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Aggies Look to Avenge Earlier Loss at Tennessee on Friday

March 28, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 12th-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team travels to Knoxville to take on fifth-ranked Tennessee for a 2 p.m. match at the Goodfriend Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The Aggies enter the contest at 13-8 and 4-2 in SEC play while the Volunteers come in with a 16-5 record and a 2-1 mark in conference play. The Maroon and White are currently in sole possession of second place in the conference while Tennessee is tied for fourth. The Aggies are looking to avenge an earlier 4-3 loss this year to the Volunteers at the ITA National Indoor Championships.

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“We had a tight match with them the first time around,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We were able to get up 3-1, but we just couldn’t close the deal. We’re very excited to get another shot at them tomorrow. This match has the makings of being an extremely exciting college tennis match.”

The Aggies are led in singles by 40th-ranked Jeremy Efferding with a 13-5 mark, including a 5-1 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The sophomore is 6-4 over his last ten matches and boasts a 4-1 mark from the No. 1 singles line.

Tied with Efferding for the team lead in singles wins is 93rd-ranked freshman Shane Vinsant who also holds a 13-5 record on the spring. The Keller, Texas, native holds a 10-5 mark from the No. 4 line and would earn his 20th-collegiate win with a victory this weekend.

Following Vinsant is his doubles partner, Harry Adams, who holds an 11-6 mark. The freshman enters the contest with a record of 8-3 from the No. 3 singles line.

Also in the double-digit win-column is sophomore Jordan Szabo with a 10-7 record including a 3-1 mark in conference action. The Australian is 4-3 from the No. 6 singles line and would earn his 30th-collegiate victory with a win Friday afternoon.

Rounding out the projected singles lineup for Texas A&M is 118th-ranked Jackson Withrow (6-5, 1-1 SEC), Behzad Minavi (8-2, 3-2 SEC) and Junior Ore (7-10, 3-2 SEC).

“The interesting thing about this match is we have six completely different matchups tomorrow than we had in our first meeting,” Denton said.

The Aggies were able to claim the doubles point in the previous matchup this season with the Volunteers, but couldn’t secure the victory. Texas A&M is led in doubles by the 11th-ranked tandem of Ore and Withrow with a 12-4 record with all 12 wins coming from the top doubles lineup. The pair also includes a 4-1 mark in SEC play. Also tied for the team lead in doubles wins is the aforementioned 25th-ranked duo of Adams and Vinsant with a 12-4 mark including a perfect 5-0 record in conference action. Rounding out the projected doubles lineup for the Maroon and White is the pair of Efferding and Szabo with a 9-6 record.

Texas A&M will be in action again on Sunday when it travels to Athens to take on the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. First serve is slated for 12 p.m. (CT). To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.

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