WAIKOLOA, HI -- Sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) pulled off a three-set upset in singles play to lead the No. 28-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team to a 4-3 victory over No. 22-ranked Michigan Friday afternoon at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort on the Big Island.
Playing at the No. 2 singles position for the Aggies, Pollock topped No. 64-ranked Brian Hung, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, to clinch the extra point needed to edge the Wolverines. It marked the team’s first win over a top-ranked opponent this season after going up against perennial powerhouses in Illinois, USC and UCLA. The Aggies raised their record to 8-3, while Michigan dropped to 8-3.
Junior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) continued his winning ways with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Michigan’s Mike Sroczynski at the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Bain picked up his 20th victory of the season and has been successful in his last five-straight matches including a straight-set win over host Hawai’i on Wednesday. Freshman Luka Ocvirk (Ljubljana, Slovenia) rounded out A&M’s singles victories with a hard-fought battle against Michigan’s George Navas, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2, at No. 4.
For the second-straight match, the Aggies showed their dominance in doubles play as No. 16-ranked Bryan Wooten (Houston, Texas) and junior Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) extended their win streak to eight consecutive matches with an 8-5 victory over Michigan’s Ryan Heller and Andrew Mazlin at No. 2. Wooten and Beatty remain undefeated on the season. Pollock partnered with teammate Bain to claim the doubles point with an 8-6 result in favor of the Aggies at No. 3 doubles.
A&M returns to the mainland and will next play host to No. 12-ranked Duke (4-4) on Monday, March 12 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
(28) TEXAS A&M 4, (22) MICHIGAN 3
March 2, 2007
Hilton Waikoloa Resort
at Waikoloa, Hawai’i
No. 1 (34) Matko Maravic (Michigan) def. Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. (64) Brian Hung (Michigan), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
No. 3 Ryan Heller (Michigan) def. Brad Williams (Texas A&M), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 4 Luka Ocvirk (Texas A&M) def. George Navas (Michigan), 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
No. 5 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) def. Mike Sroczynski (Michigan), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 6 Scott Bruckmann (Michigan) def. Clay Donato (Texas A&M), 7-6 (5), 6-4.
No. 1 Maravic-Hung (Michigan) def. Makowski-Brett Joelson (Texas A&M), 8-5.
No. 2 (16) Bryan Wooten-Mike Beatty (Texas A&M) def. Heller-Andrew Mazlin (Michigan), 8-5.
No. 3 Pollock-Bain (Texas A&M) def. Navas-Sroczynski (Michigan), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 5, 3, 1, 4, 6, 2*