Women’s tennis wins five ITA preseason rankings: Texas A&M Athletics

TEMPE, Ariz. – Texas A&M women’s tennis received five overall selections in the ITA Division 2021-22 women’s preseason rankings, including a doubles team, a single player and a newcomer each ranked in the top 10 nationally, it announced Tuesday the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

A&M made history in the fall doubles vote, reaching the American tandem of graduates Tatiana Makarova and senior Jayci Goldsmith in position number 3 in the preseason top-60. The recognition of Makarova and Goldsmith as the top three teams nationwide places them as the best-scoring doubles team in the history of the Texas A&M program dating back to 1979. Currently, the duo is the best team. valued from the Southeastern Conference and ranks seventh. is placed ahead of Lone Star State’s next highest pair.

The Maroon & White stood out in the top singles rankings of the 2021-22 season, achieving a trio of student-athletes in the top 125 preseason. ITA Singles All-American Makarova opens the season as No. 10 overall performer, the second highest rated player in the Southeast Conference and the state of Texas. A&M also got a couple of seniors at Goldsmith and Katya Townsend in the list, ranking 103rd and 108th, respectively.

In the ranking of newcomers, first year of Aggie Mary Stoiana he made his first appearance in the preseason top 10, landing at No. 10 nationally. The natives of Southbury, Connecticut, are ranked No. 5 overall recruits and earned the coveted blue chip status according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, in addition to being ranked No. 1 player in the Connecticut and New England region.

Aggie Women’s Tennis opens the fall tournament at the Baylor Invitational (September 30-October 2) and the 2022 two-game season begins at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on January 16 with a double against McNeese and Tarleton.


# 10 Tatiana Makarova (VISITOR)
# 103 Jayci Goldsmith (VISITOR)
# 108 Katya Townsend (VISITOR)


# 3 Tatiana Makarova/Jayci Goldsmith (VISITOR)


# 10 Mary Stoiana (VISITOR)

Head coach Mark Weaver
About the representation of Texas A&M in the ITA preseason ranking …

“It’s exciting to see how well represented we are in the rankings, which speaks volumes about the strength of our team this season. We also have a handful of other players who weren’t in the rankings who are also playing at a very high level. our tennis team is loaded with talent this year and we are in a very good position to do great things this year ”.

Graduate Tatiana Makarova
By obtaining several rankings among the top ten …
“I’m pleasantly surprised to have been so high, but I was looking forward to starting the year somewhere in this strip. I’m also very happy and incredibly proud to be the best ranked doubles team in Texas A&M history with Jayci “It’s an honor, and we’re planning to roll things in that direction. Now it’s time to start working and keep moving forward!”

Major Jayci Goldsmith
In its historic pre-season recognitions …

“I’m very happy with the results! It was really exciting to have competed at the level we did last year and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve next season as a team. In doubles, Tatiana and I played together for three years, and it’s really encouraging to see how much we’ve improved. I love playing with Tatiana and we both work so well together on the court. “

Major Katya Townsend
In its individual pre-season ranking …

“I’m excited to take advantage of this last year and continue to improve the level of my game as much as I can. They operated on me after the season and I know I’ll come back stronger and I can’t wait to show my progress on the court while I contribute to contribute to the team and our future success “.

First year student Mary Stoiana
About your newcomer ranking and expectations for the season …

“This ranking is exciting because I’ve been working really hard for the last two years, so it’s great to see it finally pay off. I’m grateful for every opportunity I’ve had and I look forward to the opportunities that await me this year so I can continue to improve. and contributing to the success of the team. “


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