The fifth-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team edged Auburn 4-3 on Sunday at the Mitchell Tennis Center, claiming the program’s first outright Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.
The Aggies (20-4, 12-0) went undefeated in conference play for the first time since 2001 in the Big 12.
A&M won the doubles point over the Tigers (12-17, 1-11) as Juan Carlos Aguilar and Arthur Rinderknech cruised to a 6-1 win on Court 1 before Jordi Arconada and Kevin Lam clinched with a 6-3 victory at the No. 3 line.
The Aggies quickly won the first three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the victory. No. 41 Arconada beat Olle Thestrup 6-2, 6-2 on Court 3, improving to 11-1 in the SEC this season and 21-1 over the past two. Moments later on the No. 2 line, 10th-ranked Rinderknech made it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Matteo De Vincentis, improving to 10-2 in the SEC and 19-3 overall this season.
Freshman Patrick Kypson, ranked No. 6, then sealed it with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Edward Nguyen on the top line. After the match was decided, the Tigers picked up three singles wins.
“We wanted to be a little bit greedy out there today,” A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We had to take care of business to make sure that we did not share the trophy with anyone. It is a great achievement to win the SEC and to win it outright is a great honor and shows that we put in all the hard work this year to win. Saying that, we know that the season is just beginning for us. We want to put on a good showing at the SEC tournament and then see how we stack up against the best teams in the country in the NCAAs.”
A&M will be the top seed in the SEC tournament, which will be held April 25-29 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Aggies receive a double bye and will begin play April 27 in the quarterfinals.