BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton picked up the 319th victory of his storied Aggieland career as A&M defeated Mississippi State, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Mitchell Tennis Center. In the evening match, A&M defeated Abilene Christian 7-0. went to 4-10 this spring.
Denton passed Aggie Hall of Famer David Kent on the all-time winning record, going 320-135 in his 16th season at the helm of the A&M program. Kent went 318-161 in 18 seasons at Bryan-College Station.
“God has truly blessed me and given me the opportunity to lead this program and it has been a privilege for me to lead the Aggies,” the head coach said. Steve Denton noted. “I’ve had so many good people to work with over the years, starting with Bill Byrne who trusted me, a Longhorn, to come here and run this program. We’ve had such good players and such good coaches here with me; Bob [McKinley]Rick [Warren]Shan [Vinsant] and Kevin [O’Shea]. It was so amazing to be a part of all those wins and I’m very grateful for that.”
The Aggies took a 1-0 lead against the Bulldogs after picking up doubles wins on courts one and three. A&M’s Raphael Perot and Julien Perego served a bagel, 6-0, to Alberto Colas and Carles Hernandez followed by a 6-2 victory by Noah Schachter and Kenner Taylor ahead of Florian Broska and Gregor Ramskogler to clinch the first point of the game.
In singles, A&M controlled the tempo of the game by winning four of the first six sets and converting all four into straight wins. Guido Marson choked Bautista Vilicich, 6-1, 6-0, on court four to double A&M’s lead. Perego followed with a 6-4, 6-0 win on court five over Ramskogler and the clincher was delivered by Luke Caspar6-3, 6-4 on court six against Colas.
With the tag team match decided, Schachter earned a career-high 6-2, 7-6(6) win over No. 25 Broska. Mississippi State took the final two courts to make the final score 5-2 in favor of A&M.
On the last drink, A&M made quick work of the doubles point, winning 6-0 on court one and 6-2 on court two. In singles, A&M found points in Perego, Stefan Stork, Mathis Bondaz, Pierre Rollins, Rahul Dhokia and austin abbrat.
The Aggies wrap up their 11-game home run with a double-header on Tuesday, March 15 against No. 2 Ohio State and Prairie View A&M. The Aggies and Panthers face off at noon followed by a 6 p.m. game with the Buckeyes.
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WHAT THEY SAY
Billy Pate, Princeton Head Coach, ITA Board Member
“I want to congratulate Coach Denton on becoming the all-time winningest coach in Aggie’s men’s tennis history. He was already a legendary figure in the world of tennis before his tenure as college coach. His unparalleled success at A&M adds to the wonderful legacy of national-caliber players and teams. What’s more telling is that Coach Denton took this well-deserved milestone with the highest degree of integrity and a tireless work ethic during his 16 years of leadership at College Station.
David Roditi, TCU Head Coach
“Congratulations to Coach Denton on becoming the winningest men’s tennis coach in Texas A&M history. We were privileged to compete against his teams and were instrumental in some of those wins. Steve and his sparring partners have been one of the best and most consistent programs over the past 15 years. Congratulations!”
Josh Goffi, South Carolina head coach
“Yet another major achievement for one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Congratulations to a great friend and mentor of mine for becoming the all-time winning leader at A&M. Keep it up Steve!”
TENNIS MATCH RESULTS
Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M
03/13/2022 at BCS, TX
(Mitchell Tennis Center)
Texas A&M 5, Mississippi State 2
1. Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. #25 Florian Broska (MS) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
2. #81 Nemanja Malesevic (MS) def. #98 Raphael Perot (TAMU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Carles Hernandez (MS) def. Mathis Ross (TAMU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Guido Marson (TAMU) def. Bautista Vilicich (MS) 6-1, 6-0
5. Julien Perego (TAMU) def. Gregor Ramskogler (MS) 6-4, 6-0
6. Luke Caspar (TAMU) def. Alberto Colas (MS) 6-3, 6-4
1. Noah Schachter/Kenner Taylor (TAMU) def. Florian Broska/Gregor Ramskogler (MS) 6-2
2. Mathis Ross/Stefan Stork (TAMU) v #65 Davide Tortora/Nemanja Malesevic (MS) 4-2, unfinished
3. Julien Perego/Raphael Perot (TAMU) def. Alberto Colas/Carles Hernandez (MS) 6-0
Mississippi State 11-6, 1-3
Texas A&M 12-6, 3-0
Finishing order: Doubles (3.1); Singles (4,5,6,1,3,2)
Results of tennis matches
Abilene Christian vs. Texas A&M
03/13/2022 at BCS, TX
(Mitchell Tennis Center)
Texas A&M 7, Abilene Christian 0
1. Julien Perego (TAMU) def. Daniel Morozov (UCA) 6-0, 6-1
2. Stefan Stork (TAMU) def. Dario Kmet (UCA) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
3. Mathis Bondaz (TAMU) def. Tyler Stewart (UCA) 6-2, 6-2
4. Pierre Rollins (TAMU) def. Savan Chhabra (ACU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Rahul Dhokia (TAMU) def. Cesar Barranquero (ACU) 6-1, 6-4
6. austin abbrat (TAMU) def. Oswaldo Cano (ACU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Kenner Taylor/Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Daniel Morozov/Dario Kmet (UCA) 6-0
2. austin abbrat/Stefan Stork (TAMU) def. Savan Chhabra/Jose Maria Rastrojo (ACU) 6-2
3. Julien Perego/Pierre Rollins (TAMU) v Riley Tran/Benjamin McDonald (ACU) 5-2, unfinished
Abilene Christian 4-10
Texas A&M 13-6
Finishing order: Doubles (1.2); Singles (1,6,5,3,2,4)