WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team had a dominant performance on both singles and doubles courts at the ITA/USTA Texas Regional Championships in Waco on Saturday. The Aggies advanced five singles players to the Round of 32 and four doubles tandems to the Round of 16 to be played on Sunday. Doubles is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m. with singles beginning at 9:30.
In the opening singles round, the Maroon and White posted a 4-2 mark with victories from Frankie Colunga, Jackson Withrow, Jordan Szabo and Behzad Minavi while Max Montague and Tito Moreiras narrowly missed wins. Colunga downed Sebastian Ermicioiu of the University of Texas-Arlington, 6-2, 6-4. Withrow bested Abilene Christian’s Borja Cortes, 6-3, 6-4. Szabo defeated Stefan Williams of the University of Texas-Arlington, 6-1, 6-1, and Minavi ousted Joseph Bishop of UTPA, 6-1, 6-4. Montague fell to Vincent Schneider of Baylor, 6-3, 6-2, and Moreiras dropped his contest to Srikar Alla of Rice, 6-4, 6-0.
The Aggies earned a 5-3 mark in the second round after Harrison Adams, Shane Vinsant, Junior Ore and Jeremy Efferding all saw first-round byes. Vinsant, the No. 3 seed in the regional, cruised in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, over Kevin Bettendroffer of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Ore, the No. 5 seed, rolled Michael Feucht of Lamar, 6-0, 6-3. No. 2 seed Efferding held serve against Clement Homs of Texas, 6-2, 6-3. After first round wins, Withrow posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Juuso Laitinen of Lamar and Minavi defeated TCU’s Trey Daniel, 6-4, 6-3. Colunga and Szabo were unable to hold momentum from early victories, falling to Leonard Ivic of Incarnate Word (6-3, 6-4) and Andres Alfonso (6-4, 1-6, 6-4) of TCU. Harrison Adams, the tournament’s No. 5 seed, was upset by Hugo Dojas of Texas Tech, 6-0, 6-4.
The Aggies saw dominant first-round wins from a pair of doubles tandems. Minavi and Moreiras ousted Berkowics and Sitaram of Texas, 8-1 while Efferding and Szabo cruised against Perez and Robles of UTA, 8-2. The lone doubles loss for A&M came in a tiebreaker when the duo of Colunga and Montague fell to Migliano and Williams, 8-7 (6) of UTA.
Texas A&M went a perfect 4-0 in doubles in the second round, which featured an upset of the No. 3 doubles seed. Efferding and Szabo held off TCU’s duo of Chappell and Stein, 8-5, to complete the upset for the Aggies. Ore and Withrow, the top doubles seed, didn’t drop a game in their match to Rubio and Stillman of UTSA, winning 8-0. Adams and Vinsant, the No. 2 seed and winners of last year’s regional doubles tournament, continued their winning ways at the tournament, beating Melott and Nix of Texas Tech, 8-3. Minavi and Moreiras claimed a victory by default after SMU’s fifth-seeded tandem of Kazijevs and Nowicki withdrew due to an injury.
The men’s tennis team continues the action tomorrow in Waco at 8 a.m. Follow all the tournament action here: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=140566. To learn more about the team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
SINGLES (Main Draw)
First Round (Round of 128)
Vincent Schneider, BU def. Max Montague, A&M 6-3, 6-2
Frankie Colunga, A&M def. Sebastian Ermicioiu, UTA 6-2, 6-4
Srikar Alla, Rice def. Tito Moreiras, A&M 6-4, 6-0
Jackson Withrow, A&M def. Borja Cortes, ACU 6-3, 6-4
Jordan Szabo, A&M def. Stefan Williams, UTA 6-1, 6-1
Behzad Minavi, A&M def. Joseph Bishop, UTPA 6-1, 6-4
Second Round (Round of 64)
Leonard Ivic, UIW def. Frankie Colunga, A&M 6-3, 6-4
Hugo Dojas, TTU def. (5) Harrison Adams, A&M 6-0, 6-4
(3) Shane Vinsant, A&M def. Kevin Bettendroffer, TAMUCC 6-2, 6-3
(5) Junior Ore, A&M def. Michael Feucht, Lamar 6-0, 6-3
Jackson Withrow, A&M def. Juuso Laitinen, Lamar 6-2, 6-2
Andres Alfonso, TCU def. Jordan Szabo, A&M 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Behzad Minavi, A&M def. Trey Daniel, TCU 6-4, 6-3
(2) Jeremy Efferding, A&M def. Clement Homs, UT 6-2, 6-3
Third Round (Round of 32)
(3) Shane Vinsant, A&M vs. Austin Robles, UTA 9:30 a.m.
(5) Junior Ore, A&M vs. Adrien Berkowicz, UT 11:15 a.m.
Jackson Withrow, A&M vs. (9) Sudanwa Sitaram, UT 11:15 a.m.
Behzad Minavi, A&M vs. (9) Diego Galeano, BU 11:15 a.m.
(2) Jeremy Efferding, A&M vs. Facundo Lugones, TCU 11:15 a.m.
Daniel Echeverry, UTA def. Max Montague, A&M 6-2, 6-2
Tito Moreiras, A&M vs. Francesco Migliano, UTA 9:30 a.m.
DOUBLES (Main Draw)
First Round (Round of 64)
Migliano/Williams, UTA def. Colunga/Montague, A&M 8-7 (6)
Minavi/Moreiras, A&M def. Berkowics/Sitaram, UT 8-1
Efferding/Szabo, A&M def. Perez/Robles, UTA 8-2
Second Round (Round of 32)
(1) Ore/Withrow, A&M def. Rubio/Stillman, UTSA 8-0
Minavi/Moreiras, A&M def. (5) Kazijevs/Nowicki, SMU W/D (inj)
Efferding/Szabo, A&M def. (3) Chappell/Stein, TCU 8-5
(2) Adams/Vinsant, A&M def. Melott/Nix, TTU 8-3
Third Round (Round of 16)
(1) Ore/Withrow, A&M vs. Berger/Gonzalez, Rice 8:00 a.m.
Minavi/Moreiras, A&M vs. Blake/Daniel, TCU 8:00 a.m.
Efferding/Szabo, A&M vs. Goldhoff/Lewis, UT 8:00 a.m.
(2) Adams/Vinsant, A&M vs. Bennett/Gustafsson, Rice 8:00 a.m.
Colunga/Montague, A&M vs. Cortes/Gesser, ACU TBA