For the first time all year it was really with us in our singles play. We scrapped and gave ourselves a chance to win at the end, but it was too big of a hole to dig out of today. We have credit Texas A&M for taking two three-set matches off of us. We had only lost one three-setter before today they had to win two of the team against us today so you have to give them all the credit. We’re going to rebound and play Florida State on Wednesday.”

 

Texas A&M (8-1, 2-0 SEC) won the doubles point, before the Gators (7-2, 1-1 SEC) were able to even the team scoring after freshman Brianna Morgan defeated Wen Sun, 6-2, 6-1.

 

The Aggies reclaimed the lead when Cristina Stancu upset 11th-ranked Sofie Oyen, 7-5, 6-0, on court two.

 

Florida again tied the team scoring with freshman Danielle Collin’s 6-3, 6-4 victory against Stefania Hristov and then took its first lead of the dual match when top-ranked Lauren Embree earned a 6-4, 7-5 win against sixth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar.

 

Embree’s win was her 25th consecutive in dual match singles play, as she improved to 72-5 in her career dual matches.

 

The deciding match came down to court three and TAMU’s Nazari Urbina emerged with the 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1 decision over Alexandra Cercone.

 

The Gators return to action on Wed., Feb. 6 when the team travels to Tallahassee to play Florida State beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

 

 

No. 6 Texas A&M 4, No. 4 Florida 3

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

College Station, Texas

March 3, 2013

 

Final Score: Texas A&M 4, Florida 3

 

Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3*)
1. #11 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU def. #15 Embree/Oyen (UF), 8-6

2. Sanchez-Quintanar/Sun (TAMU) vs. Collins/Caroline Hitimana (UF), 7-5 unfinished

3. Ines Deheza/Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Cercone/Morgan (UF), 8-4*

 

Singles (order of finish: 4, 2, 5, 1, 6, 3*)
1. #1 Lauren Embree (UF) def. #6 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU), 6-4, 7-5

2. #83 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. #11 Sofie Oyen (UF), 7-5, 6-0

3. #67 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. #53 Alexandra Cercone (UF), 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1*

4. #114 Brianna Morgan (UF) def. Wen Sun (TAMU), 6-2, 6-1

5. #76 Danielle Collins (UF) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU), 6-3, 6-4

6. Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. #109 Olivia Janowicz (UF), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

 

Records: Texas A&M: 8-1, 2-0 SEC; Florida: 7-2, 1-1 SEC

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s tennis:

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Twitter: @GatorZoneTennis and @GatorZoneNews

 

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