COLLEGE STATION —Texas A&M newcomer Junior Ore had quite a weekend as he helped the 10th-ranked Aggies defeat No. 44 Miami, 7-0, before a crowd of 334 Sunday eveningat the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in the secondround of the ITA Men’s Tennis Kick-Off Weekend. The Aggies will now advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 18-21, the first team appearance by Aggie head coach Steve Denton.
Ore, a freshman from Gaithersburg, MD, teamed with doubles partner, senior Alexey Grigorov (Moscow, Russia) to clinch the doubles point at the No. 2 doubles position. The Aggie duo closed out the Hurricane tandem of Carl Sandberg and Pedro Ast, 8-6.
“This was really a hard fought match,” Denton said. “There were a lot of really close matches. Last night Miami was down 3-0 and fought back so we knew they would battle.”
“I thought the doubles point and the first sets of the singles helped us take control of the match,” Denton added. “Junior is someone we are counting on to come in and to play well. He is getting his feet wet and has come through at the doubles the past couple of matches and he came through with a dominating performance at No. 6 today.”
Austin Krajicek (Brandon, FL) and his All-American doubles teammate Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, FL) finished first at No. 1 doubles with an 8-4 win over Keith Crowley and Christian Blocker. The Aggie tandem brokeserve in the first game of the match. Krajicek and Dadamo are the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the ITA Collegiate rankings.
The No. 3 doubles did not finish once the point was decided between the two teams.
Ore picked up another point with the first singles match beating Padro Ast at the No. 6 line, 6-1, 6-0.
Krajicek, ranked No. 23 in singles,followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Waylon Chin at the No. 1 line.
A few moments later,sophomore Alberto Bautista (McAllen, TX) defeated Gabriel Flores of Miami, 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the match.
Dadamo, ranked No. 54 in singles, rallied in his match to dispatch of Christian Blocker, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 12-10.
Grigorov also rallied at the No. 3 singles line overcoming Keith Crowley, 5-7, 6-4, 10-4.
The final match of the evening was at the No. 4 line where Colin Hoover (Victoria, TX), ranked No. 95 in singles, swept Eduardo Pavia, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
The match was delayed approximately 90 minutes as a brief rain shower hit College Station.
This marked the 20thstraight match victory for A&M at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The last loss was to Fresno State in the opener of last year’s ITA Kick-Off event.
Texas A&M is now 3-0 on the season and Miami falls to 2-2.
The next match for the Aggies will be Friday in Houston as they take on the Texas Longhorns.
Jan. 30, 2011
#10 Texas A&M 4, #44 Miami
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, TX
#1 (1) Krajicek/Dadamo, A&M def. Crowley/Blocker, UM, 8-4
#2 Ore/Grigorov, A&M def. Sundberg/Ast, UM, 8-6
#3(32) Bautista/Hoover, A&M vs. Chin/Pavia, UM, DNF
#1 (23) Austin Krajicek, A&M def. Waylon Chin, UM, 6-3, 6-2
#2 (54) Jeff Dadamo, A&M def. Christian Blocker, UM, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 12-10
#3Alexey Grigorov, A&M def. Keith Crowley, UM, 5-7, 6-4, 10-4
#4Colin Hoover, A&M def. Eduardo Pavia, UM, 7-6 (4), 6-4
#5Alberto Bautista, A&Mdef. Gabriel Flores, UM, 6-3, 6-1
#6 Junior Ore, A&M def. Pedro Ast, UM, 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish:
Doubles 1, 2, 3 DNF (pt A&M)
Singles 6, 1, 5*, 3, 2, 4
*Clinched the match
TEAM RECORDS: Texas A&M (3-0), Miami (2-2)
Next Match for Texas A&M vs. Texas in Houston (Feb. 4)