Texas A&M ready to face Vanderbilt and Lamar – Texas A&M Athletics
BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The Texas A&M men’s tennis team is scheduled to face Vanderbilt and Lamar on Friday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies (9-6, 1-0) and Commodores (9-2, 1-1) meet at 10 a.m. CT before a game against the Cardinals (8-3) at 2 p.m. CT.
“After a very emotional game last night against Texas, we’re going to see how strong our team is,” said the head coach. Steve Denton noted. “With less than ideal weather conditions and a very confident team like Vanderbilt, this will be a real test of what we are made of as a team. I think we are ready for another very competitive SEC game. “
The Aggies split a pair of games Wednesday at the Mitchell Tennis Center, beating UT-Arlington 7-0 before losing a 4-3 game to No. 15 Texas. Against the Longhorns, five of six singles matches ended in a deciding third set as the Aggies won a spirited doubles point and the freshman duo of Julien Perego and Luke Caspar won singles victories.
TEXAS A&M RANKINGS UPDATE
A&M’s Raphael Perot has won six of its last eight matches to move up to 98th in the singles standings. The sophomore moved to 3-2 against ranked foes this season with a win over the then No. 1. 38 Stanford’s No. 8 Alexandre Rotsaert at the ITA Indoor Tag Team Championships.
austin abbrat and Noah Schachter continue to appear in the doubles rankings, the pair landed at No. 46 this week after picking up a win over Texas Tech’s Issac Arevalo and Piotr Pawlak. The Maroon & White duo have recorded a pair of ranked wins this season, highlighted by an 8-7 result against Baylor’s Finn Bass and Sven Lah, currently ranked at No.19.
Fans are encouraged to stop by the marketing table inside the Mitchell Tennis Center entrance, where fans can enter to win free Adidas merchandise, collect roster cards and more. Following each Aggie Men’s Tennis match day this season, select student-athletes will be made available for autographs inside the facility’s main entrance. Be sure to stick around to meet and greet the Aggies.
HUNTING FOR HISTORY
The head coach Steve Denton is set to break the all-time winning record for Texas A&M men’s tennis. In his 16and season leading the Aggie program, Denton has racked up 316 wins and needs three wins to pass Texas A&M Hall of Famer David Kent on the all-time ledger.
The Commodores travel to the Brazos Valley, winners of two straight wins, beating No. 19 Northwestern in Nashville on Wednesday night and defeating Arkansas last Sunday in Fayetteville. Vanderbilt dropped its first conference game against No. 22 Georgia last Friday.
No. 39 George Harwell posted a 4-4 record on the top court this spring, while Joubert Klopper leads the team with a 19-6 overall record and a 7-3 mark in doubles matches. In doubles, No. 76 Michael Ross and Siim Troost have gone 6-2 since January, including a 2-2 record against ranked opponents.
Lamar is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, dating back to Feb. 6. Last Saturday, the Cardinals beat Nicholls 6-1 at Beaumont, powering the doubles point and singles wins for Daniel Sancho Arbizu, Juan Jose Rodriguez, Filippo Salsini, Martin Garcia-Ripoll and Brandon Do. Garcia-Ripoll leads the team with a 9-1 record in singles and a 7-2 record in doubles alongside Joshua Taylor.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
General admission seating on a first-come, first-served basis is free to all spectators and Texas A&M students in the second level grandstand of the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Courtside seating is available for Springer Family Stadium Club season ticket holders.
Friday’s matches will be streamed on 12thman.com via Playsight. Fans are encouraged to click here to tune in. Additionally, live scores from the Vanderbilt game will be available here and here for Lamar.
Cracked Racquets continues its Redzone Broadcast coverage of SEC tennis on Friday, fans can listen to Alex Gruskin on Vanderbilt’s call here. The broadcast will bounce around the most interesting games and crucial points from each SEC site.
For any additional questions and more information about Mitchell Tennis Center amenities, click the link here to be taken to the centerpiece of the tennis match day.
Parking for Friday’s game will be available to fans for $5 in Lot 100D and Lot 100E. Parking payment kiosks are located near the entrance to the Mitchell Tennis Center in lot 100D. Disabled parking is available in each lot. Fans and current students with an active Texas A&M parking permit are permitted free entry to both grounds.
The Aggies continue their 11-game home run with a double-header on Sunday, March 13 against Mississippi State and Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT, respectively.
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Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis. Aggie fans can also keep up to date with the A&M Men’s Tennis Team on Facebook or Twitter by following @AggieMTEN.