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Aggies Garner Postseason Honors after Successful Season

June 06, 2014
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Courtesy: Bill Kallenberg
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COLLEGE STATION – Postseason honors continue to roll in for the SEC Tournament Champion Texas A&M Men’s Tennis team. The Aggies finished the season at 25-7 overall and 10-2 in SEC play advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship.

The Aggies are No. 10 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team rankings, released earlier this week. The maroon and white tallied an impressive 18 victories over teams ranked in the final ITA poll, including a nine over teams in the final top-25. A&M reached the NCAA tournament for the 21st season in a row, 22nd overall appearance.

The Aggies’ 10 conference wins this year were a program-best, eclipsing the tally of the 2001 and 2004 teams, while the 25 dual victories marked the third time a Texas A&M-coached Steve Denton squad has eclipsed the 20-win mark. The SEC Coach of the Year nod for Denton was the third league honor in his time in College Station after being named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

The Southeastern Conference placed seven teams in the final Top 25: Georgia (9), Texas A&M (10), Kentucky (12), Florida (15), Tennessee (18), Mississippi State (19) and Vanderbilt (20). Alabama and Alabama occupy the Nos. 34-35 spots, respectively, while Auburn (44) and LSU (46) complete the SEC contingent in the top-50.

The Aggie women’s team is No. 9 in the final rankings, and A&M joins Georgia, North Carolina, UCLA and Virginia as the only teams in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top-10 in the final rankings.

Individually, the trio of Junior Ore, Jackson Withrow and Shane Vinsant earned ITA All-American status. Ore and Withrow earned All-American honors for the second consecutive season after claiming a top-8 doubles seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Vinsant earned the title after advancing the NCAA Round of 16 in the Singles Championship.

The final ITA Singles and Doubles rankings were published this week and were littered with Aggies. Three Aggies; Harrison Adams (21), Vinsant (26) and Jeremy Efferding (71) found themselves on the final singles listing. Impressively, all three A&M doubles teams were among the ranked duos in the final poll. All-Americans Ore and Withrow led the way at No. 7, Adams and Vinsant at No. 63 and Efferding and Jordan Szabo at No. 85.

Vinsant finished the regular-season on a 12-match winning streak in singles play and went undefeated at 8-0 in SEC matches. The Keller, Texas native completed his season-long rise in the ITA rankings at No. 26 after garnering MVP and SEC-All Tournament team honors for his undefeated play in Nashville. Vinsant earned All-SEC recognition this year.

Adams, who played the No. 1 line for the Aggies, went 5-2 in SEC matches this spring and 14-8 in dual matches. The New Braunfels, Texas native rang up a team-leading nine wins against ranked opponents this spring. Adams garnered All-SEC First Team honors this season.

Efferding went an impressive 7-1 against league opponents this season to earn All-SEC second team honors. The junior led the team lead with 20 dual wins this spring in singles competition. The Boca Raton, Fla. native teamed with Szabo to finish 18-4 in doubles matches and 7-1 in SEC action.

Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter to stay up to date on all information regarding Texas A&M men’s tennis.

 

Final ITA Top-25 Rankings

Rank

Avg

School

Previous Week

1

90.13

University of Southern California

1

2

84.77

University of Oklahoma

2

3

82.57

UCLA

5

4

79.20

University of Virginia

4

5

78.22

Ohio State University

3

6

75.03

Baylor University

6

7

64.22

North Carolina

7

8

62.89

University of Texas

9

9

58.32

University of Georgia

8

10

57.32

Texas A&M University

10

11

55.33

University of Illinois

12

12

54.02

University of Kentucky

13

13

53.82

University of Notre Dame

14

14

52.84

Duke University

11

15

51.05

University of Florida

15

16

43.00

California

17

17

42.50

Columbia University

16

18

41.07

University of Tennessee

20

19

37.53

Mississippi State University

18

20

36.54

Vanderbilt University

19

21

35.22

University of Memphis

22

22

34.95

Clemson University

21

23

32.98

University of South Florida

24

24

31.27

Penn State University

23

25

30.22

Oklahoma State University

29

For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com.

 

2014 ITA All-Americans

Player

School

S/D

Becker O'Shaughnessey

Alabama

D

Daniil Proskura

Alabama

D

Julian Lenz

Baylor

S

Patrick Pradella

Baylor

S

Gregory Bayane

California

D

Chase Melton

California

D

Ben McLachlan

California

S

Hunter Harrington

Clemson

D

Dominique Maden

Clemson

D

Winston Lin

Columbia

S

Florent Diep

Florida

S

Ben Wagland

Georgia

D

Hernus Pieters

Georgia

D

Nathan Pasha

Georgia

S

Denis Nguyen

Harvard

S

Tim Kopinski

Illinois

D

Ross Guignon

Illinois

D

Jared Hiltzik

Illinois

S

Farris Gosea

Illinois

S

Tom Jomby

Kentucky

S

Leandro Toledo

Minnesota

S

Brayden Schnur

North Carolina

S

Kevin Metka

Ohio State

D

Peter Kobelt

Ohio State

S/D

Guillermo Alcorta

Oklahoma

S

Axel Alvarez Llamas

Oklahoma

S

Dane Webb

Oklahoma

S

Arjun Kadhe

Oklahoma State

D

Jakob Sude

Oklahoma State

D

Nik Scholtz

Ole Miss

S

Francis Alcantara

Pepperdine

D

Alex Sarkissian

Pepperdine

S/D

Andrew Adams

South Carolina

S

Roberto Cid

South Florida

S

Mikelis Libietis

Tennessee

D

Hunter Reese

Tennessee

D

Lloyd Glasspool

Texas

D

Søren Hess-Olesen

Texas

S/D

Junior Ore

Texas A&M

D

Jackson Withrow

Texas A&M

D

Shane Vinsant

Texas A&M

S

Clay Thompson

UCLA

S

Marcos Giron

UCLA

S

Mackenzie McDonald

UCLA

S

Yannick Hanfmann

USC

S/D

Ray Sarmiento

USC

S/D

Ryan Lipman

Vanderbilt

S/D

Gonzales Austin

Vanderbilt

S/D

Mitchell Frank

Virginia

S

Alex Domijan

Virginia

S

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:
Singles - Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of final ITA National Singles Rankings
 
Doubles - Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championship; reach quarterfinals in NCAA Doubles Championship; finish in the Top 10 of final ITA National Doubles Rankings 

To view the entire listing of the 2014 ITA All-Americans from all divisions as well as former ITA All-Americans, please click here

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