TULSA, Okla-Several members of the Texas A&M men's tennis team
will open fall play by competing in the ITA All-American Championships held at
the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The pre-qualifying
singles begin play on Saturday, Sept. 29.
"We are excited to kick off the fall season this weekend in
Tulsa," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "The ITA All-American is the
strongest tournament in our fall schedule. I know our guys are wanting to
compete against someone else besides a teammate. You get a little tired of
beating up on each other as we have been doing since the start of the fall
semester. This tournament will gauge where our players are and what they need
to continue working on as the fall progresses."
For the Aggies, Jordan Szabo, a sophomore from Australia, opened
with a bye in the first round and will face Tin Ostojic from Wichita State in
the second round on Saturday. The match is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.
Alberto Bautista, a junior from McAllen, Texas, is seeded No. 9 in
the bracket also drew a bye in the opening round and will face Baylor's Robert
Verzaal at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Sophomore Jackson Withrow, from Omaha, Nebraska, drew a bye in the
opening round and will face the winner of the first-round match between
Alexander Golding from Pacific, or Stefan Lindmark from Ole Miss. Withrow's
second-round match is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Redshirt freshman Behzad Minavi from Houston drew Erick Reyes from
Wichita State in the opening round with first serve set for 8 a.m.
Harrison Adams, a true freshman from New Braunfels, and fresh off
of an impressive performance at the U.S. Open Junior Championships in New York
is seeded No. 15. Adams drew a bye and will face Austin Ansari from Clemson in
the second round with first serve set for 11:30 a.m.
The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 19th
consecutive season last spring and defeated South Carolina in the opening round
of the championships before falling to eventual national champion USC in Los