COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Texas A&M men's head tennis coach Steve Denton announced the 2012-13
schedule, which includes six challenging tournaments throughout the fall and
early January that Denton expects will prepare the Aggies for a grueling spring
schedule as a member of the Southeastern Conference.
"Surely, we must have one of
the toughest schedules in the country playing seven teams in the top 10 and 13
of the top 20 teams," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "This challenging
schedule, coupled with our maiden voyage in the SEC, with a very young and
talented team means that Texas A&M men's tennis and the 12th Man
are in for a wild ride this upcoming season."
The Aggies open the fall
season at the ITA All-American Sept. 29-Oct. 7 in Tulsa, Okla. A&M then
competes in the ITA Texas Regional with the top finishers advancing to the
prestigious USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Nov. 8-11,
in Flushing, New York.
A&M makes its only home
appearance of the fall on Friday, Oct. 26 when the Aggies host the Conference
Challenge at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
In January, A&M will
compete at the Rice Invitational and the SEC Indoor Championships before
playing its first of 21 scheduled dual matches at No. 9 Stanford in the ITA
Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 26 in Palo Alto, Calif. All 21 dual matches are
against opponents listed in the 2012 ITA final rankings, including 15 matches
against teams that finished in the top 25.
The Aggies are slated to play
10 home dual matches in the spring. Eight of the matches are against teams that
ranked in the top 25, including four teams that finished in the top 10. They
open their home schedule Feb. 10 as they play host to No. 4 Ohio State.
Following home matches
against No. 17 Tulsa and No. 10 Oklahoma on Feb. 22 and 24, respectively, the
Aggies play their inaugural SEC match at No. 41 South Carolina on March 1.
A&M's first SEC home
match will be against No. 40 Vanderbilt on March 8.
All 13 SEC men's teams
(Missouri does not sponsor men's tennis) were in the top 60 in the final 2012
rankings, with eight SEC teams being ranked in the top 25. No. 5 Georgia, which
A&M will face March 31 in Athens, is the defending SEC tournament champion.
The 2013 SEC Championship will be April 17-21 in Oxford, Miss
A&M returns seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 14-15,
advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 19th consecutive year and was No. 30 in
the final ranking after falling in the second round to eventual national
champion Southern California. In addition, Denton welcomes a pair of
outstanding newcomers including Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant. Adams
advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Junior Championships in New York
earlier this fall. The freshmen duo played doubles together this summer and won
the USTA Freeman Men's Futures Tournament in Joplin, Missouri.
2012 final ITA team rankings
(A&M's 2013 opponents are bolded):
11. Mississippi State
16. North Carolina
23. Texas Tech
26. San Diego