COLLEGE STATION – The No. 12 Texas A&M men’s tennis team will host 20th ranked Tennessee Sunday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center at noon. The match time was adjusted one hour earlier due to travel constraints for the Volunteers. The Aggies (17-5, 6-1) put a six match win streak on the line against the Volunteers (13-8, 2-5).
The Aggies are back in action after a 4-1 upset of No. 7 Georgia in front of a season high 686 fans Friday evening for USTA College Match Day. A&M rattled off four straight points after falling behind a point early in the match. Friday’s match was played with an experimental format of singles play first followed by doubles action only if necessary.
The Vols have now dropped three of their last four matches after No. 14 Kentucky defeated Tennessee Friday afternoon in Knoxville 4-1. The lone highlight and point for the Vols came on the number one court, where No. 22 Hunter Reese picked up his fifth win of the season at the top position. The redshirt junior defeated No. 10 Tom Jomby, 6-4, 6-3, to put the Big Orange on the scoreboard.
The maroon and white are paced by 26th-ranked Shane Vinsant's 25 wins, including seven in a row. No 13 Harrison Adams (23) and No. 52 Jeremy Efferding (21) have also eclipsed the 20-win plateau in 2013-14. In doubles, the 44th-ranked team of Efferding and Jordan Szabo leads the way with 20 wins, while No. 55 Vinsant and Adams have 19. The team of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow - with an overall record of 17-6 - is ranked No. 2 in the nation this week and has spent time at No. 1 this season.
The Vols are led by No. 20 Hunter Reese in last week’s ITA singles rankings, with junior Mikelis Libietis coming in at No. 38. The duo features prominently in the ITA ranking at No. 1 just ahead of A&M’s Ore and Withrow. The two top ranked teams faced off in Houston at the ITA Indoor National Championships, but the match was abandoned with Ore and Withrow ahead 5-4 as the Aggies had clinched the doubles point on the other two courts.
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