Aggies Head to Fort Worth to Battle TCU
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 16 Texas A&M men's tennis team looks to stay unbeaten Saturday as it travels to Fort Worth for a dual match with No. 67 TCU. First serve against the Horned Frogs is slated for 1 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
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The Aggies head into the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record making this the third consecutive season A&M has won the first four matches under head coach Steve Denton. A win this weekend against the Horned Frogs would be the team's best start since the 1999 team started 6-0, as well as the best start under Denton.
"TCU is a much improved team at every position, and I expect we will be in for a fight this weekend," Denton said. "They are solid at every position in singles and doubles, and I expect a very large and boisterous crowd rooting against us on Saturday. It will be very interesting to see the mindset of our team after coming off a very successful weekend at Stanford. We have to be ready to compete our tails off, but I expect us to play well."
The Aggies, who jumped 10 spots in the most recent ITA national poll, look to keep the momentum rolling after sweeping two top-30 teams last weekend in No. 10 Stanford, 4-0, and No. 27 San Diego, 7-0. Freshmen Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant led Texas A&M, combining to help the Aggies earn five of the 11 points on the weekend. Adams, who clinched both matches, was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after his performance in Palo Alto. The duo of Adams and Vinsant, ranked sixth nationally, has posted a 14-4 record overall and a 3-0 record in dual matches and each holds a 4-0 individual record in singles play. Other notables for Texas A&M include No. 87 Jordan Szabo, No. 103 Jeremy Efferding and Jackson Withrow, who all have 3-0 records on the spring.
TCU has a 4-1 record on the year with wins against Detroit, UT-Arlington. UTSA and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while the loss came against No. 20 Michigan. TCU features eight returners from last year's 9-15 team, including sophomore Arnau Dachs who is ranked 100th nationally in singles and has a 4-0 record on the season. Other notables for the Horned Frogs include Rodolfo Bustamante and Facundo Lugones, who both have 4-0 records in singles, while the doubles team of Will Stein and Nick Chappel boasts a 3-0 record.
Texas A&M and TCU most recently met on the courts last season when the Aggies downed the Horned Frogs, 6-1, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.
Texas A&M will be in action again on Thursday, Feb. 7, when the Aggies travel to Houston to take on Rice. To learn more about the men's tennis team, go to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.