BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 9 Texas A&M men’s tennis team travelled to Baton Rouge to capture a 4-0 shutout over LSU. The win was A&M’s third straight on the road in SEC play.
“This was a very tough match today that was much closer than the score indicated,” head coach Steve Denton said. “Give LSU credit, as they made things complicated for us, as they were fueled by their home crowd.”
The Aggies (14-5, 5-1) made quick work of LSU (8-8, 0-5) in doubles play, Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams dispatched Tam Trinh and Justin Butsch on court two 8-0. Not too long afterwards the fifth-ranked doubles team of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow clinched the doubles point with an 8-2 victory on court one over Chris Simpson and Boris Arias.
“Doubles was very good today,” Denton said. “We really came out aggressively and took it to them. That is the type of doubles that we are capable of playing.”
The maroon and white held the momentum through the first set of singles play winning the first set on five of six courts.
No. 12 Harrison Adams bested No. 62 Chris Simpson on court one to put the Aggies ahead 2-0. It did not take long after Adams’ win for the A&M to get point number three as Jordan Szabo defeated Harrison Kennedy in straight sets on court six.
“The difference in the match was our ability to win a few tiebreakers,” Denton said. “I thought the player of the match was Harrison who fought back from 3-5 down in the second set. He came up with some great shots at the end of the tiebreaker to put another important point on the board for us.”
No. 25 Shane Vinsant clinched the match on court two for A&M defeating Boris Arias in two sets. The final three matches went unfinished in third sets.
“The guys are pretty weary after a long road trip,” Denton added. “I know they will be happy to get back home, get some rest and be ready for a long home stand. They are really looking forward to playing in front of the 12th Man again this coming weekend.”
The Aggies will return to the friendly confines of the George P. Mitchell tennis Center for six straight home matches beginning with a match Saturday against TCU. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M men’s tennis.
No. 9 Texas A&M def. LSU, 4-0
Texas A&M (14-5, 5-1); LSU (8-8, 0-5)
No 1 – #12 Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #60 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 7-6(5)
*No 2 – #25 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
No 3 – Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. #50 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU), 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (unfinished)
No 4 – Justin Butsch (LSU) vs. Junior Ore (TAMU), 6-4, 1-6, 5-3 (unfinished)
No 5 – Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Jackson Withrow (TAMU), 3-6, 6-2, 2-2 (unfinished)
No 6 – Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 6-4, 7-6(5)
No 1 – #5 Junior Ore/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #30 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU), 8-2
No 2 – Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU), 8-0
No 3 – Eric Perez/Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. #38 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU), 3-5 (unfinished)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2)