TULSA, Okla-- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team has turned in some impressive performances in the pre-qualifying matches that began on Sept. 28 at the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships being held at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will now compete in the main draw beginning Thursday, Oct. 3.
The field of 64 in the men’s singles main draw is set and the Aggies have three representatives led by No. 9 seed, Jeremy Efferding, a junior from Boca Raton, Florida. Efferding will face Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt University in a Thursday match beginning at 8 a.m.
True sophomores Shane Vinsant of Keller, Texas, and Harrison Adams, from New Braunfels, Texas, each qualified with outstanding play earlier in the tournament. Vinsant drew a tough seed facing No. 7 overall seed, Ray Sarmiento of USC, in a match slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. Adams will face a Southeastern Conference foe in Malte Stropp of Mississippi State at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Two Aggie doubles teams are seeded with Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow seeded No. 3 while Vinsant and Adams are seeded No. 8.
Ore is the lone senior on the Aggie squad and is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Withrow is a junior from Omaha. That Aggie tandem will face a South Carolina duo of Tsvetan Mihov and Thiago Pinheiro at 5 p.m.
Vinsant and Adams drew the UCLA tandem of Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald in the opening round with first serve set for 5 p.m. Thursday.
On Saturday, the opening day of pre-qualifying singles, junior Behzad Minavi from Houston, defeated Jason Jaruvang of IUPUI, 6-1, 6-2 and fellow junior Jordan Szabo, from Baywater, Australia, defeated Trevor Horstmann of Oklahoma State, 6-1, 6-2.
Two Aggie true freshmen, Frankie Colunga from College Station, and Tito Moreiras from San Antonio, dropped their opening matches. Colunga faced Eric Schnurrenberger of Notre Dame and lost, 6-4, 6-3, while Moreiras dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Ravi Patel of Drake.
Sunday saw the Aggies post five victories in seven matches. Leading the way were Texas A&M juniors Minavi and Szabo. Minavi defeated Leo Gomez-Islinger of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the second round and defeated David Schuster of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, 6-2, 6-1, in the third round. Szabo took down Nicholas Bybel of Bucknell, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round and put away Mesa Mei of Xavier, 6-2, 7-5. The fifth victory was posted by frosh Colunga, 6-4, 6-3, over Duk Young Park of Morgan State, 6-4, 6-3. Aggie Max Montague, a junior transfer from Dallas, dropped a second-round match against LSU’s Harrison Kennedy, 6-1, 6-0. Meanwhile, frosh Moreiras dropped his pre-qualifying bonus match, 6-3, 6-3, to Rodrigo Oliveira of Illinois State.
Monday the first round of the qualifying singles began with three Aggies seeded and Texas A&M would post five additional victories in seven matches.
Minavi would qualify by defeating Rogerio Ribeiro of East Tennessee State, 7-6 (5), 6-2 and would advance. Szabo lost in the final round of the pre-qualifying to Rodolfo Bustamante of TCU, 6-0, 6-3.
Sophomore Shane Vinsant was a No. 8 seed and defeated Wilfredo Gonzalez of Miami, 6-0, 6-3. Fellow sophomore Harrison Adams was a No. 17 seed and took down Francisco Dias of George Washington University, 6-1, 7-5. Junior Ore was seeded No. 24 and disposed of Thiago Pinheiro of South Carolina, 6-1, 6-2. Minavi, who had qualified in the pre-qualifying rounds, defeated Max Schnur of Columbia, 6-4, 6-4. The lone defeat in the first round was junior Jackson Withrow when he dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to the No. 26 seed Michael Grant of USC.
Withrow would rebound on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory in a bonus match against Nick Papac of Oklahoma, in a match that was played indoors.
In the second round of the qualifying singles, Vinsant and Adams would post victories as Vinsant took down Lukas Ollert of Auburn, the No. 22 seed, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Adams dropped Nils Skajaa of San Francisco, 6-1, 6-4.
Ore would get knocked out by Daniil Proskura of Alabama, 6-3, 7-5 and Minavi’s impressive run was ended by Benjamin Lock of Florida State, 6-4, 6-1.
In the qualifying doubles second round on Tuesday, Jeremy Efferding, a junior from Boca Raton, Florida, and his doubles partner, Szabo, defeated UAB’s tandem of Chris Helliar and Rafael Rondino, 8-3.
Wednesday, Efferding and Szabo would continue their run with an 8-3 victory over Nebraska’a duo of Tom Blackwell and Marc Herrmann in the third round. The Aggie duo faced the No. 3 overall seed tandem of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka of Ohio State with the Buckeyes winning, 8-3.
In singles on Wednesday, Vinsant and Adams continued their outstanding play as Vinsant disposed of Alabama’s Becker O’Shaughnessey, 6-1, 6-1 while Adams upset the No. 12 seed Mate Zsiga of Baylor, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (8).
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) only ranks the singles and doubles for the fall. Efferding is the top Aggie in the rankings at No. 11, the highest by an Aggie men’s tennis player since Austin Krajicek was No. 5 in the fall of 2010. Efferding posted a victory over Alex Domijan of Virginia, the top-ranked singles player last spring who went on to win the national championship.
The highest overall ranking for an Aggie individual or doubles team is the No. 3 ranking by Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow who earned All-America honors last spring finishing among the Top 10. It marked the sixth time in the past seven years the Aggies have had a doubles team ranked in the final Top 10 which included the 2011 Aggie national champion tandem of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo.
