Credit to Sam Thornton | Assistant Director, Athletics Communications
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 29 Texas A&M men’s tennis team hosts a conference match at the Mitchell Tennis Center with No. 48 Alabama, Thursday, March 23, with first serve set for 4 p.m.
The Aggies (10-7, 3-2 SEC) are on a four-match win streak, following their most recent win in Fayetteville over the Razorbacks (5-2). A&M opened the match claiming the doubles point with two convincing wins, as Pierce Rollins/Kenner Taylor dominated Stefanos Savva/Alan Sau Franco (6-1) on court 2, while Raphael Perot/Giulio Perego bested Jacob Sweeney/Foster Rogers (6-2) on court 3.
That momentum continued through to singles, where the Maroon & White claimed four wins. The first was from Rollins as he doubled the lead on court 4, topping Benedikt Emesz (7-5, 6-3), followed by Noah Schachter outlasting Savva on court 1 (6-3, 2-6, 6-4). Clinching the match for the Aggies was Guido Marson, who claimed his third-straight win versus Sau Franco on court 5 (6-4, 6-4). Rounding out the wins was Matthis Ross on court 6, as he battled Gerard Planelles in a third-set tiebreaker (3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)).
“Alabama is much improved from last year,” head coach Steve Denton said. “They have a lot of very solid young players that have had a year of this SEC grind. They are playing at a high level and we are playing our best tennis of the year thus far, so it should be a really good match. Typically, in conference matches it comes down to doubles and a few key points in the singles matches, so we need to execute to come away with the win.”
A&M holds a perfect record against the Crimson Tide (9-9, 1-4 SEC), 11-0. In all previous matchups, the Maroon & White have outscored Alabama 48-11. In the most recent match between the programs, the Aggies secured a comfortable win, 5-2, and look to extend that winning streak again Thursday.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association revealed its new team, singles and doubles rankings, in which the Maroon & White have four individuals featured. No. 38 Schachter remains within the top-50 players in the country for the second consecutive ranking. Perot moves up a spot to land at No. 65, while No. 104 Rollins and No. 113 Trey Hilderbrand round out the singles rankings. In doubles Schachter/Hilderbrand half their ranking with a massive jump from No. 78 all the way to the No. 39 spot.
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- Court 1 leads the Aggies in singles with a .733 winning percentage.
- Noah Schachter paces A&M with five ranked wins in dual matches this season.
- Every Aggie to take part in a dual match this season has secured a singles win (11 players).
- Schachter boasts two top-30 singles wins so far this season.
- Raphael Perot holds the most singles wins in dual matches on the team with nine.
- Rahul Dhokia holds a perfect 3-0 record in dual match singles play.
- Noah Schachter/Trey Hilderbrand lead A&M with 11 dual match doubles wins.
- Schachter/Hilderbrand are currently on an eight-match winning-streak.
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