April 3, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The 29th-ranked men's tennis team (11-11, 4-5 SEC) will travel to College Station, Texas, on Friday to take on No. 10 Texas A&M (18-5, 7-1 SEC). The match, which is the Crimson Tide's final road match of the regular season, will begin at 6 p.m. CT.
Alabama went 2-0 last weekend with wins over No. 26 Vanderbilt and No. 13 Kentucky by scores of 4-1 and 4-2, respectively. The Tide won the doubles point in both matches and got singles wins from Daniil Proskura, Becker O'Shaughnessey and Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Nikko Madregallejo against the Commodores, and Andrew Goodwin, Stuart Kenyon and Madregallejo versus the Wildcats. Proskura, O'Shaughnessey and Kenyon's wins each came against higher-ranked opponents. Madregallejo leads Alabama with a 5-2 record against league opponents in singles, while O'Shaughnessey and Proskura also have a team-best five wins in doubles versus SEC foes.
The Aggies claimed a share of the top spot in the SEC standings after handing No. 7 Georgia its first loss in league play last weekend. Texas A&M then beat 20th-ranked Tennessee for its seventh SEC victory of the year on Sunday. The Aggies have been dominant in doubles in SEC matches, combining for a 13-2 overall record across the three courts. At the top, Texas A&M is led by Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, ranked second nationally, with an 8-1 record in dual-match play. In singles, the Aggies are 22-7 versus league opponents. Five different Aggies have winning streaks of three-matches or more with Shane Vinsant coming in sporting a team-best seven-consecutive victories.
Texas A&M leads the series 8-0 against Alabama. The two teams last met in the 2013 SEC Championships where the Aggies came away with a 4-1 victory.
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