Courtney Collins to Face Texas A&M's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar in NCAA First Round
May 21, 2013
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Memphis women's tennis player Courtney Collins will play Texas A&M's No. 4 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. CT at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Illinois.
This is Collins' second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament after becoming the first Lady Tiger Tennis player to qualify for the championships last season as a junior. In 2012, she fell in the opening round to No. 4 Robin Anderson of UCLA, 6-3, 6-0.
This season, No. 55 Collins has posted a 16-9 mark in the spring after sitting out during the fall season to recover from shoulder surgery. In her fourth match of the year, she took down No. 15 Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State in three sets to pick up her first win over a ranked opponent this season. Since then, Collins has defeated four other ranked players, including No. 11 Julia Elbaba of Virginia, the ITA Women's National Rookie of the Year, 6-4, 6-4, in Memphis' historic 5-2 win over the 16th-ranked Cavaliers in late February.
In her four years at the U of M, Collins has recorded a 95-43 singles mark and is second in the school record books in career singles wins, trailing school record holder Stacy Seamans (1979-83) by just two victories.
"Courtney is well prepared for this year's championship," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "She is much healthier than last year and has a lot of great wins under her belt to give her the confidence necessary to succeed in a tourney like this."
Sanchez-Quintanar will play this evening in the NCAA Team Championship as the No. 3 Aggies take on No. 12 Stanford in their first-ever title match. She enters with a 39-7 record and an impressive 25-5 mark over ranked opponents this season. Sanchez-Quintanar is 20-4 during the dual season at No. 1 singles for the Aggies. Her biggest win of the season came yesterday when she helped Texas A&M upset No. 2 UCLA with a win over No. 3 Anderson, 6-1, 6-3, in the NCAA semifinals. Her other win over a top-10 opponent came in early February when she beat No. 4 Elbaba, 6-1, 6-3.
"Sanchez-Quintanar is no doubt one of the best players in the country, and will be a tough first round matchup," Walker said. "Courtney has wins over a former NCAA Champion and two top-20 players. Courtney thrives in matchups like this and I am confident she is going to compete well and be successful."
The winner of the first round match will move on to play either Georgia's No. 19 Maho Kowase or UC Irvine's No. 85 Kristina Smith on Thursday in the second round.
Fans can follow live stats and a live stream of the action on the NCAA Tennis Central page here. Fans can also follow along with the match on the Memphis tennis Twitter account, @UofMTennis, or the NCAA's account, @NCAATennis2013.