HOUSTON-Texas A&M's Junior Ore and Behzad Minavi got the
spring season schedule off to a good start with singles and doubles
championships at the Rice/MET Indoor Tennis Tournament held at the Downtown
Club at The Met in Houston. Ore defeated TCU's Nick Chappell 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and
Ore and Minavi defeated the TCU duo of Arnau Dachs and Orlando Superlano, 8-4,
to win the doubles crown.
"It was a great start to the season for Junior and Behzad,"
Aggie men's tennis head coach Steve Denton said. "I really liked how both of
them competed this weekend. Winning is contagious and hopefully the spring
sports can carry the momentum created by the Aggie football team and our fall
sports. I know the men's and women's basketball teams are playing well and it's
our time to continue that Aggie sports roll."
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. After dropping the opening set, 3-6, Ore bounced back with
strong play in the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-4.
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 of Ore and Minavi 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 faced
the doubles team from TCU of Dachs and Superlano and took control with an 8-4
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.