Contest with Aggies gives chance for upset

The two goals for the women’s tennis team this weekend are to upset the Texas A&M Aggies and get revenge on a loss from last season.

The No. 36 Horned Frogs will be taking on the No. 28-ranked Aggies, who defeated the Horned Frogs in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Horned Frogs currently stand at 1-1 overall after a 6-1 victory at the University of North Texas on Wednesday.

The team won five of six singles matches and all three of their doubles pairings against the Mean Green.

Sophomore Nina Munch-Soegaard defeated UNT’s Madura Ranganathan in a grueling No. 1 singles match by a score of 6-1, 5-7, 16-14.

Three freshmen also earned their first collegiate singles victories, as Katariina Tuohimaa, Idunn Hertzberg and Maria Babanova won the No. 4, 5 and 6 matches against UNT.

Senior Kewa Nichols said she doesn’t have any specific strategy for defeating the Aggies, but the best way to win would be for everyone to stick to her specific style of play.

Junior Anna Sydorska said she wants the Horned Frogs to jump out to an early lead so the team can have the upper hand.

“We should try to win doubles first so we can have an advantage,” Sydorska said.

Doubles play consists of three matches, with the team that wins the majority of those matches getting a point toward its final score. Six singles matches are played afterward and are worth one point apiece.

Head coach Jefferson Hammond said he wants the team to remain focused in the midst of the large amount of fan support the matchup will create.

“We try to block out any extraneous noise,” Hammond said. “The winning will take care of itself.”

The Aggies are 4-0 this season, notching a 6-1 victory over LSU on Sunday.

Play is set to begin at noon Saturday on the outdoor courts of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.