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Aggies Garner Postseason Honors after Successful Season

By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Matthew Callaway
By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Matthew Callaway

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Postseason honors continue to roll in for the SEC Tournament Champion Texas A&M Men’s Tennis team. The Aggies finished the season at 25-7 overall and 10-2 in SEC play advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship.

The Aggies are No. 10 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team rankings, released earlier this week. The maroon and white tallied an impressive 18 victories over teams ranked in the final ITA poll, including a nine over teams in the final top-25. A&M reached the NCAA tournament for the 21st season in a row, 22nd overall appearance.

The Aggies’ 10 conference wins this year were a program-best, eclipsing the tally of the 2001 and 2004 teams, while the 25 dual victories marked the third time a Texas A&M-coached Steve Denton squad has eclipsed the 20-win mark. The SEC Coach of the Year nod for Denton was the third league honor in his time in College Station after being named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

The Southeastern Conference placed seven teams in the final Top 25: Georgia (9), Texas A&M (10), Kentucky (12), Florida (15), Tennessee (18), Mississippi State (19) and Vanderbilt (20). Alabama and Alabama occupy the Nos. 34-35 spots, respectively, while Auburn (44) and LSU (46) complete the SEC contingent in the top-50.

The Aggie women’s team is No. 9 in the final rankings, and A&M joins Georgia, North Carolina, UCLA and Virginia as the only teams in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top-10 in the final rankings.

Individually, the trio of Junior Ore, Jackson Withrow and Shane Vinsant earned ITA All-American status. Ore and Withrow earned All-American honors for the second consecutive season after claiming a top-8 doubles seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Vinsant earned the title after advancing the NCAA Round of 16 in the Singles Championship.

The final ITA Singles and Doubles rankings were published this week and were littered with Aggies. Three Aggies; Harrison Adams (21), Vinsant (26) and Jeremy Efferding (71) found themselves on the final singles listing. Impressively, all three A&M doubles teams were among the ranked duos in the final poll. All-Americans Ore and Withrow led the way at No. 7, Adams and Vinsant at No. 63 and Efferding and Jordan Szabo at No. 85.

Vinsant finished the regular-season on a 12-match winning streak in singles play and went undefeated at 8-0 in SEC matches. The Keller, Texas native completed his season-long rise in the ITA rankings at No. 26 after garnering MVP and SEC-All Tournament team honors for his undefeated play in Nashville. Vinsant earned All-SEC recognition this year.

Adams, who played the No. 1 line for the Aggies, went 5-2 in SEC matches this spring and 14-8 in dual matches. The New Braunfels, Texas native rang up a team-leading nine wins against ranked opponents this spring. Adams garnered All-SEC First Team honors this season.

Efferding went an impressive 7-1 against league opponents this season to earn All-SEC second team honors. The junior led the team lead with 20 dual wins this spring in singles competition. The Boca Raton, Fla. native teamed with Szabo to finish 18-4 in doubles matches and 7-1 in SEC action.

Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter to stay up to date on all information regarding Texas A&M men’s tennis.

Final ITA Top-25 Rankings
Rank
Avg
School
Previous Week
1
90.13
University of Southern California
1
2
84.77
University of Oklahoma
2
3
82.57
UCLA
5
4
79.20
University of Virginia
4
5
78.22
Ohio State University
3
6
75.03
Baylor University
6
7
64.22
North Carolina
7
8
62.89
University of Texas
9
9
58.32
University of Georgia
8
10
57.32
Texas A&M University
10
11
55.33
University of Illinois
12
12
54.02
University of Kentucky
13
13
53.82
University of Notre Dame
14
14
52.84
Duke University
11
15
51.05
University of Florida
15
16
43.00
California
17
17
42.50
Columbia University
16
18
41.07
University of Tennessee
20
19
37.53
Mississippi State University
18
20
36.54
Vanderbilt University
19
21
35.22
University of Memphis
22
22
34.95
Clemson University
21
23
32.98
University of South Florida
24
24
31.27
Penn State University
23
25
30.22
Oklahoma State University
29
For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com.

2014 ITA All-Americans
Player
School
S/D
Becker O'Shaughnessey
Alabama
D
Daniil Proskura
Alabama
D
Julian Lenz
Baylor
S
Patrick Pradella
Baylor
S
Gregory Bayane
California
D
Chase Melton
California
D
Ben McLachlan
California
S
Hunter Harrington
Clemson
D
Dominique Maden
Clemson
D
Winston Lin
Columbia
S
Florent Diep
Florida
S
Ben Wagland
Georgia
D
Hernus Pieters
Georgia
D
Nathan Pasha
Georgia
S
Denis Nguyen
Harvard
S
Tim Kopinski
Illinois
D
Ross Guignon
Illinois
D
Jared Hiltzik
Illinois
S
Farris Gosea
Illinois
S
Tom Jomby
Kentucky
S
Leandro Toledo
Minnesota
S
Brayden Schnur
North Carolina
S
Kevin Metka
Ohio State
D
Peter Kobelt
Ohio State
S/D
Guillermo Alcorta
Oklahoma
S
Axel Alvarez Llamas
Oklahoma
S
Dane Webb
Oklahoma
S
Arjun Kadhe
Oklahoma State
D
Jakob Sude
Oklahoma State
D
Nik Scholtz
Ole Miss
S
Francis Alcantara
Pepperdine
D
Alex Sarkissian
Pepperdine
S/D
Andrew Adams
South Carolina
S
Roberto Cid
South Florida
S
Mikelis Libietis
Tennessee
D
Hunter Reese
Tennessee
D
Lloyd Glasspool
Texas
D
Søren Hess-Olesen
Texas
S/D
Junior Ore
Texas A&M
D
Jackson Withrow
Texas A&M
D
Shane Vinsant
Texas A&M
S
Clay Thompson
UCLA
S
Marcos Giron
UCLA
S
Mackenzie McDonald
UCLA
S
Yannick Hanfmann
USC
S/D
Ray Sarmiento
USC
S/D
Ryan Lipman
Vanderbilt
S/D
Gonzales Austin
Vanderbilt
S/D
Mitchell Frank
Virginia
S
Alex Domijan
Virginia
S

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:
Singles - Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of final ITA National Singles Rankings

Doubles - Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championship; reach quarterfinals in NCAA Doubles Championship; finish in the Top 10 of final ITA National Doubles Rankings


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