COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The No. 25 –ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team travels to face No. 23 Texas Tech in Lubbock in a dual match on Saturday, Apr. 7 with first serve set for 6 p.m.
“Texas Tech started slow this spring but they appear to be waking up,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “They routed Baylor last weekend in Waco, 6-1, and they are now on a roll. The Red Raiders have a very senior laden team and they are always tough to play on the Plains of West Texas. Our guys have to acclimate to the conditions quickly. This matchup brings added significance as we play in Lubbock for the last time in the Big 12 Conference. I am sure Coach (Tim) Siegel and the Red Raider tennis fans are really looking forward to this one. Having said that, I was very encouraged how our team competed last Wednesday against Rice. While the score line was 7-0, there were a lot of close matches that our guys really fought through and prevailed. We relish the challenge that is ahead this weekend.”
The Aggies are 12-9 on the year and 1-1 in Big 12 play after splitting a pair of matches against No. 13-ranked OU and Oklahoma State last weekend and defeating the Rice Owls Wednesday.
The Red Raiders are 12-6 on the year and 1-0 in the league and have won six of their last eight matches.
The Aggies have won five straight against Texas Tech with the last Red Raider win coming in Lubbock, 4-3, in 2008.
The Aggies are led by senior co-captain Alexis Klegou who is ranked No. 29 in singles action and Tech is led by Gonzalo Escobar who is ranked No. 27. Tech’s Raony Carvalho is also ranked at No. 96 while A&M’s senior John Lewis is No. 103.
In doubles play, Tech’s duo of Carvalho and Escobar are ranked No. 28 while the Aggie duo of freshman Jackson Withrow and sophomore Junior Ore are No. 30.
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