COLLEGE STATION – The No. 9 Texas A&M men's tennis team bested No. 25 Arkansas, 6-1, Friday evening at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center to win its 13th straight match and 20th consecutive regular season SEC match. The Aggies improved to 15-3 this spring and 6-0 in SEC with the victory, while the Razorbacks fell to 11-8 in dual matches and 2-3 in league play.
The Aggies earned the doubles point to open the match with 6-1 wins on courts one and two. A&M’s Carlos Aguilar and Barnaby Smith, ranked No. 23 nationally, were the first duo to earn a victory as they topped Arkansas’ Oscar Mesquida and Adam Sanjurjo on court one. The Aggie tandem of Hady Habib and Kevin Lam secured the point with a win on court two over the Razorback pair of Maxim Verboven and Enrique Paya.
The Maroon & White maintained the momentum into singles play, winning five of six first sets. A&M’s Vacherot, ranked No. 32, dominated on court three in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Arkansas’ Josh Howard-Tripp to push the Aggies ahead 2-0. With the win, Vacherot earned his team-leading 65th win of his collegiate career. The junior improved to 15-6 this year and 9-4 in dual matches.
No. 76 Smith posted the third point of the match for A&M, defeating Arkansas’ Alex Reco 6-2, 6-3 on court three. The win was Smith’s sixth straight this spring to improve to 14-1 in dual matches and 21-4 overall, both win totals lead the Aggies this year.
No. 77 Aguilar clinched the win for the Aggies, putting the home team ahead 4-0, with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court one over Oscar Mesquida. Aguilar has now won three straight matches to improve to 15-8 this year.
The Razorbacks earned their only point of the night as Sanjurjo earned a win in a third-set super tiebreaker over A&M’s Habib on court two. The Aggies picked up the final two points of the match as freshmen Austin Abbrat and Noah Schachter made the final score 6-1 in A&M’s favor.
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Post Match Quotes
Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton
On today’s win over Arkansas…
“I thought we played really well in the doubles, which helped us get out to a great start, and then our guys competed well in the singles matches. We had good performances throughout our lineup tonight, and we kind of kept the pressure on them. This huge crowd really helped us, obviously a lot, to be here tonight. It was a pleasure for our guys to play in front of that many people, they enjoy that a lot, so it was great to see.”
On players that impressed him…
“Well I think it was a team win, I think a lot of guys were very impressive today. Barnaby Smith was really good, Valentin Vacherot got off the court really quickly. I thought our doubles was pretty good tonight and if we get that doubles point and keep that pressure on them, like we were able to do. We are a pretty good team.”
On upcoming match at South Carolina…
“We have been at home for a couple of matches and now it’s back on the road. I have always felt that you need to be better than your opponent significantly to win on the road. Our guys are going to be challenged because we are going to face a really good South Carolina team that I think has only lost one match at home this year. We are going to have to go there and be ready for a big fight.”
Tennis Match Results
Arkansas vs Texas A&M
3/22/2019 at College Station, TX
(George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)
#9 Texas A&M 6, #25 Arkansas 1
1. #77 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. Oscar Mesquida (AR) 6-2, 6-4
2. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. #62 Hady Habib (TAMU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10)
3. #32 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Josh Howard-Tripp (AR) 6-1, 6-0
4. #76 Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Alex Reco (AR) 6-2, 6-3
5. Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Enrique Paya (AR) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
6. Austin Abbrat (TAMU) def. Pedro Alonso (AR) 6-4, 7-6 (7-0)
1. #23 Juan Carlos Aguilar/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Oscar Mesquida/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-1
2. Hady Habib/Kevin Lam (TAMU) def. Maxim Verboven/Enrique Paya (AR) 6-1
3. Valentin Vacherot/Jack Pulliam (TAMU) vs. Alex Reco/Jose Alonso (AR) 4-4, unfinished
Arkansas 11-8, 2-3; National ranking #25
Texas A&M 16-3, 6-0; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,4,1,2,6,5)