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Aggies Open 2014 Season at No. 12 in ITA Rankings

January 02, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team opens the 2014 season ranked No. 12 in the ITA Division I Tennis Rankings the collegiate tennis governing body announced on Thursday. Juniors Jeremy Efferding and Behzad Minavi as well as sophomores Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant appeared in the individual singles rankings while the tandems of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow as well as Jordan Szabo and Efferding made appearances in the doubles rankings.

The Aggies were among ten teams in the Southeastern Conference to crack the top-25 with Georgia (3), Tennessee (6), Kentucky (9), Mississippi (11), Texas A&M (12), Mississippi State (14), Florida (15), Vanderbilt (16), South Carolina (18) and LSU (24) rounding out the conference. Other squads on the schedule for the Aggies include Ohio State (5), Oklahoma (10), Illinois (22), Tulsa (25), Auburn (28), Alabama (33), TCU (39) and Arkansas (58).

Jeremy Efferding enters the spring as the highest ranked singles player for the Aggies, coming into the season at No. 13. The Boca Raton native became the first player in A&M history to upset the nation’s top-ranked player when he downed Virginia’s Alex Domijain, 6-3, 7-6 (4), on March 13, 2013. During his sophomore campaign, Efferding garnered All-SEC first team honors as well as All-SEC Tournament accolades.

Harry Adams opens as the No. 19 singles player in the nation after claiming the SEC Fall Classic singles championship in September. As a freshman, Adams garnered All-SEC second team honors and All-Freshmen team accolades  in addition to advancing to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in doubles with partner Shane Vinsant.

Shane Vinsant opens as the No. 38 singles player in the nation after advancing to the finals in singles at the ITA/USTA Texas Regionals. In his freshman campaign, the Keller native was named to the All-SEC second team as well as earning All-Freshmen team accolades.

After an impressive fall campaign, junior Behzad Minavi enters the ITA singles rankings for the first time in his career. As a sophomore, Minavi posted a 9-4 mark in dual matches.

Senior Junior Ore and junior Jackson Withrow enter the spring season with the highest overall ranking for the Aggies, entering at No. 6. In the fall, the duo was named as an at-large pair to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, New York, competing against the top competition nationally. Last season, Ore and Withrow garnered All-America honors by being named a 5-8 seed at the NCAA Individual Tournament.

Jordan Szabo and Efferding are making their first appearance in the ITA rankings at No. 20 after primarily playing the No. 3 doubles line for the Aggies last season.

The Aggies open the spring season with a double-header on January 19 against Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-Pan American. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.

Men's National Team Rankings 

Administered by the ITA

NCAA Division I Tennis

January 2, 2014

   

 

 

Rank

School

2012-13 Final Rank

 

1

University of Virginia

1

 

2

UCLA

2

 

3

University of Georgia

3

 

4

University of Southern California

5

 

5

Ohio State University

4

 

6

University of Tennessee

6

 

7

Duke University

7

 

8

Baylor University

12

 

9

University of Kentucky

9

 

10

University of Oklahoma

13

 

11

University of Mississippi

10

 

12

Texas A&M University

14

 

13

Pepperdine

8

 

14

Mississippi State University

11

 

15

University of Florida

16

 

16

Vanderbilt University

15

 

17

California

17

 

18

University of South Carolina

18

 

19

Wake Forest University

19

 

20

University of Texas

23

 

21

University of Memphis

20

 

22

University of Illinois

24

 

23

Clemson University

21

 

24

Louisiana State University

22

 

25

University of Tulsa

25

 
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