COLLEGE STATION -- Using a mostly veteran lineup, the No. 49-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team dug deep within to pull off a hard-fought 5-2 victory over No. 22-ranked Tulsa Wednesday night at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies (11-5) claimed their third win over a ranked opponent this season including their second against the top 25. A&M extends its lead in the all-time series to 13-1 and has won seven consecutive meetings between the two schools since 2000. Last week, the Aggies lost two close matches decided by one point against No. 16 Duke and No. 13 LSU at home.
“This was a big win for us,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “Our guys were very determined tonight and followed our game plan in singles and doubles. We were a lot faster out there and wanted it more. We played well against a very good team in Tulsa and it (the top 25 win) bodes well for us as we near conference play. We are starting to play up to our potential.”
Seniors John Nallon (Garland, Texas) and Brett Joelson (Beaverton, Ore.) controlled their doubles match from the get-go beating Tulsa’s Arnau Brugues and Federico Soriano, 8-3, at the No. 1 position. Nallon slammed down the match point at the net to pace the Aggies in doubles. Junior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) and sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) found success at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point for A&M with an 8-5 win over the No. 21-ranked doubles team of Diego Camacho and Ross Cunningham. Bain and Pollock improved to 14-5 in doubles play, while Nallon and Joelson raised their record to 2-1.
In singles action, Bain was one of four A&M players to earn victories versus the Golden Hurricane (12-5). His 6-2, 6-2 straight-set victory over Tulsa’s Will Gray decided the match after Nallon easily won at No. 5 and Pollock won at No. 2. Joelson picked up the Aggies’ fifth point of the night after a first-set comeback to win out his No. 6 singles match with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 result over Tulsa’s Camacho.
In the top of the singles lineup, junior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) retired in the third set due to injury versus third-ranked Arnau Brugues. He made a swift second-set comeback after dropping the first set 6-1 to the Spaniard. Makowski and Pollock debuted in the spring ITA/FILA national rankings this week at No. 114 and No. 104 respectively. Pollock owns a 16-8 mark this season and has won his last three-straight matches against players from No. 22 Division II Abilene Christian and LSU.
A&M will close out a six-match homestand at the Mitchell Center with No. 40-ranked New Mexico (11-3) on tap on Sunday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
(49) TEXAS A&M 5, (22) TULSA 2
March 21, 2007
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
at College Station, Texas
No. 1 (3) Arnau Brugues (Tulsa) def. (114) Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M), 6-1, 3-6, 3-1 (retired).
No. 2 (104) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Federico Soriano (Tulsa), 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 Ricardo Soriano (Tulsa) def. Luka Ocvirk (Texas A&M), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11).
No. 4 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) def. Will Gray (Tulsa), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 5 John Nallon (Texas A&M) def. Ross Cunningham (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-1.
No. 6 Brett Joelson (Texas A&M) def. Diego Camacho (Tulsa), 7-6 (5), 6-3.
No. 1 Nallon-Joelson (Texas A&M) def. Brugues-F. Soriano (Tulsa), 8-3.
No. 2 Pollock-Bain (Texas A&M) def. (21) Camacho-Cunningham (Tulsa), 8-5.
No. 3 Andy Connelly-Lucques Maasdorp (Tulsa) def. (41) Mike Beatty-Bryan Wooten (Texas A&M), 8-0.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 5, 2, 4*, 6, 1, 3