Men’s tennis with two Sunday victories

Nr. 29 Auburn swept a home court for men’s tennis on Sunday, defeating No. 24 Texas A&M with a 4-2 score and then Alabama defeated A&M 7-0 in the night cap.

“This was our first Top 25 win of the season and our boys deserve it,” Auburn head coach Bobby Reynolds said about the victory over No. 24 Aggies. “And it was great to have everyone in the line between the two matches.

“The Texas A&M victory was a response from last Friday’s match where we were disappointed in the match. On Friday, when things got tough, our emotions dropped.

“I’m so proud today of our boys, their fight in general. They had to fight their way through the first set in three tiebreakers, and Jan fought with beaks and claws. When our boys fight for every opportunity, our team is better and they “Find more opportunities. The team that keeps fighting is usually more successful, and we did that today.”

Doubles gave the Tigers a huge boost in the beginning. Jan Galka and Tyler Stice wasted no time sending a 6-3 win to Auburn over Pierce Rollins and Giulio Perego, but after the Aggies claimed lane three with a 6-4 score, the focus shifted to doubles to lane 1, where Auburns Tad Maclean and Find Murgett came from behind to force a tiebreaker.

Murgett and Maclean brought that momentum into a 7-5 tiebreaker advantage over Noah Schachter and Kenner Taylor, taking their match 7-6 and capturing double points for Auburn for the time in the spring.

In the single, the Tigers took the first four sets, three of them with tiebreakers. Freshman Will Nolan scored first in singles for Auburn, with a 7-6 (0), 6-3 victory over Pierce Rollins, but victories on lanes four and two for the Aggies equalized the team to 2-2.

Playing on lane 1, Tyler Sticewho had won his first set of tiebreaker 10-8, also took the second set from Noah Schachter No. 56 with a 6-3 mark, and then Find Murgettwho played on lane six, posted a three-set victory over Luke Casper with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 score to clear the game for the Tigers.

Against Alabama A&M, the Tigers had some changes from their usual lineup, but the result was the same in doubles. Maxwell Giddens and Josh Raab posted a 6-1 victory on lane three, and then Raul Dobai and Jackson Ross took points with a 6-2 win on lane two.

In singles, the Tigers got victories from Jackson Ross on lane three, Maxwell Giddens on lane six and the match clincher from Jan Galka on lane one. Josh Raab, Spencer Gray and Will Nolan posted victories after the team match was settled.

Auburn is 17-5 for the spring season, 5-3 in SEC games and ranked No. 29 in the latest ITA team ratings and No. 25 in the Tennis Channel / USTA Top 25. No. 24 Texas A&M is now 18-10 overall and 5-3 in SEC action. Alabama A&M is 3-12 for the spring season.

The Tigers end the home leg of the regular season next weekend, hosting No. 10 in South Carolina on Friday at 6 p.m. 15.00 and celebrates Senior Day for Tad Maclean Sunday with a couple of games against No. 1 Florida at noon and against Samford at. 17.00

Al Auburn home tennis is at the Yarbrough Tennis Center (1717 Richland Road, Auburn) and admission is free.

# 29 Auburn 4, # 24 Texas A&M 2

# 91 Tyler Stice (AU) def. # 56 Noah Schachter (TAMU) 7-6 (8), 6-3
Raphael Perot (TAMU) def. # 115 Jan Galka (AU) 6-4, 6-4
# 111 Tad Maclean (AU) vs. Guido Marson (TAMU) 7-6 (2), 5-4 unfinished
Giulio Perego (TAMU) def. Raul Dobai (AU) 6-3, 6-4

Will Nolan (AU) def. Pierce Rollins (TAMU) 7-6 (0), 6-3

Find Murgett (AU) def. Luke Casper (TAMU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

# 60 Murgett / Maclean (AU) def. Kenner Taylor / Schachter (TAMU) 7-6 (7-5)
Galka / Stice (AU) def. Rollins / Perego (TAMU) 6-3
Stefan Storch / Austin Abbrat (TAMU) def. Dobai /Jackson Ross (AU) 6-4

Match time: 2:45; Finishing order: Double: 2,3,1; Singles: 4,5,2,

# 29 Auburn 7Alabama A&M 0

# 115 Jan Galka (AU) def. Rodrigo Arana Rios (AAMU) 6-3, 6-1

Will Nolan (AU) def. Natiphat Mulada (AAMU) 6-0, 7-6 (3)

Jackson Ross (AU) def. Divesh Gahlot (AAMU) 6-1, 6-1

Spencer Gray (AU) def. Torres Ramis (AAMU) 6-1, 6-4

Josh Raab (AU) def. Freddie Lawrence (AAMU) 6-3, 6-2

Maxwell Giddens (AU) def. Cheng Chang Yang (AAMU) 6-0, 6-2


Find Murgett/Will Nolan (AU) vs. Gahlot / Vence Ntcha (AAMU) 5-2 unfinished

Raul Dobai/Jackson Ross (AU) def. Arana Ross / Cheng Chang (AAMU) 6-2

Maxwell Giddens/Josh Raab (AU) def. Lawrence / German Ruiz Crespo (AAMU) 6-1

Match time: 2:10; Finishing order: Double: 3.2; Singles: 3,6,1,5,4,2

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