HOUSTON - Aggie Junior Ore will play for the singles championship
against TCU's Nick Chappell on Sunday at the Rice/MET Indoor Tennis Tournament
held at the Downtown Club at The Met in Houston and Ore and teammate Behzad
Minavi will compete for the doubles crown against the TCU duo of Arnau Dachs
and Orlando Superlano at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
"I am really proud of both of our players," Aggie men's
tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "Junior has picked up right where he left
off last spring and I could not be more proud of Behzad. He has had a great
tournament despite falling in the semifinals to Chappell from TCU. His
confidence should rise with his play this weekend."
Ore, a junior two-year letterman from Gaithersburg,
Maryland, faced Dylan Tozier, a senior with Rice, in the opening round on
Friday and won 6-1, 6-0. In Ore's second match on Friday, the lefthander
disposed of Alex Ferrero of Portland, 6-3, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Ore took
down Arnau Dachs of TCU, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 and then defeated Rice's Adam
Gustafsson, 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals on Saturday to reach the championship
match on Sunday.
Minavi, a sophomore from Houston, opened singles play with a
7-6, 6-4 win over Rice's Peter Frank and then took down Ratan Gill from
Portland, 6-3, 7-6 to advance to Saturday's matches. In the quarterfinals,
Minavi made quick work of Jonathan Chang from Rice, 6-0, 6-2 but dropped the
Saturday semifinal match to TCU's Nick Chappell, 6-3, 6-2.
The Aggie duo received a bye in the first round of doubles
play and then defeated TCU's Will Stein and Facundo Lugones, 8-7, on Friday. In
the semifinal match on Saturday, Ore and Minavi outlasted the home duo of
Philipp Seifert and Leif Berger of Rice, 8-7. The Aggies will face the doubles
team from TCU of Dachs and Superlano.
The Aggies, ranked No. 26 in the pre-season ITA poll,
will begin dual match play next Saturday, Jan. 19 in Dallas as they face the
SMU Mustangs at 11 a.m. and then face Nicholls State at 4 p.m.