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Aggies Enjoy Success In Season-Opening Tourney

September 20, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team has enjoyed success in its season-opening tournament at the SEC Fall Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University. The Aggies advanced two singles players and a doubles tandem to the quarterfinals in the main draw in Nashville, in addition to freshman Tito Moreiras advancing to the third round in the consolation bracket.

Sophomores Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant both claimed three wins over the past two days to set themselves up for a potential showdown in the semifinals. Adams defeated Sean Donohue of Alabama (6-3, 6-3), Tam Trinh of LSU (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) and Tom Jomby of Kentucky (6-4, 7-6) in consecutive rounds to set up a matchup with William Kallberg of Ole Miss. Vinsant downed Stuart Kenyon of Alabama (6-4,  5-7, 6-4), Kriss Yee of Vanderbilt (4-6, 6-1, 6-2) and Florian Lakat of Florida (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)) to earn a contest against Chris Simpson of LSU. First serve for both singles quarterfinal matchup is slated for 10:30 a.m. Adams and Vinsant also teamed up in doubles to advance to the quarterfinals with two victories. The 12th-ranked duo ousted Eswaran/Offerdahl of Vanderbilt (8-5) and Swank/Schaefer of South Carolina (8-4) and will face off against Stropp/Angus of Mississippi State tomorrow morning at 9:30.

Junior Behzad Minavi advanced to the third round of the main draw with wins over Santaigo Munoz of Arkansas (3-6, 6-0, 6-3) and Andrew Korinek of LSU (6-3, 6-4) before falling to Kentucky’s Beck Pennington, 6-1, 6-4. Tito Moreiras, a freshman from San Antonio, dropped his first round contest against Brandon Fickey of Tennessee (7-6 (4), 6-4), but bounced back with two victories in the consolation bracket over Kevin Lai of Kentucky (7-6 (0), 6-3) and Pete Thomasen of Arkansas (3-6, 6-2, 6-3). Minavi and Moreiras paired together in doubles, but couldn’t claim an early victory, falling 8-6 to Kennedy/Busch of LSU.

Frankie Colunga, a freshman from College Station, downed Anton Kovringin of Vanderbilt (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) before falling to Chris Simpson of LSU in the third round (6-2, 6-0). Max Montague, a junior transfer from Saint Joseph’s, was the only Aggie to not claim a victory in Nashville, falling to Stephane Piro of Florida (6-1, 6-2) in the second round and Chip Cox of South Carolina (6-2, 6-0) in the consolation bracket. In doubles, Colunga and Montague fell in their second round contest to Parlic/Thomasen of Arkansas, 8-2.

SEC Fall Classic

Singles (Main Draw)

First Round

Brandon Fickey, UT def. Tito Moreiras, A&M, 7-6 (4), 6-4

Behzad Minavi, A&M def. Santiago Munoz, Ark., 3-6, 6-0, 6-3

Second Round

Harrison Adams, A&M def. Sean Donohue, Alabama, 6-3, 6-3

Frankie Colunga, A&M def. Anton Kovringin, VU, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Shane Vinsant, A&M def. Stuart Kenyon, Alabama, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Behzad Minavi, A&M def. Andrew Korinek, LSU, 6-3, 6-4

Stephane Piro, UF def. Max Montague, A&M, 6-1, 6-2

Third Round

Harrison Adams, A&M def. Tam Trinh, LSU, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Shane Vinsant, A&M def. Kriss Yee, VU, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Chris Simpson, LSU def. Frankie Colunga, A&M, 6-2, 6-0

Beck Pennington, UK def. Behzad Minavi, A&M, 6-1, 6-4

Fourth Round

Harrison Adams, A&M def. Tom Jomby, UK, 6-4, 7-6

Shane Vinsant, A&M def. Florian Lakat, MSU, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)

Quarterfinals

Harrison Adams, A&M vs. William Kallberg, MISS 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Shane Vinsant, A&M vs. Chris Simpson, LSU 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Singles (Consolation Draw)

First Round

Tito Moreiras, A&M def. Kevin Lai, UK 7-6 (0), 6-3

Second Round

Tito Moreiras, A&M def. Pete Thomasen, ARK 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Chip Cox, USC def. Max Montague, A&M 6-2, 6-0

Third Round

Tito Moreiras, A&M vs. Elliot Orkin, UF 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Doubles

First Round

Colunga/Montague, A&M def. Wood/Smith, UGA, withdrawal

Second Round

Adams/Vinsant, A&M def. Eswaran/Offerdahl, VU 8-5

Parlic/Thomasen, ARK def. Colunga/Montague, A&M 8-2

Kennedy/Busch, LSU def. Moreiras/Minavi, A&M 8-6

Third Round

Adams/Vinsant, A&M def. Swank/Schafer, USC 8-4

Quarterfinals

Adams/Vinsant, A&M vs. Stropp/Angus, MSU 9:00 a.m. Saturday

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