Sophomores Vinsant and Adams are ranked No. 56 and No. 67, respectively, after impressive freshmen campaigns that featured All-SEC second-team honors. The doubles tandem of Vinsant and Adams are ranked No. 12 and last year advanced to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, New York.
Senior Ore rounds out the rankings at No. 78 in singles play.
The singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions from this tournament will receive an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 7-10, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
QUOTES FROM TEXAS A&M MEN’S TENNIS COACH STEVE DENTON
“The guys as a whole are focused on making a fast start this fall. We played a lot of 4-3 matches this past spring with a young group and that experience will help us. The guys are excited and are working hard and continue to work to improve.
The singles matches on Thursday will be early so the guys are going to have to be revved up when they hit the courts.
Jeremy (Efferding) had a good week last week at Napa and has been invited to play for the USTA National Team which is quite an honor and is based on his success. He has really improved his game in all aspects and excited about this opportunity this week. He is familiar with Gonzales Austin from Vanderbilt and they had a tough match last spring.
Shane (Vinsant) is another who has played well and today really served well and returned with some depth. He is excited to qualify and drew a very tough opening match against (Ray) Sarmiento who plays No. 1 at USC.
Harry (Harrison Adams) won the SEC Fall Classic last week and has had some high quality wins. His victory today against Mate Zsiga of Baylor was another quality win. He was down early and bounced back and really played well in the tiebreakers.
Our doubles team of Junior (Ore) and Jackson (Withrow) are seeded high and they will face a doubles team of Mihov and Pinheiro from South Carolina who have nothing to lose. Junior and Jackson have only played one match here.
Harry (Harrison Adams) and Shane (Vinsant) are on a mission. They are both excited and ready to make a push. They dropped some close matches last spring and they have continued to work hard and have improved. They are anxious to get out on the courts and prove themselves.”
2013 ITA Men's All-American Championships
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Surface: Hard-Outdoor & Indoor
Saturday, September 28 - RESULTS
Pre-Qualifying Singles - First Round
Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M d. Trevor Horstmann, Oklahoma State 6-1 6-2
Ravi Patel, Drake d. Juan Moreiras, Texas A&M 6-3 6-2
Behzad Minavi, Texas A&M d. Jason Jaruvang, IUPUI 6-1 6-2
Eric Schnurrenberger, Notre Dame d. Francisco Colunga, Texas A&M 6-4 6-3
Sunday September 29 - RESULTS
Pre-Qualifying Singles Results - Third Round:
- Behzad Minavi, Texas A&M d. David Schuster, University of Hawaii at Manoa 6-2 6-1
- Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M d. Mesa Mei, Xavier 6-2 7-5
Pre-Qualifying Singles Results - Second Round:
- Harrison Kennedy, LSU d. Max Montague, Texas A&M 6-1 6-0
- Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M d. Nicholas Bybel, Bucknell University 6-4 6-3
- Behzad Minavi, Texas A&M d. Leo Gomez-Islinger, Wisconsin-Greenbay 6-2 7-6 (5)
Pre-Qualifying Bonus Match Results:
- Rodrigo Oliveira, Illinois State d. Juan Moreiras, Texas A&M 6-4 6-3
- Francisco Colunga, Texas A&M d. Duk Young Park, Morgan State 6-4 6-3
Monday September 30 - Results
Qualifying Singles Results - First Round:
LL=Lucky Loser; Q=Qualifier
- Junior Ore (24), Texas A&M d. Thiago Pinheiro, South Carolina 6-1 6-2
- Harrison Adams (17), Texas A&M d. Francisco Dias, George Washington University 6-1 7-5
- Behzad Minavi, Texas A&M (Q) 6-4 6-4 d. Max Schnur, Columbia
- Shane Vinsant (8), Texas A&M d. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Miami 6-0 6-3
- Michael Grant (26), USC d. Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M 6-4 6-3
Pre-Qualifying Singles Results - Final Round:
- Rodolfo Bustamante, TCU d. Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M 6-0 6-3
- Behzad Minavi, Texas A&M d. Rogerio Ribeiro (6), East Tennessee State 7-6 (5) 6-2
Tuesday October 1 - RESULTS
Qualifying Singles Results - Second Round:
- Daniil Proskura, Alabama d. Junior Ore (24), Texas A&M 6-3 7-5
- Benjamin Lock, Florida State d. Behzad Minavi, Texas A&M (Q) 6-4 6-1
- Shane Vinsant (8), Texas A&M d. Lukas Ollert (22), Auburn 3-6 6-1 6-2
- Harrison Adams (17), Texas A&M d. Nils Skajaa, San Francisco 6-1 6-4
Qualifying Doubles - Second Round:
- Jeremy Efferding-Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M d. Chris Helliar-Rafael Rondino, UAB 8-3
Qualifying Singles - Bonus Match Results:
Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M d. Nick Papac, Oklahoma 6-4 6-1 (played indoors)
Wednesday October 2 - RESULTS
Qualifying Singles Results - Final Round:
- Shane Vinsant (8), Texas A&M d. Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama 6-1 6-1
- Harrison Adams (17), Texas A&M d. Mate Zsiga (12), Baylor 7-6 (0) 7-6 (8)
Qualifying Doubles - Final Round:
- Peter Kobelt-Kevin Metka (3), Ohio State d. Jeremy Efferding-Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M 8-3
Qualifying Doubles - Third Round
- Jeremy Efferding-Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M d. Tom Blackwell-Marc Herrmann, University of Nebraska 8-3