COLLEGE STATION -- The No. 29-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team came up short against No. 15 Texas, 4-2, in the State Farm Lone Showdown between the two rivals Friday night at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
In a close match at No. 1 singles, junior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) led Texas’ Dimitar Kutrovsky in the third set, 3-2, as the power and lights at the Mitchell Center went down at 9:18 p.m. Makowski, ranked No. 67 in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, bounced back from a 6-4 deficit in the first set after claiming the second set, 7-5. The match was later suspended and called at 9:55 p.m. Makowski was going for his third-straight victory in league play at No. 1. He remains at 2-0 on the season.
The Aggies (14-7, 1-2) and Longhorns (13-5, 2-0) began the dual match with tight matches in doubles action. Nallon and teammate Brett Joelson (Beaverton, Ore.) fell to the No. 17-ranked duo of Josh Zavala and Kutrovsky, 8-3, at the top of the lineup, but the Aggies later leveled the playing field as senior Bryan Wooten (Houston, Texas) and freshman Luka Ocvirk (Ljubljana, Slovenia) settled the No. 3 doubles match, 8-5. Wooten and Ocvirk have combined for an undefeated 2-0 record against Big 12 opposition.
The doubles point would come down to the last match standing, as junior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) and sophomore Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) were edged 8-6 by UT’s Miguel Reyes Varela and Milan Mihailovic at No. 2.
In singles play, Pollock won his team-leading eighth consecutive match with a straight-set victory over Texas’ Reyes Varela, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 2 line. Senior John Nallon (Garland, Texas) picked up A&M’s second point of the night with a 7-5, 6-2 win over UT’s Rook Schellenberg at No. 6. Nallon improved to 11-2 in dual match play, while Pollock raised his record to a team-best 14-4. He is an undefeated 3-0 in Big 12 action this season.
“The first two sets were keys for us tonight,” said Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton on the close singles losses. “We had a chance in our first sets, but we did not finish them out. We really needed those first sets to put the pressure back on them.”
Joelson and Bain battled to keep the Aggies alive at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles lines respectively. Joelson was edged 7-5 in the first set by Texas’ Luis Diaz Barriga, while Bain lost 9-7 in the first-set tiebreaker to Josh Zavala.
A&M continues league play next week with a two-match road swing through the state of Oklahoma. The Aggies will take on No. 32 Oklahoma on April 13 in Norman, Okla., and No. 14 Oklahoma State on April 15 in Stillwater, Okla.
(15) TEXAS 4, (29) TEXAS A&M 2
April 6, 2007
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
at College Station, Texas
No. 1 (67) Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M) vs. Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas), 4-6, 7-5, 3-2 (suspended).
No. 2 Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Miguel Reyes Varela (Texas), 6-4, 6-1.
No. 3 Milan Mihailovic (Texas) def. Luka Ocvirk (Texas A&M), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 Luis Diaz Barriga (Texas) def. Brett Joelson (Texas A&M), 7-5, 6-0.
No. 5 Josh Zavala (Texas) def. Matt Bain (Texas A&M), 7-6 (7), 6-3.
No. 6 John Nallon (Texas A&M) def. Rook Schellenberg (Texas), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 1 (17) Zavala-Kutrovsky (Texas) def. Nallon-Joelson (Texas A&M), 8-3.
No. 2 Reyes Varela-Mihailovic (Texas) def. Bain-Pollock (Texas A&M), 8-6.
No. 3 Bryan Wooten-Ocvirk (Texas A&M) def. Deussner-Diaz Barriga, 8-5.