COLLEGE STATION, Texas - True freshman Jeremy Efferding won his singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the overall match as the No. 12-ranked Texas A&M men's tennis team defeated No. 45 TCU, 6-1, before 491 fans at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station on Friday.
"I thought the guys did a good job today coming out and winning the doubles point," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "It was very close and then the guys found another gear and closed out doubles and we took that momentum and won several of the first sets in singles to keep the pressure on TCU. TCU is a good overall squad with some talented players. I thought Jeremy (Efferding) and Colin (Hoover) played well on my side of the courts and I understand Jackson (Withrow) played well on the other end and that was a good result."
The first doubles match in the books was at No. 3 where A&M's Niall Angus and Efferding posted an 8-5 win over TCU's Daniel Sanchez and Max Stevens. The Aggies would clinch the doubles point shortly after at No. 1 where the Aggie duo of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, currently ranked No. 55 in doubles, defeated TCU's JT Sundling and Will Stein, 8-3. The A&M No. 2 doubles team of John Lewis and Colin Hoover, ranked No. 36 in the land, made it a clean sweep with an 8-4 win over the Chappell brothers, Nick and Paul.
The first singles match off of the courts was at No. 6 where A&M's Angus swept Blake Wiggins of TCU, 6-1, 6-3. Hoover would notch the next point for A&M with a 6-2, 6-2 straight sets win over Sundling of TCU at No. 2 singles. Efferding would clinch the match and move the score to 4-0 in the Aggies' favor with his 6-3, 6-3 straight sets victory at the No. 4 line. Withrow posted his 6-2, 6-3 victory over TCU's Stein at No. 5 singles and then A&M's Alexis Klegou, ranked No. 15 in the land, defeated TCU's Nick Chappell who is ranked No. 84, 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 at No. 1 singles to make the score A&M 6 and TCU 0. In the last match standing at the No. 3 line, A&M's Ore and TCU's Facundo Lugones battled three sets with TCU winning the match and gaining a point by a 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6) victory.
The win improves A&M's record to 7-4 and marked the 41st consecutive win at home, a record for any sport in Aggie athletics. TCU falls to 4-6 on the year.
The Aggies head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday to face the LSU Tigers on Sunday in a dual match beginning at 1 p.m.
No. 12 Texas A&M 6, No. 45 TCU 1
#1-(15) Alexis Klegou (A&M) def.(84) Nick Chappell (TCU)-- 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
#2-Colin Hoover (A&M) def. JT Sundling (TCU)-6-2, 6-2
#3-Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Junior Ore (A&M)-6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6)
#4-Jeremy Efferding (A&M) def. Daniel Sanchez (TCU)-6-2, 6-3
#5-Jackson Withrow (A&M) def. Will Stein (TCU)-6-2, 6-3
#6-Niall Angus (A&M) def. Blake Wiggins (TCU)-6-1, 6-3
#1-(55) Ore/Withrow (A&M) def. Sundling/Stein (TCU)-8-3
#2-(36) Hoover/Lewis (A&M) def. N. Chappell/Paul Chappell (TCU)-8-4
#3-Angus/Efferding (A&M) def. Sanchez/Stevens (TCU)-8-5
Order of Finish:
Doubles 3, 1, 2
Singles 6, 2, 4*, 5, 1, 3
Season Records: Texas A&M (7-4) TCU (4-6)