COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 8th-seeded Texas A&M men’s tennis team defeated Alcorn State, 4-0, in the NCAA First Round at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station on Saturday. The Aggies improve to 25-6, marking the third time in the past five years the Maroon and White have surpassed the 25-win plateau, while the Braves finish the season with a 9-9 record.
With the win, the Aggies have claimed 20-straight home matches, including a 15-0 mark in 2014 at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies will play host to the 17th-ranked Cal Golden Bears on Sunday in the NCAA Second Round, first serve is slated for 1 p.m.
“It’s good to get a win in the NCAA Tournament,” A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “I thought our guys played pretty well for it being their first match. We got over the initial jitters of it being a whole new season. Our guys have worked hard. I feel good about how we competed today. Obviously we’ll have to step it up tomorrow against a really talented California team.”
For the 27th time this season the Aggies started the dual match on the right side of the ledger. The 70th-ranked duo of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant ousted Garry Armor and Nischay Rawal, 8-1, at the No. 2 line for the pairs 13th-consecutive doubles win.
After a lengthy opening game, the 89th-ranked tandem of Jordan Szabo and Jeremy Efferding surged to an 8-2 victory over Max Tkachenko and Lucas Morviac at the No. 3 line, securing the point for the Aggies.
Efferding, the Aggies’ 70th-ranked player in the ITA rankings, wasted no time in taking down Rawal, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 3 line to push A&M’s advantage to 2-0. The junior improved to 11-1 in his last 12 decisions.
Vinsant, the 22nd-ranked player, remained red-hot in singles play, posting his 13th-consecutive victory with the 6-2, 6-0 victory over Morviac at the No. 2 line. After trailing 1-2 in the first set, the first team All-SEC performer rattled off 11-straight games to give A&M a 3-0 lead.
Junior Ore, the Aggies’ lone senior, secured the match win for the Maroon and White with his 6-2, 6-1 victory over Tkachenko at the No. 4 line. The senior jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set and claimed the final five games en-route to the win.
Texas A&M will be back in action Sunday when it hosts Cal in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the winner will advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter to stay up to date with the Aggies in the postseason
#8 Texas A&M, 4, Alcorn State 0
May 10, 2014, College Station, Texas
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
No. 1 – #19 Harrison Adams (A&M) vs. Ernesto Snatillan (ALC) 6-0, 5-2 unfinished
No. 2 – #22 Shane Vinsant (A&M) def. Lucas Morviac (ALC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 – #69 Jeremy Efferding (A&M) def. Nischay Rawal (ALC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 – Junior Ore (A&M) def. Max Tkachenko (ALC) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 – Jackson Withrow (A&M) vs. Nikita Kostikov (ALC) 6-6 (4-0) unfinished
No. 6 – Jordan Szabo (A&M) vs. Garry Armor (ALC) 6-2, 4-0 unfinished
No. 1 – #6 Ore/Withrow (A&M) vs. Santillan/Kostikov (ALC) 6-5 unfinished)
No. 2 – #70 Adams/Vinsant (A&M) def. Armor/Rawal (ALC) 8-1
No. 3 – #89 Efferding/Szabo (A&M) def. Tkachenko/Morviac (ALC) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles 2, 3; Singles 3, 2, 4
Team Records: Texas A&M 25-6; Alcorn State 9-9