COLLEGE STATION – The No. 10 Texas A&M men’s tennis team won their eighth straight match with a 4-0 shutout of No. 29 Alabama at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center Friday evening. The Aggies improved to 19-5 overall and 8-1 in SEC play, while the Crimson Tide fell to 11-12 overall and 4-6 in league action.
The 55th-ranked duo of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo made quick work of Hayes Brewer and Andrew Goodwin on the doubles court three to stake the Aggies to a one match advantage in doubles. The Crimson Tide leveled the double’s scores on the first court with an upset of second ranked Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow dropping just their second match of the spring, 38th-ranked Becker O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura claimed the win in a tiebreaker.
Texas A&M clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 tiebreaker victory by 44th-ranked Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant over Sean Donohue and Stuart Kenyon on court two. The maroon and white have claimed the doubles point in seven of eight SEC matches this season.
“Alabama came out swinging in the doubles point and really took it to us,” Texas A&M men’s tennis head coach Steve Denton said. “That point was a really pivotal in the match. We had chance to break on court one, but could not get it done. Alabama played really well in the tiebreaker on the first court. Harry and Shane did a good job of not letting Alabama take the momentum and winning in a tiebreaker to get us the doubles point.”
The maroon and white maintained the momentum in singles action claiming the first set on four of six courts. Sophomore Shane Vinsant worked quickly to claim the second point for A&M. The 26th-ranked singles player in the country defeated No. 105 Becker O’Shoughnessey in straight-sets.
“In singles we did a pretty good job of keeping the momentum,” Denton said. “Shane played really well tonight against a really quality tennis player in Becker O’Shaughnessey. Shane did a great job of serving and hitting his shots to get back on track tonight. He came out tonight with a lot of enthusiasm and energy to get a quality win.”
Junior Jackson Withrow pushed the A&M lead to three with an impressive win on court five. The reigning SEC Player of the Week dropped just five games to Sean Donohue in the win.
It did not take long for the maroon and white to clinch the match with a pair of match points taking place on courts four and five nearly simultaneously. Senior Junior Ore was attempting to clinch the match with a break against Nikko Madregallejo, but his return sailed just long. Junior Jordan Szabo wasted little time forcing an error from Andrew Goodwin to clinch the A&M win.
“It was a real battle on that end of the courts,” Denton added. “Junior and Jordan both had a match point, but unfortunately Junior was not serving in his match. Jordan getting the win tonight to clinch the match was huge for us. If we want to make a run in the tournament, SEC or NCAA, we will need all six guys playing well at the same time and Jordan getting the win tonight will help our team a lot in the long run.”
Texas A&M will host Auburn Saturday at 6 p.m. for Senior Night honoring Junior Ore, the Aggie’s lone senior. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M men’s tennis.
No. 10 Texas A&M def. No. 29 Alabama, 4-0
Texas A&M (19-5, 8-1); Alabama (11-12, 4-6)
No 1 - #13 Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. #28 Daniil Proskura (BAMA) 2-6, 4-4 unfinished
No 2 - #26 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #105 Becker O’Shaughnessey (BAMA) 6-3, 6-4
No 3 - #52 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) vs. Stuart Kenyon (BAMA) 5-7, 5-0 unfinished
No 4 - Junior Ore (TAMU) vs. Nikko Madregallejo (BAMA) 6-2, 5-4 unfinished
No 5 - Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Sean Donohue (BAMA) 6-2, 6-4
*No 6 - Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Andrew Goodwin (BAMA) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2, 5, 6)
*clinched the match