COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M’s Guido Marson captured a last match standing victory in the third-set to propel the men's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over Georgia Thursday evening at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. With the win the Aggies improved to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in SEC matches, while the Bulldogs fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 against the league.
“For us to not win the doubles point and to win the matches we won tonight is really impressive,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “Georgia is a really good team like I told everybody. We had to play well tonight to win and our guys really came through. The two freshman on courts five and six played at a really high level. I am really happy for Guido [Marson] to clinch this match, it will give him a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Marson, a freshman from Pordenone, Italy, outlasted Georgia’s Walker Duncan on court six to secure the team victory. The right-hander dropped the first set 6-4 before grinding out the second set, 7-5. After earning a pair of breaks to go up 5-1 in the deciding set, Marson settled in on a no-ad point to win 6-4 in the third set and send the Aggies into a frenzy.
“This was one of the finest moments in my life and I just tried to fight and close the match help my team win,” Texas A&M’s Marson said. “There was late tension and I think I did a good job in fighting and winning the last point for my team. I just said go for it, don’t worry about winning or losing, just play free and I got a bit lucky on the last point, but that’s tennis.”
The Aggies dropped the doubles point with 6-4 results on courts two and three. Georgia’s Philip Henning and Trent Bryde topped A&M’s Hady Habib and Alex Vedri on court three followed by the Bulldog duo of Walker Duncan and Emil Reinberg securing the point against A&M’s Valentin Vacherot and Austin Abbrat on court two.
Texas A&M picked up four first sets in singles play to get back into the match. A&M’s Aguilar evened the match with a swift 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 20 Reinberg on the top court. The win was the highest ranked win of Aguilar’s collegiate career. Georgia regained the advantage as No. 10 Jan Zielinski bested No. 120 Habib 7-6(3), 6-3 on court two.
The Maroon & White leveled the match for a second time as No. 38 Vacherot ousted Georgia’s Bryde, 7-6(4), 6-3, on court three. Vacherot’s fourth-straight victory this spring evened the team score at two-all.
A&M freshman, Noah Schachter, surged to a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) win on court five over Georgia’s Robert Loeb to tack the third point on the board for the home team and set up Marson’s heroics. Prior to Marson securing the win, Georgia tied the score for the third and final time as No. 95 Henning edged A&M’s Barnaby Smith, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2, on court four.
With the win, the Aggies evened the all-time series against Georgia at 6-6, having won the last four match-ups between the two SEC powerhouses.
Thursday’s match kicked off a stretch of five matches in five days at the Mitchell Tennis Center for the Aggies. After taking on the Bulldogs, A&M will host a doubleheader against No. 25 Tennessee and Incarnate Word on Saturday before taking on No. 1 Ohio State and Prairie View A&M on Monday.
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Tennis Match Results
Georgia vs Texas A&M
3/7/2019 at College Station, TX
(George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
#28 Texas A&M 4, #34 Georgia 3
1. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. #20 Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-0, 6-1
2. #10 Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #120 Hady Habib (TAMU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
3. #38 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Trent Bryde (UGA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
4. #95 Phillip Henning (UGA) def. #58 Barnaby Smith (TAMU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
5. Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Robert Loeb (UGA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Guido Marson (TAMU) def. Walker Duncan (UGA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
1. Juan Carlos Aguilar/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) vs. #65 Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 5-4, unfinished
2. Walker Duncan/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Valentin Vacherot/Austin Abbrat (TAMU) 6-4
3. Phillip Henning/Trent Bryde (UGA) def. Hady Habib/Alex Vedri (TAMU) 6-4
Georgia 5-5, 1-1; National ranking #34
Texas A&M 9-3, 3-0; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,3,5,4,6)