Texas A&M’s Chris Chirico (pronounced CHUH-REE-co) was edged by Texas Tech’s Michael Breler, 6-3, 6-3, in the consolation semifinals of the top singles flight at the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational held Sunday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center.
Chirico, a junior from Philadelphia, Pa., went 3-2 at the three-day tournament after posting a 3-0 mark against top players from Rice, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi en route to the consolation semis.
“Chris is much improved from last season and you could see it after the first day of the tournament when he played against (sixth-ranked All-American) Arnau Brugues of Tulsa in the opening round,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “He is playing a lot better tennis and will really help us out this year. (Michael) Breler just played well and didn’t make too many mistakes in today’s match.”
With the fall used as a precursor to the official spring season, Denton saw a lot of improvement in the returning players, while also gauging the development of the newcomers to the team.
“We had some good progress made by our younger players this weekend,” he said. “It was good to see them get their feet wet and gain some valuable match play. There were many positives made by everyone on the team and that’s what you are looking for early on in the season. We use the fall to identify what needs to be worked on and address them. I was a little disappointed with our doubles, but we will make adjustments and continue to work hard in practice to be successful in that area.”
The Aggies will continue fall tournament play at the D’Novo ITA All-American Championship to be held on Oct. 3-12 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.