ATHENS, Ga. - The storied career of senior Astrid Gehre came to an end on Thursday afternoon as she, and partner freshman Anna Wichert, fell in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Doubles Championship to No. 7 Rutuja Bhosale/Rachel Pierseon from Texas A&M.
The Maverick pair battled in a tightly contested opening set that saw neither team show any weakness on serve, each holding through a 5-5 tie. Unfortunately for the UTA tandem, Texas A&M broke the Mavs' serve on 40-40 to claim the set. Texas A&M took the second set 6-3 to clinch the match.
"I am very proud of the girls and the way they represented the University and the Sun Belt Conference here on the national stage," UTA coach Diego Benitez said. "It is something that we take with us with a lot of pride."
Gehre and Wichert, a first-team All-Conference selection, finished the season with an 18-3 record, good for second in single-season winning percentage. It was the first matchup for the duo against a squad from Texas A&M.
The pair played a cool opening set as each were able to take advantage of their opportunities to stay in the match. Gehre was able to lob a tough forehand into the corner to save her serve and tie the match at 5-5. However, a tough serve got the best of the UTA group as a shot landed in near the line to claim the set.
"I thought we played a very competitive first set," Benitez said. "One thing that I liked is that the girls were very determined from the beginning and climatized to the level and atmosphere of playing in the venue. They played very maturely. A point here or a point there would have won the first set. They got an early break and we were just playing from behind in the opening set, and that is tough to overcome."
The loss in the NCAA opening round meant the end of the career for Gehre as a Maverick. Gehre finishes with the second-most wins in UTA history with 78 in doubles.
"I am very proud of Astrid and the way she played for four years," Benitez said. "Going out from college tennis on a national event is something she really deserved. She played with her heart day in and day out. She was committed to the University and committed to the level of excellence every time she stepped on the court. I am thankful that she was part of our team, and that I was part of her team. I wish her the best of luck. She will always be an ambassador for our program."