April 4, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
The 29th-ranked men's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision Friday night at No. 10 Texas A&M. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 11-12 overall and 4-6 in Southeastern Conference play, while the win lifts the Aggies to 19-5 on the season and 8-1 in league play.
Texas A&M took a 1-0 lead following doubles, winning on courts two and three. Alabama did get a big victory at No. 1 doubles as 38th-ranked Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura upset the second-ranked team in the nation in Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore, 8-7(6), however the Aggies would clinch on court two as No. 55 Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant edged out the Tide's Sean Donohue and Stuart Kenyon, 8-7(5).
"We almost snatched the doubles point," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "Daniil and Becker had a great win, while Stuart and Sean were right there. I think our collective belief was challenged going into singles, and we needed to execute more in order to have a shot against a good A&M team."
In singles, Texas A&M got wins from courts two, five and six to seal the team victory, first from the No. 2 spot with 26th-ranked Vinsant beating No. 105 O'Shaughnessey, 6-3, 6-4. From there, Withrow posted a 6-2, 6-4 win on court five over Donohue before Jordan Szabo closed things out with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Andrew Goodwin on court six. The remaining three matches went unfinished.
Alabama returns home next weekend for its final matches of the regular season, hosting Tennessee, Georgia and Nicholls State.
"Our guys have it in them to keep improving and believing," added Husack. I look forward to a great week of practice heading into an exciting final home weekend."
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