COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With 6-1, 6-1 victories by senior John Lewis, and redshirt freshmen Jackson Withrow and Jordan Szabo at the Nos. 3, 5, and 6 lines, respectively, the Texas A&M men's tennis team continued its winning ways and defeated the Abilene Christian University Wildcats, 6-1, in the second match of a doubleheader at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center today in front of a crowd of 406. The Aggies (9-5) beat the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 7-0, earlier today.
"I was really proud of how all our guys performed today." Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. When asked about the doubleheader, he replied, "It was a great opportunity for some of the guys who normally don't get the chance to play as much. They got the chance to prove themselves today, and I was very impressed."
"Junior Ore and Jordan Szabo both really impressed me today, especially Szabo since he doesn't normally get the opportunity to show what he can do, but he showed it today with those two wins at No. 6."
The Aggies started strong, winning all three doubles matches to secure the first point of the match. Senior co-captains Colin Hoover and John Lewis played at the No. 1 line and won 8-5, with Niall Angus and Jeremy Efferding at the No. 2 winning 8-2, and Lewis and Szabo at the No. 3 taking the win, 8-2.
After the three 6-1, 6-1 victories, Ore completed his day with a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 2 line. Angus won his sixth straight match with a 7-5, 6-1 victory on the No. 4 court. The final pairing of the day finished in a tough loss for Hoover, who fell in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 in his first attempt playing at the No. 1 line this year.
Klegou, who is ranked No. 30 in the ITA singles rankings, did not participate in the singles against ACU.
"He had a long game in the first match today and Hoover had a quick one, so I thought today would be a good day to let Colin have his chance at the No. 1 line." Denton said.
The match marked the 43rd consecutive home victory for the Aggies, the longest home streak in any sport in Texas A&M history.
Up next, Texas A&M travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 2 team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m. CST.
No. 15 Texas A&M 6, Abilene Christian 1
#1- Hans Hach (ACU) def. Colin Hoover (A&M), 4-6, 6-3, 12-10
#2- Junior Ore (A&M) def. Nick Plum (ACU), 6-4, 6-2
#3-John Lewis (A&M) def. Alfredo Desiati (ACU), 6-1, 6-1
#4-Niall Angus (A&M) def. Borja Cortes (ACU), 7-5, 6-1
#5-Jackson Withrow (A&M) def. Guilherme Gesser (ACU), 6-1, 6-1
#6-Jordan Szabo (A&M) def. Michael Morris (ACU), 6-1, 6-1
#1-Hoover/Lewis (A&M) def. Hach/Gesser (ACU), 8-5
#2-Angus/Efferding (A&M) def. N. Plum/Cortes (ACU), 8-2
#3-Szabo/Withrow (A&M) def. Desiati/K. Plum (ACU), 8-2
Order of Finish:
Doubles 3, 1, 2
Singles 3, 5, 6*, 2, 4, 1
Attendance - 406
Season Records: Texas A&M (9-5) Abilene Christian (8-5)