Top-ranked Virginia allows one point in victory against No. 11 Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Top-ranked Virginia improved to 9-0 this season with a 6-1 victory against No. 11 Texas A&M on Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center. It was the Cavaliers’ sixth win this season against teams ranked in the top 20 while winning their second match of their four-match roadtrip. The Aggies, who suffered their first home loss of the season, fell to 12-6 overall.
Virginia took an early 1-0 lead in the match by winning the doubles point. At No. 2, Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank, ranked No. 46 nationally, posted their biggest win as a duo, cruising to an 8-3 win against 13th-ranked Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant. In a battle of two top-15 teams at No. 1, second-ranked Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger edged No. 15 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow 9-7 to give the Cavaliers the opening point.
In singles, the Cavaliers gained control of the match by winning four of the six first sets. Justin Shane was first off the courts, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win against Niall Angus at No. 6. His younger brother, Ryan, followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Adams at the No. 3 position. Seconds later the Cavalier win was clinched as Jenkins finished a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles and Frank’s 6-2, 6-1 victory against Vinsant at No. 4 singles extended the advantage to 5-0.
The Aggies got on the scoreboard at No. 2 singles where Jeremy Efferding upset Domijan, the nation’s top-ranked player 6-3, 7-6(4). It snapped Domijan’s eight-match win streak and was just his second loss of the season. In the final match on the courts, Styslinger rallied after dropping the first set for a 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4 win against Jordan Szabo at the No. 5 spot to make the final score 6-1.