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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 11th-ranked Texas A&M men's tennis team defeated No. 46 Arkansas, 7-0, to close out the six-match home stand with a win in front of 241 fans at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies improve to 13-7 and 4-2 in SEC play while the Razorbacks fall to 11-8 and 0-5 in the SEC.
"All these SEC matches are tough," Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. "We put in a new team at the No. 3 doubles and they did a good job of getting ahead early and relaxing everybody else. We were able to secure the point pretty comfortably. We were able to stay ahead in singles and keep our momentum rolling for most of the day. I was extremely happy to see Jackson be able to play a singles match. That's encouraging for us. Today we did a much better job of staying on top of Arkansas and not let them get anything going."
Texas A&M won the doubles point for the second consecutive match. Freshman Harry Adams and senior Niall Angus defeated Santiago Munoz and Hall Fess, 8-4, from the No. 3 line to earn the first doubles win for the Aggies. Moments later, the 15th-ranked tandem of Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore bested Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott, 8-4, from the No. 1 line to secure the doubles point for A&M.
Leading 1-0, the Aggies carried their doubles momentum into singles, winning all six of the first sets in singles. 117th-ranked Withrow defeated Mike Ward 6-3, 6-3, from the No. 4 line to push the advantage to 2-0. Seconds after, Behzad Minavi rolled through Munoz, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 position to push A&M's lead to 3-0. 117th-ranked Adams clinched the match for the Maroon and White when he downed Nott at the No. 3 line, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Jordan Szabo added insult to injury for the Razorbacks when he beat Victor Hoang, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, at the No. 5 line to push the advantage to 5-0. Ore rallied from a 3-5 deficit in the second set to defeat Gregoire Lehmann, 6-4, 7-5, and stake the Aggies to a 6-0 lead. 52nd-ranked Jeremy Efferding capped off the match by beating Jeske, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 2 line to complete the shutout.
Texas A&M will be in action again on March 25 when it travels to Los Angeles to take on No. 2 USC. To learn more about the men's tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter.
No. 11 Texas A&M def. No. 46 Arkansas, 7-0
No. 1 - Junior Ore, A&M def. Gregoire Lehmann, Ark. 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 - No. 52 Jeremy Efferding, A&M def. Manfred Jeske, Ark 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 - No. 118 Harry Adams, A&M def. Mike Nott, Ark 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 4 - No. 117 Jackson Withrow, A&M def. Mike Ward, Ark. 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 - Jordan Szabo, A&M def. Victor Hoang, Ark. 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
No. 6 - Behzad Minavi, A&M def. Santiago Munoz, Ark. 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 - No. 15 Withrow/Ore, A&M def. No. 60 Jeske/Nott, Ark. 8-4
No. 2 - Efferding/Szabo, A&M vs. Lehmann/Ward, Ark. 5-4 (unfinished)
No. 3 - Adams/Angus, A&M def. Munoz/Fess, Ark. 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles 3, 1 Singles 4, 6, 3*, 5, 1, 2
*clinched the match
Texas A&M (13-7, 4-2 SEC); Arkansas (11-8, 0-5 SEC)