NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 8 Texas A&M men’s tennis team dropped a tight 5-2 match-up with No. 5 Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion in Norman. Despite the team setback, Harrison Adams registered an individual victory over the No. 2 player in the country.
“This was an awesome result for Harrison and I could not be more proud of his play today,” head coach Steve Denton said. “Harry served very well and was very clever how he attacked Alcorta, it was especially evident in a tightly contested first set tiebreaker. Harrison should derive a tremendous amount of confidence in beating one of the toughest outs in college tennis.”
For just the second time this spring the Aggies dropped the doubles point to start a dual match, A&M doubles teams are a combined 23-9 this spring. The 29th ranked duo of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo were bested by Nick Papac and Peerakit Siributwong 8-6 on doubles court three. Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma clinched the double point with an 8-7 victory over Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant.
Although A&M faced a 3-0 deficit the Aggies did not give up, No. 22 Harrison Adams captured the first point for his team on court one over No. 2 Guillermo Alcorta. Jackson Withrow captured A&M’s second and final point in a three-set victory on court five over Siributwong.
“I thought our team fought extremely hard and put us in a position to steal one on the road today,” Denton said. “After getting down 3-0,Harrison and Jackson were seemingly in control and Shane and Max were both up a set in tight second sets, which both could have gone our way. Unfortunately a couple of key break points didn't fall our way.”
The Sooners clinched the match when A&M freshman Max Lunkin ran out of steam on court six falling to Alex Ghilea and the Aggie comeback attempt fell short. No. 42 Vinsant’s upset bid of No. 4 Alvarez came up just short in a third set tiebreaker 10-8.
“Give Oklahoma credit, as they played well to extend those two matches to a third set and take back some momentum” Denton added. “We are right there against the best teams in the country and we will continue to get better.”
The Aggies return home from the Sooner state to open SEC play with matches against No. 13 Florida and No. 31 South Carolina, on Friday and Sunday respectively. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M men’s tennis.
No. 5 Oklahoma def. No. 8 Texas A&M, 5-2
Oklahoma (10-1); Texas A&M (9-4)
No 1 - #22 Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #2 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) 7-6 (9), 6-3
No 2 - #4 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. #43 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8)
No 3 - #46 Dane Webb (OU) def. #25 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 7-5, 6-2
No 4 - #28 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Junior Ore (TAMU) 6-3, 6-3
No 5 - Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
*No 6 - Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,1,5,6*,2)
*clinched the match