ATHENS, Georgia – Texas A&M sophomore Shane Vinsant advanced to the round of 32 with a straight set victory over 60th-ranked Felipe Soares of Texas Tech in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships in Athens, Georgia. Fellow sophomore Harrison Adams fell to Dane Webb of Oklahoma on the opposite side of the bracket.
The singles and doubles competition will continue through May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, the University of Georgia will serve as host.
Vinsant was slated to faceoff with the singles draw fifth seed in Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma, but the OU senior was forced to withdraw Wednesday morning. The All-SEC first teamer and SEC Tournament MVP did not waste the opportunity, advancing to the Round of 32 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Red Raider alternate.
“I was very impressed with Shane and how he rebounded today both mentally and physically from the ordeal he went through just 10 days ago,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “He is a real warrior and exhibited that today. The most impressive part of his match today was his movement. He got to every ball, very impressive.”
The Keller native advanced to face 57th-ranked Jonny Wang of NCAA Champions Southern Cal at 1p.m. Thursday. Vinsant entered postseason play ranked No. 22 in the poll after primarily featuring on the SEC Tournament champions number two line, Vinsant went 8-0 in league matches and was 5-3 against ranked foes.
Adams, the 19th-ranked singles player in the latest ITA rankings had tough sledding in Athens facing a red-hot Dane Webb of Oklahoma. Webb, ranked No. 41 by the ITA, upset Adams 6-0, 7-5, to move forward in the tournament. The OU junior was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 3 singles earlier this week, will face No. 11 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State in the second round.
“I thought Dane Webb really played well today against Harry,” Denton said. “Webb was flowing with confidence from his match against USC from the night before in the team final. I was really proud of how much Harry has improved and how he hung in there today. Harry nearly pulled a rabbit out of the hat in his comeback attempt in the second set. Unfortunately it didn't go his way this time.”
Match times for the doubles championship were published today as the A&M tandem of junior Jackson Withrow and senior Junior Ore are set to face Henry Craig and Alex Gasson of Denver at 5 p.m., the Pioneer pair is currently ranked No. 67 in the ITA rankings.
Ore and Withrow earned their second straight bid to the doubles championship, claiming a 5-8 seed in both appearances. The duo has played all of its matches at the number one doubles lines, going 12-4 this spring including an 9-3 record against ranked pairs. The A&M pair is 3-0 in matches that finished against the top 8 seeds in this year’s NCAA doubles field.
Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter to stay up to date with the Aggies in the postseason. Live scoring for the NCAA matches can be accessed from georgiadogs.com.