NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 11 Texas A&M men’s tennis team defeated No. 30 South Carolina in the quarterfinals of the 2014 SEC Men’s Tennis Championship Friday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center, hosted by Vanderbilt. The Aggies improved to 22-6 on the season and will take on No. 12 Kentucky in the SEC semifinals; South Carolina fell to 15-13 on the season.
“I like the way the team came out and competed today,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We have another big test tomorrow with Kentucky. Should be a really exciting match”
The Aggies continued their dominance on the doubles courts capturing the doubles point to begin the match. No. 6 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow won their match on court one over the 23rd-ranked duo of Tsvetan Mihov and Chip Cox. Clinching the doubles point were No. 64 Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant on the second court over Andrew Adams and Kyle Koch.
“I thought we played with a lot of energy in the doubles,” Denton said. “Junior was really sharp in doubles today. We really kept pressure on South Carolina by winning five first sets in singles.”
A&M transitioned well into the singles portion of the match winning the first set on five of six courts. South Carolina tied the match as Kyle Koch defeated Jackson Withrow in straight sets on court five.
The reigning SEC Player of the Week, Shane Vinsant put A&M ahead 2-1 defeating No. 107 Tsvetan Mihov on court two. The Aggie’s third point came from 57th-ranked Jeremy Efferding on court three over Thiago Pinheiro.
“Shane and Jeremy really stood out in singles action today,” Denton said. “They really made some great shots and helped us today.”
Junior Jordan Szabo clinched the maroon and white victory with a straight-set victory over Andrew Shafer on court six.
Texas A&M will face third-seeded 12th-ranked Kentucky at 10 a.m. at the Currey Tennis Center Saturday. The Wildcats defeated the Aggies 4-0 on March 7 of this season. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for information regarding Texas A&M men’s tennis.
No. 11 Texas A&M def. No. 30 South Carolina, 4-1
Texas A&M (22-6, 10-2); South Carolina (15-13, 5-7)
No 1 – No. 14 Harrison Adams (TAMU) vs. No. 55 Andrew Adams (USC) 6-3, 2-4 unfinished
No 2 – No. 21 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. No. 107 Tsvetan Mihov (USC) 6-0, 6-4
No 3 – No. 51 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. Thiago Pinheiro (USC) 6-2, 6-1
No 4 – Junior Ore (TAMU) vs. Chip Cox (USC) 6-3, 5-7, 1-1 unfinished
No 5 – Kyle Koch (USC) def. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-4, 6-2
*No 6 – Jordan Szabo (TAMU) vs. Andrew Shafer (USC) 7-5, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,2,3,6)
*clinched the match