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Aggies Look to Turn the Tide Against 35th-ranked Alabama

April 06, 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 looks to turn the tide after dropping four-consecutive matches to top-30 opponents when it travels to Tuscaloosa to take on the 35th-ranked University of Alabama. The Aggies enter the contest with a record of 13-11 and 4-5 in SEC play while the Crimson Tide enter the contest at 12-9 and 3-6 in conference.

Live stats for the event can be found here: http://www.rolltide.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm 

The Aggies are led in singles by 93rd-ranked freshman Shane Vinsant with a 14-7 record which includes a 4-3 mark in conference play. The Keller, Texas, native is 11-7 from the No. 4 singles line. 

Following Vinsant is 40th-ranked sophomore Jeremy Efferding with a record of 13-8. The Boca Raton native sits at 5-4 in conference action and 4-4 from the top singles line.

Harry Adams also features a double-digit win total, boasting a 12-8 mark in dual matches. The New Braunfels native holds a 9-5 record from the No. 3 line and stands at 3-3 from that position in the Southeastern Conference. 

Jordan Szabo is primed to earn his 30th-collegiate win with a victory on Friday. The Australian sits at 10-8 on the spring and holds a 4-4 record from the No. 6 singles line.

118th-ranked Jackson Withrow has played in limited action in the spring due to an injury, but holds a 7-5 record on the season. The Omaha native has a 5-3 mark from the No. 5 singles line and features a 2-1 record in SEC play.

Junior Ore rounds out the projected singles lineup for Texas A&M. The junior holds an 8-12 record on the spring with a 4-3 mark from the No. 2 singles line.

The Maroon and White feature two top-25 doubles tandems in the 12th-ranked pair of Ore and Withrow as well as the 25th-ranked duo of Adams and Vinsant. Ore and Withrow hold a 13-6 (5-3, SEC) record with all 13 wins coming from the top doubles position. The freshmen pair of Adams and Vinsant also features a 13-6 (6-2) record. A victory on Friday would give them their 30th-doubles win at Texas A&M. Rounding out the projected doubles lineup for the Aggies is the sophomore duo of Efferding and Szabo with an 11-7 record and a 4-2 mark in conference action.

Alabama enters the matchup also looking to rebound from a tough stretch of matches. The Crimson Tide have also dropped four-consecutive contests. In three of those outings, Alabama only featured one winner and was shutout in the other. Despite its recent shortcomings, the top-three players in the Alabama lineup have a combined record of 42-17 in the spring. Daniel Proskura (15-6), No. 69 Jarryd Botha (14-5) and No. 91 Becker O’Shaughnessey (13-6) make up the top singles trio for Alabama. In doubles, the Crimson Tide feature two-pairs with double-digit win totals. The duo of Botha and O’Shaughnessey lead the team in doubles wins with a  record of 13-10 and the tandem of David Vieyra and Proskura boast a 10-5 mark on the spring.

The Texas A&M men’s tennis team will be in action again on Friday, April 12 when it welcomes Mississippi State to the friendly confines of the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center for the final home stand of the season. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.

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