COLLEGE STATION -- In its final test before its Big 12 Conference opener, the No. 33-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team used a 6-1 rout of No. 74 TCU to close out non-conference play Tuesday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Aggies (13-5) claimed a near sweep of the Horned Frogs (4-9) in singles and doubles competition. A&M captured the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Junior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) and sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) raised their team-leading doubles record to 16-5 with an 8-6 victory over TCU’s Radu Barbu and Andrew Ulrich at No. 2, while the No. 41-ranked duo of junior Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Bryan Wooten (Houston, Texas) defeated TCU’s Chris Biro and Stuart Row, 8-2, at No. 3. Beatty and Wooten now boast a 12-2 doubles record.
In singles action, Pollock clinched the match for the Aggies with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over No. 106-ranked Cosmin Cotet at the top of the lineup. Pollock, ranked No. 104 in the latest ITA/FILA singles rankings, won his fifth-straight match and remains an undefeated 4-0 at No. 1. Freshman Clay Donato (Toronto, Canada) followed the winning trend with his fourth-straight match victory over TCU’s Stuart Row, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6.
Senior Brett Joelson (Beaverton, Ore.), Bain and senior John Nallon (Garland, Texas) each went through lengthy measures to tally the final points for the Aggies at the No. 3 through No. 5 lines. Joelson beat TCU’s Kriegler Brink in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, while Nallon downed TCU’s Andrew Ulrich, 6-0, 1-6, 7-6. Bain captured his team-best 24th victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 result over TCU’s Radu Barbu.
“It was a battle,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “Everyone stepped up and got the job done. We had three three-setters we battled through to win and our fitness level came into play tonight. We had something left in our tanks to keep on fighting. When our guys are in good shape that usually translates into mental toughness on the court. I was very pleased on how we won all of our close matches. We kept up the momentum against TCU and are showing signs of coming together as a team. As we wrap-up non-conference play, now it is time to see what we can do against some really tough, well-coached Big 12 teams.”
A&M, which moved up to No. 33 in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings released Tuesday, opens league play against No. 34 Texas Tech (10-5, 1-0) on Friday, March 30 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. First serve between the Aggies and Red Raiders is set for 6 p.m.
(33) TEXAS A&M 6, (74) TCU 1
March 27, 2007
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center
at Fort Worth, Texas
No. 1 (104) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. (106) Cosmin Cotet (TCU), 7-6, 6-4.
No. 2 Chris Biro (TCU) def. Brad Williams (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 Brett Joelson (Texas A&M) def. Kriegler Brink (TCU), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 4 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) def. Radu Barbu (TCU), 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.
No. 5 John Nallon (Texas A&M) def. Andrew Ulrich (TCU), 6-0, 1-6, 7-6.
No. 6 Clay Donato (Texas A&M) def. Stuart Row (TCU), 6-4, 6-1.
No. 1 (23) Cotet-Brink (TCU) def. Nallon-Joelson (Texas A&M), 8-7.
No. 2 Bain-Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Barbu-Ulrich (TCU), 8-6.
No. 3 (41) Mike Beatty-Bryan Wooten (Texas A&M) def. Biro-Row (TCU), 8-2.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 2, 6, 1*, 5, 3, 4