Aggie Men's Tennis Defeats Columbia, ACU

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team won a pair of matches today, defeating both Columbia and Abilene Christian by identical 6-1 scores at the sun-filled George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies (10-4) had to wait a day to complete the matches after Wednesday’s inclement weather forced postponement of the doubleheader. Early morning fog and wet courts also forced this morning’s match against Columbia to get off to a late start.

A&M also got off to a slow start to begin the day as the Aggies dropped the doubles point against Columbia (6-3). After splitting the first two doubles matches, the final doubles match and the point was decided by a tiebreaker and won by the Lions.

A&M’s Matt Bain and Conor Pollock raced to an 8-1 victory over Mark Clemente and Jonathan Wong at the No. 3 line, but Columbia’s Marty Moore and Paul Ratchford evened the score with an 8-5 win against Brett Joelson and Jerry Makowski at No. 1.

Justin Chow and Jared Drucker fought off a match point at 7-6 against A&M’s Mike Beatty and Bryan Wooten and tied the score at 7-all at No. 3. The Lions then took an 8-7 lead, but A&M rallied to knot the score at 8-8 and force a tiebreaker. The score was tied at 6-all before Chow and Drucker scored back-to-back points to win the match and clinch the doubles point for the Lions.

It would be the only point for Columbia as A&M got on track and was victorious in all six singles matches. John Nallon quickly evened the score, taking less than an hour to down Ratchford, 6-2, 6-0, at the No. 5 line.

Luka Ocvirk gave the Aggies the lead with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Moore at No. 3, and Pollock followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Drucker at No. 2.

Makowski tallied the match-clinching point for A&M with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Clemente at No. 1.

Bain then held off Wong for a straight-set victory at No. 4. Bain won the first set 6-1, but the second set went to a tiebreaker. Bain won the tiebreaker 9-7 to put the Aggies ahead, 5-1.

Clay Donato and Chow split sets at No. 6, and the match was decided by a 10-point super tiebreaker. Donato had won the first set, 6-4, and Chow won the second set by the identical score. A&M had already won the overall match, so the two played a super tiebreaker, which Donato won, 10-6.

The Aggies returned to the court two hours later to resume a match against ACU. The teams began the match on Wednesday but heavy rains and lightning force postponement less than 15 minutes after doubles play had begun.

A&M had leads on all three courts before the postponement, and the Aggies continued to build on the leads when play resumed.

Bain and Pollock quickly disposed of Kevin Beedy and Ryan Hudson, 8-1, at the No. 2 line, and Mike Beatty and Luka Ocvirk promptly followed with an 8-1 victory over Bryce Hicks and Hutton Jones, Jr., at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point.

Joelson and Nallon completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win against George Carstens and Juan Nunez at No. 1.

Nallon was once again the first player finished in singles after cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Beedy at No. 3. Two other matches were still in the first set when Nallon completed his shut out.

Joelson gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Hudson at the No. 5 line, and Donato clinched the match-winning point with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Hicks at No. 4.

Wooten then tallied a 6-2, 6-4 win against Carstens at No. 2 to put A&M ahead, 5-0. Luke Hawk prevented the shutout and put the Wildcats (13-5) on the scoreboard, downing Stephen Shields, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 6 line.

Makowski then finished off Nunez, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 1 to complete the match.

The Aggies return to the Mitchell Tennis Center on Saturday to take on rival LSU. The start time has been changed to 11 a.m., and fans who wear green to Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day match will receive a free general admission ticket to watch the Aggies take on the Tigers.

(46) Texas A&M (9-4) 6, Columbia (6-3) 1

March 15, 2007

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

at College Station, Texas

Attendance: 259

SINGLES

No. 1 Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M) def. Mark Clemente (Columbia), 6-4, 6-2

No. 2 Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Jared Drucker (Columbia), 6-4, 6-4

No. 3 Luka Ocvirk (Texas A&M) def. Marty Moore (Columbia), 6-3, 6-3

No. 4 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) def. Jonathan Wong (Columbia), 6-1, 7-6 (7)

No. 5 John Nallon (Texas A&M) def. Paul Ratchford (Columbia), 6-2, 6-0

No. 6 Clay Donato (Texas A&M) def. Justin Chow (Columbia), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (6)

DOUBLES

No. 1 Moore-Ratchford (Columbia) def. Brett Joelson-Makowski (Texas A&M), 8-5

No. 2 Chow-Drucker (Columbia) def. Mike Beatty-Bryan Wooten (Texas A&M), 9-8 (6)

No. 3 Bain-Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Clemente-Wong (Columbia), 8-1

ORDER OF FINISH

Doubles: 3, 1, 2

Singles: 5, 3, 2, 1*, 4, 6

*Clinched match

(46) Texas A&M (10-4) 6, Abilene Christian (13-5) 1

March 15, 2007

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

at College Station, Texas

Attendance: 275

SINGLES

No. 1 Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M) def. Juan Nunez (ACU), 6-4, 7-5

No. 2 Bryan Wooten (Texas A&M) def. George Carstens (ACU), 6-2, 6-4

No. 3 John Nallon (Texas A&M) def. Kevin Beedy (ACU), 6-0, 6-0

No. 4 Clay Donato (Texas A&M) def. Bryce Hicks (ACU), 6-2, 6-2

No. 5 Brett Joelson (Texas A&M) def. Ryan Hudson (ACU), 6-2, 6-2

No. 6 Luke Hawk (ACU) def. Stephen Shields (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-4

DOUBLES

No. 1 Joelson-Nallon (Texas A&M) def. Carstens-Nunez (ACU), 8-4

No. 2 Matt Bain-Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Beedy-Hudson (ACU), 8-1

No. 3 Mike Beatty- Luka Ocvirk (Texas A&M) def. Hicks-Hutton Jones, Jr. (ACU), 8-1

ORDER OF FINISH

Doubles: 2, 3, 1

Singles: 3, 5, 4*, 2, 6, 1

*Clinched match