Aggies to face Mississippi State and ACU on Sunday – Texas A&M Athletics
BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The Texas A&M men’s tennis team is set to host Mississippi State and Abilene Christian for a double billing on Sunday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies (11-6, 2-0) and Bulldogs (11-5, 1-2) face off at 1 p.m. CT before an in-state showdown with the Wildcats (4-9) at 6 p.m. (CT).
“We know Mississippi State very well after playing them in the Round of 16 last season in Orlando,” the head coach said. Steve Denton noted. “They have all but one player on this team. They still compete very well, have a blue collar mentality and a history of playing exceptional doubles. We will have to continue the momentum we played with yesterday to come out on top. Abilene Christian has really improved their program and is the toughest program we have faced on a double day this spring.Our guys playing will be put to the test tomorrow night.
The Maroon & White return to action after claiming a 5-2 win over Vanderbilt and a 5-0 win over Lamar on Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies survived freezing and windy conditions to overcome Friday’s double dip. Against the Commodores, A&M won the doubles point and saw Noah Schachter, Guido Marson, Julien Perego and Luke Caspar achieve singles victories. Against the Cardinals, A&M took the doubles points and singles wins of Mathis Ross, Mathis Bondaz, Rahul Dhokia and Kenner Taylor.
TEXAS A&M RANKINGS UPDATE
A&M’s Raphael Perot has won six of its last nine matches to move up to 98th in the singles standings. The sophomore sits 3-2 against ranked foes this season, including a win over then-No. 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.
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 16th season leading the Aggie program, Denton has racked up 318 wins and needs a win to pass Texas A&M Hall of Famer David Kent on the all-time ledger.
Adidas t-shirts will be given to the first 50 fans of the Mississippi State game. 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. After select Aggie Men’s Tennis matches this season, 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.
Sunday’s game against Mississippi State will feature the Concessions returning to the Mitchell Tennis Center. Maui Wowi will be serving smoothies, in addition to other fan-favorite items on the second level of the facility towards the middle of the lobby. Fans are reminded that no outside food or drink is permitted at Texas A&M athletic facilities. All sites are cashless this season.
MISSISSIPPI STATE SCOUTING
Mississippi State earned its first SEC victory Friday in Baton Rouge against LSU behind doubles point and singles wins for No. 25 Florian Broska, No. 81 Nemanja Malesevic and Alberto Colas. Broska leads the team with a 19-5 overall record and a 10-3 record in doubleheaders. Malesevic’s 11-3 doubles record is the best on the team and he partners with Davide Tortora to lead the doubles charge to 10-3 and rank No. 65 in the latest doubles poll.
The ACU head to the Brazos Valley with a 4-9 record on the year, losing their most resentful game last Saturday at the hands of UTSA. Before the loss to the Roadrunners, the Wildcats had won back-to-back victories, overtaking A&M-Corpus Christi and New Mexico State at the HEB Tournament of Champions in Corpus Christi.
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.
Sunday’s matches will be streamed on 12thman.com via Playsight. Fans are encouraged to click here to tune in. Additionally, live scores for the Mississippi State game will be available here and here for the ACU.
For additional questions and more information on Mitchell Tennis Center amenities, click the link here to be redirected to the Tennis Gameday Central page.
Parking for Sunday’s games will be available to fans for $5 in Lot 100D and Lot 100E. 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 wrap up their 11-game home run with a double-header on Tuesday, March 15 against Prairie View A&M and No. 2 Ohio State at noon and 6 p.m. CT, respectively.
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