Aggies Advance to ITA National Indoors
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 26 Texas A&M men's tennis team defeated No. 27 San Diego, 7-0 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.. Texas A&M, which improves its record to 4-0, advances to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 15-18. This marks the third consecutive season the Aggies have started the year 4-0 and also advanced to the ITA National Indoor Championships. Over the past two weekends, the team has posted a 21-0 record in singles to go along with a 10-0 record in doubles.
""With a young team and coming off such a big win yesterday, I was concerned about a possible let down," said Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton. "Our guys really did a good job of staying focused and showed great maturity by coming out and competing again today. They are a young team, but they are having fun competing and trying to get better with each match. Our goal coming out here was to get to Seattle and we were able to accomplish that. Now we have to go back to work and get ready to play TCU next Saturday. I am really pleased with the effort from this team."
Texas A&M claimed the first doubles victory behind the rackets of sophomore Jackson Withrow and junior Junior Ore as they knocked off Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic at the No. 1 position, 8-5. Moments later, sophomores Jordan Szabo and Jeremy Efferding clinched the doubles point as they defeated Victor Pugliese and Ciaran Fitzgerald, 8-3, from the No. 3 position. The tandems of Szabo/Efferding and Withrow/Ore both have a 3-0 record on the spring.
No. 103 Jeremy Efferding improved his record to 3-0 in the spring by defeating No. 62 Romain Kalaydijan, 6-2, 6-1 from the No. 1 spot to earn the first singles point for the Aggies. From the No. 4 position, freshman Shane Vinsant was able to push the A&M lead to 3-0 by downing Uros Petronijevic, 6-2, 6-2. For the second straight day, freshman Harrison Adams was able to clinch the match for the Aggies. Adams rallied from a set down to beat Clarke Spinosa, 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 slot, to punch the Aggies ticket to Seattle. Shortly after Adams clinched the match sophomore Jackson Withrow boosted the Aggie lead to 5-0 by knocking off Victor Pugliese, 6-2, 6-2 from the No. 5 position. No. 87 Jordan Szabo overcame Ciaran Fitzgerald at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 7-5 to give the Aggies a 6-0 lead. Finally, Junior Ore defeated Thibaut Visy in the third set, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to give A&M the 7-0 sweep.
"The will to compete was very evident with Harry (Harrison Adams). He dropped the first set and with things going our way on other courts he could have relaxed, but he got into rhythm and once he got things rolling he really steamrolled in the third set to clinch the match."
Texas A&M entered the championship match by defeating No. 10 and host school, Stanford, 4-0, on Friday. San Diego defeated No. 29 Texas Tech, 4-3, to advance to the championship match.
The Aggies will be in action again on Saturday, Feb. 2 when they travel to Fort Worth for a bout with TCU.
No. 26 Texas A&M def. No. 27 San Diego, 7-0
No. 1 - No. 103 Jeremy Efferding, A&M def. No. 62 Romain Kalaydijan, USD 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Junior Ore, A&M def. Thibaut Visy, USD 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
*No. 3 - Harrison Adams, A&M def. Clarke Spinosa, USD 0-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 - Shane Vinsant, A&M def. Uros Petronijevic, USD 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Jackson Withrow, A&M def. Victor Pugliese, USD 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 - No. 87 Jordan Szabo, A&M def. Ciaran Fitzgerald, USD 6-2, 7-5
No. 1 - Withrow/Ore, A&M def. Kalaydijan/Petronijev, USD, 8-5
No. 2 - No. 6 Adams/Vinsant, A&M vs. Spinosa/Visy, USD, 7-6
No. 3 - Szabo/Efferding, A&M def. Fitzgerald/Pugliese, USD, 8-3
Order of Finish: Doubles 1, 3, Singles 1, 4, 3, 5, 6, 2
Texas A&M (4-0), San Diego (1-1)
*clinched the match