PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team lost a hard-fought battle against No. 18 Stanford (4-1), Monday at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
With A&M looking to take down another ranked opponent, pairing No. 33 Noah Schachter/Trey Hilderbrand got the Aggies off the mark fast, defeating Stanford’s Arthur Fery/Filip Kolasinski on court 1 (6-1). The Cardinal fired back winning on court 3, but A&M’s JC Roddick/Giulio Perego answered back by closing out court 2, besting Samir Banerjee/Max Basing (6-2) and securing the doubles point for the Maroon & White.
A&M looked to expand on its lead heading into singles, but Stanford applied the pressure and was able to close things out quickly. Schachter and Guido Marson picked up first-set victories to keep the Aggies in the match. Schachter was locked into a fierce battle with Arthur Fery on court 1. The pair traded sets early and Schachter was leading 3-1 in the third set as the match was abandoned. Guido Marson had gained an advantage over Neel Rajesh in the third set after a back-and-forth in the opening two. Marson was also leading, 3-0, as the third set was left unfinished.
Head Coach Steve Denton on the trip and today’s dual match…
“It was a good match today against a really good team. I felt like we had a lot of momentum early winning the doubles point, and then started well in a lot of the singles matches. Not closing those early sets let them back in the match and them being such a talented team they took advantage of that and closed us out, even though we had a couple of matches on the court where we were in good position.”
The Aggies go back on the road, this time to Columbus, Ohio, where they will face No. 2 Ohio State at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.
Schachter (2-0) – Fery (6-3, 4-6, 3-1) unfinished
No. 43 Hilderbrand (1-2) – No. 7 Basing (5-7, 3-6)
Perego (0-2) – Banerjee (4-6, 5-7)
No. 44 Rollins (1-2) – Chaudhary (6-7(2), 2-6)
Marson (1-0) – Rajesh (6-1, 3-6, 3-0) unfinished
Casper (0-2) – Kolasinski (3-6, 1-6)
No. 33 Schachter/Hilderbrand (2-1) def. Fery/Kolasinski (6-1)
Roddick/Perego (2-1) def. Banerjee/Basing (6-2)
Taylor/Perot (1-2) – Basavareddy/Rajesh (3-6)
Story by Sam Thornton, Athletics Communications