COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 49-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team hosts No. 40-ranked New Mexico on Sunday, March 25 in non-conference dual match play. First serve between the Aggies and Lobos is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies (11-5) have played their last five matches at the friendly confines of the Mitchell Center and improved to 9-2 at home with a 5-2 victory over No. 22-ranked Tulsa on Wednesday night. The Lobos are the sixth opponent to travel to College Station in a two-week period and the fifth to be ranked among the top 75 teams in the country. A&M has won four of its last six matches.
New Mexico (11-3) will play back-to-back contests against the Big 12 Conference’s finest in the Lone Star State this weekend. The Lobos travel to No. 13-ranked Texas on Saturday with a quick turnaround to College Station on Sunday. They have yet to find a win on the road with all three of their losses of the season occurring at Boise State (twice) and at Denver.
UNM’s Chris Parkes is currently ranked No. 173 in the latest ITA/FILA singles rankings along with Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) at No. 104 and Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) at No. 114. Pollock and teammate Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) have won their last three-straight matches and pace the Aggies in singles victories. Bain has compiled a team-leading 23-6 record, while Pollock has posted a 16-8 record. Both have reached 10 victories in dual match play with Bain at 11-2 and Pollock at 10-4.
A&M holds a one-match advantage in the all-time series versus the Lobos at 4-3. UNM has won the last three consecutive meetings between the two schools, while A&M won the first four dating back to the 1982 season. It has been 12 years since both teams last met each other on the courts in 1995.
New Casa de Cass…Former Texas A&M head coach Tim Cass (1997-2006) currently serves as senior associate athletics director at New Mexico. Cass was a three-time All-WAC honoree and All-American for the Lobos. Prior to his 10 seasons at A&M, Cass spent eight seasons as men’s tennis head coach at his alma mater from 1989-96. He led the Aggies to NCAA Championship berths in each of his 10 seasons including six Sweet 16 appearances.
On The Airwaves…Listen to The Steve Denton Show every Monday evening at 4:15 p.m. on Chip Howard’s SportsTalk broadcast live on KZNE 1150 AM The Zone in College Station. Denton joins host Chip Howard for the only college tennis coach’s radio show in the nation. Each week, the duo will recap and preview matches for the nationally-ranked Aggies. The weekly radio show airs from February through the NCAA Championship and can also be heard worldwide on the Internet at www.KZNE.com.