COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Ten players from the Texas A&M men’s tennis team begin competition this afternoon at the ITA/USTA Regional Championships in Waco. The event will be held at the Hurd Tennis Center and will run through Tuesday.
The regional features some of the top players from across the state, with the winners advancing to face other regional winners across the country at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y.
“This is a great tournament for us as our region is very strong this year,” A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “This is our last opportunity to compete as a team this fall. Our guys are really excited to continue to improve their individual games and there’s no better way to lay it all on the line with teams and individuals we’re familiar with. It’s another great opportunity for our guys to distinguish themselves and make a case for a spot in the spring lineup.”
A&M’s third-ranked All-American tandem of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow are the No. 1 seeded pair in the 64-team doubles draw while the 12th-ranked sophomore tandem of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were tabbed the No. 2 seed. The other tandems for the Aggies include Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo, Behzad Minavi and Tito Moreiras and Frankie Colunga and Max Montague.
In singles, Efferding earned the No. 2 overall seed in the 128-player draw. The sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., was the highest ranked player for the Aggies in the ITA preseason rankings at No. 11. Vinsant, the No. 56 ranked player in the country, earned a No. 3 seed, while Adams (No. 67) and Ore (No. 78) both earned No. 5 seeds. Rounding out the singles squad for A&M is Colunga, Minavi, Montague, Moreiras, Szabo and Withrow.
For updated draws from Waco visit http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=140566. To learn more about the Texas A&M men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.