COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For the third time this season, Texas A&M freshman Shane Vinsant has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week the league office announced earlier this morning. The freshman helped the Aggies clinch the SEC Western Division championship by upsetting 11th-ranked Mississippi State on Friday and sixth-ranked Ole Miss on Sunday.
Against Mississippi State, Vinsant helped the Maroon and White clinch the doubles point by taking the first doubles victory, 8-4, at the No. 2 line. In singles, the Keller, Texas, native clinched the match against the Bulldogs with his 7-5, 6-1 victory over Jordan Angus at the No. 4 line.
Vinsant saved his best performance for the final match of the regular season. Against the University of Mississippi, Vinsant, and partner Harry Adams, clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over the 71st-ranked pair of Stefan Lindmark and Johan Backstrom to steal the momentum from the Rebels. In singles, Vinsant and Adams both went to second-set tiebreakers with A&M up 2-1. Vinsant narrowly missed taking the clinching point, but put Texas A&M ahead 3-1 with his 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over 95th-ranked William Kallberg at the No. 4 line.
The freshman leads the team in singles wins with a record of 17-7 and with partner, Adams, leads the team in doubles wins with a 15-7 mark. Vinsant has won three in a row and seven of his last ten singles matches.
Texas A&M will be in action again on Friday when it takes on the winner of the match between Alabama/Arkansas and Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.