POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Marist men's tennis team (17-3) will face #12 overall seed Texas A&M (17-12) in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship, it was announced Tuesday. The Red Foxes will face the Aggies on Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
This is the Red Foxes' 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and fifth in the past six years. Marist enters the tournament having won 10 straight matches.
The Red Foxes defeated Fairfield 4-2 on Sunday to win the 2013 MAAC Championship and clinch their berth in the NCAA Tournament. Junior Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after he claimed the decisive point at first singles in a come-from-behind three-set thriller, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Texas A&M (17-12, 7-5 SEC) finished the regular season ranked first in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), falling to the Eastern Division champions Georgia in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. The Aggies are led by three players ranked in the top-100 in the ITA National Singles’ Rankings. Jeremy Efferding (#21) went 22-10 this season and was named to the All-SEC First Team. Shane Vinsant (#84) and Harrison Adams (#100) finished 25-11 and 21-11, respectively and were each named to the All-SEC Second Ream and All-Freshman Team.
The winner of the Marist-Texas A&M match will advance to the Second Round to play the winner of Texas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. That Second Round match will take place on Saturday, May 11, also in College Station.
Tickets are available for reserved and general admission seating at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Athletic Ticket Office can be reached at 1-888-99-AGGIE.
Covered Courtside/Stadium Club (All Session) $12
Covered Courtside/Stadium Club (Single Day) $7
GA Adult (Single Day) $5
GA Student/Youth (Single Day) $3
Marist Men's Tennis All-Time NCAA Tournament Destinations
1998 - University of Texas
2000 - Baylor University
2001 - Louisiana State University
2002 - Harvard University
2003 - University of Alabama
2008 - University of Mississippi
2009 - University of Florida
2010 - University of Southern California
2011 - University of California-Berkeley
2013 - Texas A&M