COLLEGE STATION – The No. 12 Texas A&M men’s tennis team played in front of the 12th Man for the first time in nearly a month as they defeated TCU 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies tallied their 15th win on the season against just four defeats; the Horned Frogs fell to 8-7 this spring.
“It makes a huge difference for us playing at home,” Denton added. “Our guys love playing on the home courts and in front of the fans. Today was a great opportunity for our fans to come out and see the team play because they are really playing at high level over the last couple of weeks.”
The maroon and white outlasted the visitors in doubles to lay claim to the first point of the day. Freshman Tito Moreiras partnered with senior Junior Ore on court three to defeat Hudson Blake and Facundo Lugones. The 38th-ranked duo of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo were topped 8-5 by Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel on court two. The sophomore pair of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant clinched the point for the home team with a win over the 13th-ranked tandem of Nick Chappell and Will Stein.
“It was good for us to come out and take care of the doubles point,” head coach Steve Denton said. “Shane and Harry faced a really tough out for doubles on court one, but they stuck with it and took care of their serve and played a really good close out game. It is a mark of a good team and good players when they play their best tennis at the end of tough sets.”
Texas A&M captured the first set on four of six singles courts after a short break. No. 50 Jeremy Efferding put the Aggies ahead 2-0 by defeating No. 99 Facundo Lugones on court three. Not too long afterwards No. 23 Shane Vinsant topped No. 109 Arnau Dachs on court two, giving the maroon and white a 3-0 lead.
Junior Ore clinched the match in three-sets on court four. The senior fell behind a set 7-5, but rallied to defeat Rodolfo Bustamante 6-2, 6-3 in the second and third sets respectively. Jordan Szabo claimed the final point of the day for A&M on court five with a win over Trey Daniel 6-4, 6-4.
“It was really big for us to have Junior come all the way back to take the point,” Denton said. “It is always big keeping a point off the board for the other team, but it was really good for Junior to tough out that point. He really needed the win and it will be big for his confidence going forward because we will need everyone in the lineup playing well as we go forward this season.”
A&M remains home for a match Tuesday evening with Rice at 6 p.m. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M men’s tennis.
No. 12 Texas A&M def. No. 47 TCU, 5-2
Texas A&M (15-5, 5-1); TCU (8-7, 0-0)
No 1 – #54 Nick Chappel (TCU) def. #13 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 2-6, 7-6(10), 1-0(10-6)
No 2 – #23 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #109 Arnau Dachs (TCU) 6-1, 6-4
No 3 – #50 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #99 Facundo Lugones (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
*No 4 – Junior Ore (TAMU) def. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
No 5 – Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Trey Daniel (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
No 6 – Andres Alfonzo (TCU) def. Tito Moreiras (TAMU) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1) Singles (3,2,4,5,6,1)
*clinched the match