COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Match #15:
Texas A&M (11-3, 4-0 SEC) vs Ohio State (16-0, 1-0 Big 10)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Mitchell Tennis Center • College Station, TX
Live Video: 12thMan.com/livetennis
Live Stats: http://statb.us/b/246138
Texas A&M men's tennis team hosts No. 1 Ohio State Monday at 6 p.m. (CT) at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies look to even the all-time series between the two powerhouse programs as they trail 7-8 in 15 all-time matchups against the Buckeyes.
“We are excited to renew our rivalry with Ohio State,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We seem to always have a good old fashion tussle with the Buckeyes. They are a tough minded team that always plays hard and are one of the premier teams in the country every year. They have dominated the first half of this season winning the ITA Indoors and coming to town undefeated. We have made some progress in the last few matches and I expect our team to play at a high level tomorrow. I encourage tennis fans to make it out tomorrow, it is going to be a fun match to watch.”
The Maroon & White after winning their last eight matches, including a perfect 4-0 start to the SEC season. The Aggies have won 18 straight regular season SEC matches after topping Georgia and No. 25 Tennessee last week at the Mitchell Tennis Center. Against the Bulldogs, freshman Guido Marson earned a last-match standing third-set thriller against Georgia senior Walker Duncan. The Maroon & White cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Volunteers on Saturday behind the doubles point and singles victories from Hady Habib, Valentin Vacherot, Barnaby Smith, Noah Schachter and Alex Vedri.
Texas A&M boasts four student-athletes in this week’s Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Top 125 National Singles Rankings. Vacherot moved up nine spots to No. 38 this week to lead the charge for the Maroon & White. Joining Vacherot in the Top 125 are No. 58 Smith, No. 120 Habib and No. 121 Austin Abbrat.
Smith is an impressive 10-1 this spring having won 11 of his last 12 matches. Habib has won eight of his 10 matches since rejoining the team in January. Abbrat, a freshman from Spring, Texas, has won eight of his last 10 matches.
Monday’s match against the Buckeyes was originally the second match of a double header, but the morning match against Prairie View A&M has been cancelled due to potential inclement weather in the forecast. After taking on Ohio State, A&M will hit the road for a double header in Baton Rouge against No. 24 LSU and New Orleans on Saturday, March 16.
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