A&M finishes home tournament on top
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 22:10
The Texas A&M men’s tennis team competed at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge, a three-day tournament held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center over the weekend.
The Aggies finished the weekend 10-7 in singles and 6-6 in doubles matches across two days of play. Sunday’s games were cancelled due to inclement weather.
A&M hosted the University of Illinois and Harvard University for the tournament, with the Fighting Illini finishing 8-8 in singles and 6-5 in doubles and the Crimson closing with a 5-9 singles and 6-6 doubles record.
The doubles matches were highlighted by the third-ranked A&M pair, senior Junior Ore and junior Jackson Withrow, as they defeated two top-20 tandems in Illinois’ No. 10 duo of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski and the No. 20 pair in Harvard’s Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster.
In singles, A&M was able to overcome early deficits in two matches as juniors Jeremy Efferding and Behzad Minavi powered through opponents to victories.
“There were great matches all around today,” A&M assistant coach Bob McKinley said. “That’s exactly what we need this time of year is to play competitive matches. I feel like we won more than our share. Obviously when you lose there’s a disappointment there, but overall I was happy for the day.”
The second day of play Saturday proved less efficient for A&M, as the Aggies finished 5-4 in singles and 0-4 in doubles.
Efferding’s strong performance against Illinois’ No. 121 Kopinski proved the Aggies’ best of the day, as each doubles team struggled to losses.
“It was a good day of tennis for us today,” said A&M head coach Steve Denton. “We need this tough competition this time of the year to try to get better. The most disappointing thing came tonight in doubles.”