For the third straight time, the Texas A&M men’s team made a huge comeback, this time upsetting #13 Florida in Gainesville. This Aggies squad has shown some real resilience, which is key to building a team for May when it counts.
The Aggies have done this by relying on the two freshmen at the bottom of the lineup coming up big at key times. Not to say the upperclassmen haven’t contributed, but Vacherot and Habib are 5-1 in singles in these three matches, which can be tough for players just coming into college tennis. Of course Rinderknech and Arconada are 6-0 as well during this time.
The biggest surprise is that Texas A&M hasn’t won the doubles point in any of these matches. They are a shocking 2-7 in capturing the doubles point (only won vs. Texas Tech and UT-RGV), which has always been a strong suit in College Station.
The Aggies have another big match tomorrow morning against South Carolina. I am guessing they come out a little stronger and complete a road sweep for the weekend. Put me in the camp that isn’t convinced of the Gamecocks ranking right now.
This quick start to the SEC schedule hopefully gives them some confidence. Looking down the road next week, the Aggies host Vandy and Kentucky. By the way, I really like the Aggies’ schedule. Now that they are gaining some steam, they have some great matches on the horizon. They host Ohio State and travel to TCU, in addition to the rest of their SEC schedule. As long as they keep improving, the should be in a solid position to host a first round.
Speaking of TCU, the Horned Frogs are now at full strength and looking to make some noise. TCU still lacks any depth whatsoever and really has struggled at the bottom of the lineup this season. They are 3-2 at line 5 and an unreal 0-6 at line 6, across all dual matches this spring.
This is going to put a ton of pressure on Rybakov and Norrie, but they are two of the best players in college tennis. Where it is rally going to heat up is at three and four with Nunez and Lopez. If TCU loses the doubles point, these guys essentially HAVE to win.