Aggies Welcome Marist, Texas, A&M-Corpus Christi for NCAA Tourney
The Aggies (17-12), who are making their 20th consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the tournament, open against Marist (17-3) on Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m. The match follows a
First-round meeting between Texas (16-8) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-7) to be played at 11 a.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center. First round winners will meet in the second round to be played Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The second-round winner advances to the round of 16 and the final championship site to be played at the University of Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
Live video and scoring of the matches will be available at AggieAthleics.com.
NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
(Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, Texas)
Friday, May 10
Texas (16-8) vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-7), 11 a.m.
No. 12 Texas A&M (17-12) vs. Marist (17-3), 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
Texas/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi winner vs. No. 12 Texas A&M/Marist winner, 3 p.m.
Tickets to the first and second-round matches can be purchased in advance at 12thMan-
Foundation.com or during business hours at the Athletic Ticket Office located in The Zone at
Kyle Field or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. Tickets also will
be available for purchase on match days at the Mitchell Tennis Center beginning one hour before match time.
Prices are as follows, with the all-session ticket also allowing entry to the women’s tennis
first and second round matches to be played Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12 at the Mitchell
$12 All-Session Reserved (Stadium Club)
$7 Single Day Reserved (Stadium Club) $5 Single Day General Admission
$3 Single Day Students/Youth
Free for children under age two
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
This will mark the first meeting between Texas A&M and Marist.
The Aggies and Longhorns have met every season since 1978. The University of Texas holds the all-time series advantage, 45-15. In the most recent contest, A&M downed UT, 4-2, in the first round of the Big 12 tournament last season in College Station. This marks the fifth postseason meeting between the two rivals with the Longhorns taking all four contests.
A&M holds a 6-0 lead in the all-time series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. All six matches have been played in College Station. In the most recent meeting, the Aggies notched a 4-3 victory in 2005.
A&M enters the tournament winning four of its last five matches. The Aggies closed out the regular season by defeating Mississippi State, 4-0, and Ole Miss, 4-1, with both matches being held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Maroon and White advanced to the semifinals in the SEC Tournament before dropping a heart-breaking, 4-3, contest to eventual champion Georgia.
A&M HEAD COACH STEVE DENTON
A&M head coach Steve Denton has led the Aggies to the postseason in each of his seven seasons at the helm of the Maroon and White. In Texas A&M’s first season in the SEC, Denton led the Aggies to a Western Division championship while only holding two upperclassmen on the squad. Denton helped the Aggies to a winning record despite facing 18 opponents in the ITA top-30 (10-8 against those foes). The Aggies started the season strong, winning their first seven matches which is the third-best start since 1978.
Known nationally and internationally throughout the tennis world, Denton won 20 professional doubles titles and was ranked as high as No. 11 in the world in singles and No. 2 in the world in doubles in 1982. A four-year collegiate standout at the University of Texas, he helped the Longhorns to an impressive 78-27 (.743) team record from 1976-79. Denton amassed an 85-22 singles record and a 72-18 doubles record, while also earning All-American honors in 1978. Enjoying nine successful years on the professional circuit, Denton reached the singles finals of the Australian Open twice in 1981 and 1982. During his career, he advanced to seven singles finals and defeated the likes of Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Stan Smith. Denton also represented the U.S. as a member of the Davis Cup Team in 1982 and 1983, playing alongside tennis greats in Arthur Ashe, McEnroe, Peter Fleming and Eliot Teltscher. Denton teamed with his former college teammate Kevin Curren and captured the U.S. Open doubles title in 1982. In all, he totaled winnings more than $1 million as a pro on the ATP Tour.
While at TAMUCC, Denton compiled a 64-48 overall record and garnered back-to-back Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005. Not only did he guide the Islanders to three SLC championship titles, but also to their first NCAA Championship appearance in school history and a top 20 national ranking in 2005. During their NCAA run, the Islanders reached the second round before falling 4-2 to then second-ranked and eventual quarterfinalists Virginia.
IN THE RANKINGS
Texas A&M is No. 11 in the latest ITA team rankings, released May 2. The Aggies current ranking is the tied for the highest ranking this season and the program’s highest ranking since the start of the 2012 campaign. Individually, sophomore Jeremy Efferding is the highest ranked player for A&M, coming in at No. 18 on May 2. Because of his stellar play, Efferding earned an at-large spot for the NCAA individual championships...Freshman Shane Vinsant climbed his way up to his second highest ranking of the season at No. 76. Vinsant is the only individual to hold a ranking through the entire season...Also making appearances in the ITA rankings are junior Junior Ore (No. 100) and freshman Harry Adams (No. 103)...In doubles, Jackson Withrow and Ore earned All-America honors this spring by garnering a 5-8 seed at the individual championships. The tandem is currently ranked eighth...Adams and Vinsant earned an alternate spot for the NCAA individual championships to go along with their No. 29 ranking.
WITHROW/ORE ALL-AMERICAN DUO WITH 5-8 SEED
Texas A&M doubles team of junior Junior Ore and sophomore Jackson Withrow has guaranteed themselves All-America honors from the ITA after being named to a 5-8 seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship 32-team field. In their first season of playing together, Ore and
Withrow becomes A&M’s first All-American since 2011 and the 12th and 13th Aggies to earn the distinction.
A&M TO SEND FIVE TO NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jeremy Efferding will represent Texas A&M at the NCAA Singles Championships, while Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship. The freshman tandem of Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant was named as an alternate for the doubles championship.
Efferding is 22-10 overall in singles this year and posts a 16-8 record in dual matches. Currently ranked No. 18, the sophomore is 7-4 from the No. 1 line after moving to the top-position at the start of conference action. In addition, Efferding earned first team All-SEC honors after posting a 6-4 mark in conference.
Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow came in at No. 8 in the most recent ITA national rankings. The tandem earned All-American distinction after posting a 14-8 overall record with all contests coming in the spring. The pair went 14-7 from the top-doubles line and 6-4 in SEC action.
Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant also earned national distinction by being selected as alternates to the NCAA doubles championship. The freshmen pair began the spring season with a No. 6 ranking after advancing to the ITA Individual Indoor Championships in the fall. The duo led the team in doubles victories, going 26-13 overall and 15-9 in dual matches.
The NCAA singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 22-27 at the University of Illinois’ Khan Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 16-21). All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
With a 39-23 record, senior Niall Angus would earn his 40th dual match victory with a win this weekend. In his freshman season, Angus went 5-7 seeing limited action. His sophomore season featured a breakout campaign which Angus went 12-1. Last season, Angus went 19-13 and this year, he’s posted a 3-2 mark after having shoulder surgery in the off season.
Shane Vinsant would break into the single-season 20-win plateau in dual matches with a victory. The freshman would be tied for 22nd in the record books in school history.
BITTERSWEET MATCHUP FOR DENTON
Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton has plenty of ties to the Aggies potential second-round matchup should the team advance. Denton was a four-year letter winner and All-American at the University of Texas from 1976-79. Denton helped the Longhorns to an impressive 78-27 record during his time in the Orange and White. After he finished his professional career, Denton became the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and led the program to its first NCAA tournament appearance and top-20 ranking in 2005.
“SO LONG TO THE ORANGE AND THE WHITE...”
In the Aggies potential second-round matchup, the Maroon and White could face off with its long-time rival: the University of Texas. The matchup would be the first meeting between the two schools since the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. If the two schools face off, it will also mark the first meeting between the Aggies and Longhorns in College Station.