COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team opens the 2014 season ranked No. 12 in the ITA Division I Tennis Rankings the collegiate tennis governing body announced on Thursday. Juniors Jeremy Efferding and Behzad Minavi as well as sophomores Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant appeared in the individual singles rankings while the tandems of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow as well as Jordan Szabo and Efferding made appearances in the doubles rankings.
The Aggies were among ten teams in the Southeastern Conference to crack the top-25 with Georgia (3), Tennessee (6), Kentucky (9), Mississippi (11), Texas A&M (12), Mississippi State (14), Florida (15), Vanderbilt (16), South Carolina (18) and LSU (24) rounding out the conference. Other squads on the schedule for the Aggies include Ohio State (5), Oklahoma (10), Illinois (22), Tulsa (25), Auburn (28), Alabama (33), TCU (39) and Arkansas (58).
Jeremy Efferding enters the spring as the highest ranked singles player for the Aggies, coming into the season at No. 13. The Boca Raton native became the first player in A&M history to upset the nation’s top-ranked player when he downed Virginia’s Alex Domijain, 6-3, 7-6 (4), on March 13, 2013. During his sophomore campaign, Efferding garnered All-SEC first team honors as well as All-SEC Tournament accolades.
Harry Adams opens as the No. 19 singles player in the nation after claiming the SEC Fall Classic singles championship in September. As a freshman, Adams garnered All-SEC second team honors and All-Freshmen team accolades in addition to advancing to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in doubles with partner Shane Vinsant.
Shane Vinsant opens as the No. 38 singles player in the nation after advancing to the finals in singles at the ITA/USTA Texas Regionals. In his freshman campaign, the Keller native was named to the All-SEC second team as well as earning All-Freshmen team accolades.
After an impressive fall campaign, junior Behzad Minavi enters the ITA singles rankings for the first time in his career. As a sophomore, Minavi posted a 9-4 mark in dual matches.
Senior Junior Ore and junior Jackson Withrow enter the spring season with the highest overall ranking for the Aggies, entering at No. 6. In the fall, the duo was named as an at-large pair to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, New York, competing against the top competition nationally. Last season, Ore and Withrow garnered All-America honors by being named a 5-8 seed at the NCAA Individual Tournament.
Jordan Szabo and Efferding are making their first appearance in the ITA rankings at No. 20 after primarily playing the No. 3 doubles line for the Aggies last season.
The Aggies open the spring season with a double-header on January 19 against Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-Pan American. To learn more about the men’s tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
Men's National Team Rankings
Administered by the ITA
NCAA Division I Tennis
January 2, 2014
Rank School 2012-13 Final Rank
1 University of Virginia 1
2 UCLA 2
3 University of Georgia 3
4 University of Southern California 5
5 Ohio State University 4
6 University of Tennessee 6
7 Duke University 7
8 Baylor University 12
9 University of Kentucky 9
10 University of Oklahoma 13
11 University of Mississippi 10
12 Texas A&M University 14
13 Pepperdine 8
14 Mississippi State University 11
15 University of Florida 16
16 Vanderbilt University 15
17 California 17
18 University of South Carolina 18
19 Wake Forest University 19
20 University of Texas 23
21 University of Memphis 20
22 University of Illinois 24
23 Clemson University 21
24 Louisiana State University 22
25 University of Tulsa 25