URBANA, IL - At the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships, Texas A&M sophomore Jeremy Efferding drew Greg Andrews from the University of Notre Dame in the first round. The match is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. central on Wednesday, May 22 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Illinois, with the University of Illinois serving as host.
“The great thing about the NCAA Championships is there are no easy draws,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “Everyone is very good, you either play very well or you go home. Our guys have been waiting to play since last Thursday’s match against Ohio State so I know they are pumped and ready to compete.”
The Aggie men reached the Round of 16 against Ohio State in the team competition.
Efferding, from Boca Raton, Florida, is currently ranked No. 18 in the latest ITA rankings while Andrews is ranked No. 80. Efferding compiled a 26-13 record overall in singles including a 16-8 record this spring in dual matches. He became the first Aggie men’s tennis player to defeat the top-ranked collegiate player when Efferding outlasted Alex Domijan from Virginia. Efferding was 8-9 against ranked opponents and compiled a 7-4 record at the No. 1 singles line. Efferding earned first-team All-SEC honors this spring in helping the Aggies win the SEC Western Division crown.
The winner of the first round match will advance to the second round on May 23 to face either USC’s Ray Sarmiento, ranked No. 16, or Max Wennakoski from Virginia Commonwealth, ranked No. 29 in the latest ITA rankings.
In the doubles championships, the All-American duo of Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore earned a 5-8 seed and will face the Elon duo of Stefan Fortmann and Cameron Silverman in first round action on Thursday, May 23. The last Aggie doubles team to compete in the NCAA Championships was the 2011 eventual NCAA Champions Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo. Ore is a junior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Withrow is a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska. The Aggie tandem is currently ranked No. 8 in the ITA rankings while the Elon duo is ranked No. 33.
Ore and Withrow posted a 14-9 overall record with all matches coming this spring. Of the eight seeded doubles teams in the NCAA Championships, the Aggie duo has faced five of the top tandems with their top victory coming against the top Georgia tandem of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland.
The Aggie freshmen tandem of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant was selected as an alternate for the doubles championship.
The NCAA singles and doubles championship matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games will be used for all matches.