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A&M Travels to Houston to Battle Rice

February 06, 2013
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Courtesy: Jim Boyd/TCU Media Relations
(photo: Jim Boyd/TCU Media Relations)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 15 Texas A&M men's tennis team travels to Houston for a midweek match against No. 56 Rice. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Thursday.

Live scoring for the event can be found at: http://www.riceowls.com/sports/m-tennis/rice-m-tennis-body.html

The Aggies, who climbed a spot in the most recent ITA national poll, are off to their best start in 14 seasons when the 1999 team started 7-0. This marks the fourth consecutive ranked opponent for Texas A&M.

"Rice has always been a very tough opponent for us and I expect this match will be no different," said head coach Steve Denton. "Both teams have quite a few new faces in the lineup that have not been involved in this rivalry. Each player on our team has to continue to improve each day and this is another great opportunity to compete."

Texas A&M, which has a 5-0 record in dual matches, looks to continue its hot start after defeating TCU, 6-1, last weekend. The Aggies are led by freshman Harrison Adams, who leads the team in singles wins at 5-0, followed by a trio of sophomores in 87th ranked Jordan Szabo, 103rd ranked Jeremy Efferding and Jackson Withrow who all boast 4-0 records. Rounding out the Aggies are freshman Shane Vinsant at 4-1 and junior Junior Ore at 3-0. Texas A&M boasts an impressive 26-1 record in dual matches for singles play.

On the doubles side, the No. 6 tandem of Adams and Vinsant is tied with Ore and Withrow for the team lead in wins, with both posting 4-0 records. Following those pairs is the duo of Efferding and Szabo with a 3-0 record in dual matches. Texas A&M currently sits at a combined 12-0 in doubles matches on the spring.

Rice (2-3) returns four letterwinners from last season's 18-9 squad. Leading the way for the Owls is junior Phillip Seifert and freshman Tommy Bennett who both hold a 4-1 record on the season. In doubles, Rice is led by the duo of Bennett and freshman Adam Gustaffson who lead the team with three wins. Rice looks to bounce back from its most recent loss against Miami where the Owls dropped a 6-1 decision in Coral Gables.

The Aggies and Owls last met on the courts last season when Texas A&M swept Rice, 7-0, at the George P. Mitchell Center in College Station.

Texas A&M will make its home debut on Sunday when the Aggies host No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday. To learn more about Texas A&M men's tennis, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.

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