Texas A&M men blank Oklahoma State

WACO — Aggie junior Alexis Klegou (CLAY-goo) closed out the quarterfinal match between second-seed Texas A&M and seventh-seed Oklahoma State as the Aggies posted a 4-0 victory over the Cowboys in Waco on Friday. The victory improves A&M’s record to 25-5 on the year and OSU falls to 5-14. The 25 wins matches the second-best mark in Texas A&M history tying the 2010 team that finished the year 25-7. The school record for wins in a season is held by the 2001 Aggie team that finished 27-4 and reached the Elite Eight at the NCAA Championships. A&M is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA rankings.

“The conditions were very tough for everyone and I thought we handled the conditions pretty well,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “Give OSU a lot of credit, they came to play in the doubles and the matches were very close. Credit our guys for taking their best shot and then responding with our best tennis at the end of the doubles. We were able to take that momentum and got on top winning five of the six first sets in singles to keep the pressure on. We know we will have another tough battle tomorrow morning against either Texas or Nebraska.”

The first doubles tandem off of the court was at No. 3 where the current Big 12 champions, A&M’s Alberto Bautista (McAllen, Texas) and Colin Hoover (Victoria, Texas), defeated Vladislav Bondarenko and Tomas Patino, 8-5. Bautista and Hoover are ranked #90 in the latest ITA rankings. Bautista and Hoover are 18-5 this spring and 15-5 at No. 3 doubles.

The doubles point was clinched at No. 1 where Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Florida) and Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, Florida) won the tiebreaker 7-3 to win their match, 9-8. The Aggie duo is ranked No. 4 in the country with a spring record of 22-3 in doubles and the OSU doubles team of Rifat Biktaykov and Aleksey Bessonov is ranked No. 28.

Dadamo took the momentum of the doubles point and raced out to a 6-2, 6-3 over Biktaykov at No. 2 to put the Aggies up, 2-0. Dadamo, ranked No. 36 in singles, won his 20th singles match of the season and improved to 20-3 overall and 19-3 at No. 2.

Senior Alexey Grigorov (Moscow, Russia) was the next match completed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 against Vladislav Bondarenko. Grigorov improved to 16-8 on the year in singles.

The clinching point was posted by junior Alexis Klegou (Dunkerque, France) at No. 4 singles as Klegou won, 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Aleksey Bessonov. Klegou is ranked No. 89 in the singles ranking and is the Big 12 Champion this year at No. 4. Klegou improved to 10-0 overall at No. 4 and is 18-3 in all of his spring matches.

The win moves A&M into the semifinal match against Texas or Nebraska on Saturday and the first serve will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Longhorns and Cornhuskers are currently competing in Waco.

[2] Texas A&M 4, [7] Oklahoma State 0
Friday, April 29 – Men’s Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal Round – Noon
Baylor Tennis Center • Waco, Texas
RECORDS: Texas A&M (25-5, 5-1) ; Oklahoma State (5-14, 0-6)
ATTENDANCE: n/a
SINGLES
1. #18 Austin Krajicek, TAMU vs. #113 Maniel Bains, OSU DNF
2. #36 Jeff Dadamo, TAMU def. Rifat Biktaykov, OSU 6-2,6-3
3. Alexey Grigorov, TAMU def. Vladislav Bondarenko, OSU 6-3,6-2
4. #89 Alexis Klegou, TAMU vs. Aleksey Bessonov, OSU 6-4,7-6(3)
5. Alberto Bautista, TAMU vs. Eric West, OSU DNF
6. Junior Ore, TAMU vs. IIija Martinoski, OSU DNF

DOUBLES
1. #4 Krajicek/Dadamo, TAMU def. #28 Biktyakov/Bessonov, OSU 9-8(3)
2. #61 Junior Ore/Grigorov, TAMU vs. #84 Bains/West, OSU DNF
3. #90 Hoover/Bautista, TAMU def. Bondarenko/Tomas Patino, OSU 8-5

FINISH ORDER: Singles: 2,3,4 Doubles: 3,1,2

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the match:
“These are tough conditions today for everybody. Just survive and advance is the mentality right now. We didn’t
play our best tennis, but it is very difficult to do so in these conditions. We’re definitely going to have to step it
up and play better. We’re going to have to be aggressive and play the key points if we want to do well in this
tournament.”

On tomorrow’s match:
“Our guys have to be ready and compete hard. We have to come out and avoid simply trying to win. We need to
go out there and take it to them and if we do that I think we’ll be successful.”

James Wadley, Oklahoma State Head Coach
On the match:
“The doubles were really contested. We lost the tie-breaker at No.1 and we were 7-all at No.2. I thought we
played pretty well against their doubles team, but they were just a little too strong. In the singles they are
awfully strong. I thought we battled pretty well, but in the end A&M is just a better team.”

Match Notes:
Second seed Texas A&M advances to the semifinals (Saturday at 9:30 a.m.) to face winner of third-seeded Texas
and sixth-seeded Nebraska.

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