LINCOLN, NE --The No. 21 Texas A&M men’s tennis team picked up its second Big 12 Conference victory of the season with a 5-2 win over Nebraska Friday night at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
Snow flurries and a wind chill of 20 degrees forced play indoors as the Aggies (11-9, 2-3) adjusted to the faster conditions and produced their second road win of the season against the Huskers (9-12, 0-3). The victory snapped a three-match skid as A&M took advantage of the doubles point in the early going for the third-straight match.
The No. 48-ranked doubles team of junior Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) and freshman Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) raised their record to an undefeated 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in league play with an 8-3 victory over Nebraska’s Renato Melo and Tobias Schneider at the No. 1 line. Senior Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) also gave A&M a boost with an 8-5 result over Nebraska’s Calin Paar and Francois Van Impe at No. 2 to improve their mark to 3-0.
The No. 3 combination of senior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) and sophomore Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) closed the doubles point out with an 8-6 victory over Nebraska’s David Bendheim and Hendrik Stahmer.
A&M went on to capture four of six singles matches including two that were decided by tiebreakers in each set. Freshman Kayvon Karimi (Dallas, Texas) got past Nebraska’s Karl Jones, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), to clinch the match for the Aggies at the No. 6 line. Other Aggie wins came courtesy of Krajicek who improved to 4-0 at the No. 3 line against Big 12 competition followed by Bain in straight sets at No. 5 and Chirico in three sets at No. 4.
“It was a good solid win for us,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “It is beginning to click for us in doubles and it really helped our mentality leading into singles. We did a much better job in singles and responded well there today. It was a good result for us, especially playing on the road and indoors. It is usually not our forte this season, but we were able to avenge last year’s loss to Nebraska. It (the win) gives us a boost to our confidence, especially with a really good team in Texas next week.”
A&M will close out the regular season at fourth-ranked Texas (18-3, 4-0) in a State Farm Lone Star Showdown match between the two in-state rivals on Saturday, April 19 at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas. First serve between the Aggies and Longhorns is scheduled for 4 p.m.
(21) TEXAS A&M 5, NEBRASKA 2
April 11, 2008
Nebraska Tennis Center
at Lincoln, Neb.
No. 1 David Bendheim (Nebraska) def. (15) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3).
No. 2 Calin Paar (Nebraska) def. (90) Wil Spencer (Texas A&M), 6-4, 6-4.
No. 3 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Hendrik Stahmer (Nebraska), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 Chris Chirico (Texas A&M) def. Francois Van Impe (Nebraska), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 5 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) def. Renato Melo (Nebraska), 6-3, 6-1.
No. 6 Kayvon Karimi (Texas A&M) def. Karl Jones (Nebraska), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
No. 1 (48) Pollock-Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Melo-Tobias Schneider (Nebraska), 8-3.
No. 2 Mike Beatty-Spencer (Texas A&M) def. Paar-Van Impe (Nebraska), 8-5.
No. 3 Bain-Chirico (Texas A&M) def. Bendheim-Stahmer (Nebraska), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 3, 2, 5, 1, 6*, 4