COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The eighth-seeded Texas A&M men’s tennis team is set to open up the 2014 NCAA First Round with a matchup against Alcorn State at noon on Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies look to build on their 24-6 record while the Braves look to bolster their 9-8 mark.
The SEC Tournament champions are led in singles by the 19th-ranked player in the country in All-SEC sophomore Harrison Adams (13-8, 8-7 No. 1). Sophomore Shane Vinsant (18-3, 13-2 No. 2) was named the SEC Tournament MVP and All-SEC after winning his final 12 matches of the regular season to move to No. 22 in the rankings. Junior Jeremy Efferding (18-7, 15-6 No. 3) was named to the All-SEC second team and ranks 66th. Rounding out the projected A&M singles ledger is Junior Ore (10-8, 9-7 No. 4), Jackson Withrow (11-6, 10-6 No. 5) and Jordan Szabo (16-4, 9-3 No. 6).
Doubles has been a strong suit for the Maroon and White this season, having claimed the point in all but four matches this season. Leading the way for the team is the sixth-ranked All-American duo of Withrow and Ore (11-4, No. 1). The 70th-ranked tandem of Adams and Vinsant leads the squad with an impressive 21-6 mark (14-6 No. 2). Finishing out the projected doubles lineup for the Aggies is Efferding and Szabo (18-4, 14-2 No. 3).
Alcorn State enters the NCAA Tournament after claiming both the SWAC regular season and tournament titles. The Braves are led by SWAC tournament MVP Ernesto Santillan and Freshman of the Year Nischay Rewal.
The winner of the matchup between the Aggies and Braves will take on the winner of the earlier matchup on Saturday between Texas Tech and No. 17 Cal for a chance at the Sweet 16. To learn more about the men’s tennis program, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
- Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton is 10-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- Texas A&M is 1-0 vs. Alcorn State (last met in 2011)
- Texas A&M is 5-3 vs. Cal (last met in 2011)
- Texas A&M is 40-6 vs. Texas Tech (last met in 2012)
$12 All-Session Reserved (Stadium Club)
$7 Single Day Reserved (Stadium Club)
$5 Single Day General Admission
$3 Single Day Student/Youth
Free for children under age two
TEXAS A&M MEN'S TENNIS NCAA HISTORY: 22 times (21 straight)
2013 – (12th seed) Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Marist (4-0); beat Texas (4-3)
Lost in Round of 16 to #5 Ohio State (4-0) (Illinois)
2012—Beat South Carolina (4-0); lost to host USC (4-0)
2011 (9th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Alcorn State (4-0); beat LSU (4-0)
Lost in Round of 16 to #8 Stanford (4-2) (Stanford)
2010 (10th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Prairie View A&M (4-0); beat Ole Miss (4-2)
Lost in Round of 16 to #7 Baylor (4-1) (Georgia)
2009 (15th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Binghamton (4-0); beat Arizona (4-0)
Lost in Round of 16 to #2 Ole Miss (4-1) (College Station)
2008-- Beat SMU (4-1); lost to host #9 Baylor (4-2)
2007-- Beat Rice (4-2); lost to host #3 Baylor (4-0)
2006-(16th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat UTA (4-0); lost to Notre Dame (4-2)
2005-(16th seed)-- Beat Montana State (4-0); beat Boise State (4-0) (Boise, ID)
Lost in Round of 16 to #1 Baylor (4-0) (College Station)
2004-- Beat Alabama (4-0); beat host Virginia Commonwealth (4-0) (Richmond, VA)
Lost in Round of 16 to #3 UCLA (4-1) (Tulsa)
2003-(10th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Maryland-BC (4-0); beat South Florida (4-1)
Lost in Round of 16 to #6 Vanderbilt (4-1) (Georgia)
2002-(16th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Southern (4-0); beat LSU (4-0)
Lost in Round of 16 to #1 Georgia (4-1) (College Station)
2001-(7th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat St. Bonaventure (4-0); Beat Vanderbilt (4-0)
Won in Round of 16 against #15 LSU (4-1) (Georgia)
Lost in Elite Eight to #4 TCU (4-0) (Georgia)
2000-(7th seed)-- Host 1st and 2nd rounds: Beat Army (4-0); Beat Louisiana-Lafayette (4-0)
Lost in Round of 16 against #9 Tennessee (4-3) (Georgia)
1999-- Beat Texas Tech (4-3); lost to host #4 Texas (4-1)
**NCAA expanded to current 64-team team in 1999.
1998-- At Austin: Beat Arkansas-Little Rock (4-0); beat Arkansas (4-3)
Lost to SMU (4-3) in regional championship
1997-- At Fort Worth: Lost to Texas (5-0)
1996-- At Austin: Beat Texas Tech (4-3); lost to host Texas (4-3)
1995-- Hosted: Beat Arkansas (4-1); lost to Texas (4-3)
1994-- At Houston: Beat Texas Tech (4-0); beat Arkansas (4-3)
Advanced to Round of 16 and lost to Duke (4-1) (Notre Dame)
1985-- Lost in Round of 16 to Pepperdine (5-3)
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