Aggie Men Fall Short of Upset

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Playing under fast indoor conditions for the second consecutive dual match on the road, the 22nd-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 25 Tulsa Sunday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

The Golden Hurricane took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point as the No. 15-ranked doubles combination of Arnau Brugues and Ricardo Soriano defeated A&M’s Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.), 8-5, at the No. 2 line. Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) and Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) improved to 4-1 on the season with an 8-5 victory over the fifth-ranked duo of Andy Connelly and Ross Cunningham at the top of the lineup for the Aggies. Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) and Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) succumbed to an 8-5 loss to Viktor Kolik and Alberto Sottocorno at No. 3.

“Tulsa played really well today and took it to us,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We played uphill all day and could not turn it around. They played well in doubles and you have to give them a lot of credit. Tulsa is a legitimate top 20 team and we are still working on our doubles and finding the right combinations.”

Despite a hard-fought effort by the Aggies, Tulsa (6-2) ended up cruising to victory by winning the first three singles matches on the heels of straight-set wins by Cunningham, Kolik and No. 44-ranked Soriano who clinched the match for the Golden Hurricane. A&M picked up points from Krajicek who claimed a 6-4, 6-3 straight-set victory over Sottocorno at No. 4 and No. 23-ranked Pollock who outlasted Tulsa’s top player Brugues in a grueling three-set match, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, at No. 1. Krajicek and Pollock both have compiled a team-leading 4-1 mark in dual match play this season.

“I am still really confident in our team doing well this season,” Denton said. “We just have to get consistent in doubles and not rely on our singles play winning the match. We got behind a lot and it’s always tough to play on the road against good teams.”

With the next two weeks off from competition, the Aggies (3-2) will use the time to fine tune their games prior to returning to action on Saturday, Feb. 23 at No. 18 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. First serve between the Aggies and Tigers is set for 1 p.m.

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