COLLEGE STATION – The No. 10 Texas A&M men’s tennis team will host 29th-ranked Alabama and 36th-ranked Auburn Friday and Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The matches are the final regular season contests of the year for the Aggies, first serve is set for 6 p.m. both nights.
Texas A&M (18-5, 7-1) enters the weekend tied for first in the SEC standings with No. 8 Georgia (12-6, 7-1). The Aggies handed the Bulldogs their first conference loss last weekend, SEC Player of the Week Jackson Withrow clinched the win on USTA College Match Day with a three-set victory over 117th-ranked Nick Wood. Sophomore Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant each prevailed in straight-set wins over top-40 opponents on Friday night. A&M finished the perfect weekend with a sweep of 20th-ranked Tennessee Sunday afternoon. Junior Jeremy Efferding clinched the match on court three only dropping five points in the straight-set victory.
Alabama (11-11, 4-5) went 2-0 last weekend with wins over No. 26 Vanderbilt and No. 13 Kentucky by scores of 4-1 and 4-2, respectively. The Tide won the doubles point in both matches and got singles wins from Daniil Proskura, Becker O'Shaughnessey and SEC Freshman of the Week Nikko Madregallejo against the Commodores, and Andrew Goodwin, Stuart Kenyon and Madregallejo versus the Wildcats.
Auburn (14-9, 4-5) dropped both matches against Vanderbilt and Kentucky last weekend, the Tigers are currently on a four match losing skid. With Sunday’s match against the Commodores tied at 3-3, senior Daniel Cochrane fell in a third-set tiebreaker on court two 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to Vanderbilt’s No. 57 Ryan Lipman in a thriller, sealing the win for the Commodores and ending the Tigers’ comeback effort that came up just short.
The maroon and white are paced by 26th-ranked Shane Vinsant's 25 wins, including seven in a row. No 13 Harrison Adams (23) and No. 52 Jeremy Efferding (22) have also eclipsed the 20-win plateau in 2013-14. In doubles, the 44th-ranked team of Efferding and Jordan Szabo leads the way with 21 wins, while No. 55 Vinsant and Adams have 20. The team of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow - with an overall record of 17-6 - is ranked No. 2 in the nation this week and has spent time at No. 1 this season.
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Saturday’s match against Auburn will be Senior Day for Texas A&M’s lone senior, Junior Ore. A special recognition is scheduled for immediately prior to the 6 p.m. match, Aggie Athletics asks the 12th Man to be in the stands early to honor Junior’s career in the A&M uniform.
Texas A&M Tennis keystraps will be handed out to the first 100 fans through the Mitchell Tennis Center gates on Saturday. Double Dave’s pizza will be provided to the first 100 Texas A&M students at Saturday’s match.
Texas A&M will face off with Ole Miss on April 11 before concluding their regular season at Mississippi State next Sunday, April 13.