Men’s Tennis Tops San Diego, 4-1

COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M senior Jeremy Efferding continued his hot start as part of the clinching doubles point tandem and his straight sets 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles to lead the No. 10 Texas A&M men’s tennis team to a 4-1 victory over No. 33 San Diego before a crowd of 206 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

Texas A&M evens its record at 1-1 while USD falls to 0-2 in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

“This was important for us to get back on the courts and to get a victory,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “The guys rebounded well. We’ve learned a lot this first weekend and we have lots of opportunities down the road. We need to work hard to improve but it’s good for the young guys to taste victory and record their first collegiate win.”

Efferding won all four matches, two doubles and two singles, this weekend.

“Jeremy is playing well and he understands we have three No. 1 players on this squad,” Denton added. “He dominated play this weekend as you would expect a senior to do.”

The Aggies, ranked No. 10 in the pre-season, got on the board first by virtue of winning the doubles point with the No. 3 team of A.J. Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech defeating the USD duo of Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek, 6-2. The doubles point was clinched at the No. 2 doubles where Efferding and Jordan Szabo defeated the USD tandem of Ciaran Fitzgerald and Uros Petronijevic, 6-4.

USD would tie the match at one with the first singles match at No. 1 going to Petronijevic, a 6-4, 6-1, winner over A&M’s Harrison Adams.

The Aggies would go back ahead with Efferding taking the 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles over USD’s Romain Kalaydjian.

A&M would advance to 3-1 with freshman Catanzariti posting a 6-4, 6-2 win over Fitzgerald at No. 5 singles.

Another Aggie freshman would clinch the match with Rinderknech winning, 6-4, 6-4 over Angus.

No. 10 Texas A&M Men defeat No. 33 San Diego, 4-1

Texas A&M (1-1) San Diego (0-2)

Singles

No 1 – No. 53 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. No. 29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1

No 2 – No. 45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. No. 70 Filip Vittek (USD) 3-6, 6-1, 3-0unfinished

No 3 – No. 96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-1, 6-1

*No 4 – Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Jordan Angus (USD) 6-4, 6-4

No 5 – A.J. Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 6-4, 6-2

No 6 – Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-3, 3-6 unfinished

 

Doubles

No 1 – No. 25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-6 unfinished

No 2—No. 18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Uros Petronijevic (USD) 6-4

No 3 –A.J. Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Geoffrey Fosso/Romain Kalaydijan (USD) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,3,5,4)

*clinched the match

Att. 206

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Texas A&M Falls to TCU, 4-2

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 11th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team came up short in its quest to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, falling to No. 41 TCU, 4-2, in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship match today at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies, who had advanced to the national indoor championship each of the last two years, drop to 1-1. TCU, 3-0, ends a four-match losing streak against A&M and earns a berth to the championship, to be played Feb. 6-9, in Charlottesville, Va.

Texas A&M won two of three doubles matches to take the early lead, but the match came down to singles, where five of the six matches went to a third set. TCU won four of the five matches to be completed to get the victory, handing A&M its first home loss after winning the doubles point since Howard Joffe became head coach of the Aggies in 2012.

TCU’s duo of Palina Dubavets and Alexia Pereira gave the Horned Frogs the early edge in doubles with a 6-4 victory over Stefania Hristov and Anna Mamalat at the No. 3 line. A&M’s 30th-ranked tandem of Ines Deheza and Rachel Pierson then evened the race for the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 1, winning three consecutive games to close out the match.

A&M’s Rutuja Bhosale and Saska Gavrilovska had gotten off to a slow start against Sofia Kadzhaya and Simona Parajova, trailing the Frogs 4-1 before reeling off five straight games to win the match and clinch the point for the Aggies.

In the only two-set singles match, Kadzhaya knotted the team score at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Deheza at the No. 3 line. TCU then took the lead as Parajova finished off 56th-ranked Pierson, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2.

TCU went up, 3-1, as Tan upset 29th-ranked Gavrilovska, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at the No. 1 court. Hristov kept the Aggies in the hunt with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 grueling victory over Pereira at No. 5 before Arantekin capped the victory for the Frogs with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over Mamalat at No. 6.

Bhosale and Dubavets were tied at 3-3 in the third set at No. 4, with Dubavets winning the first set, 6-4, and Bhosale winning the second set, 7-6, after pulling away for a 7-5 win in the tiebreaker.

In the consolation match of the four-team pod, No. 35 Houston defeated No. 70 North Texas, 4-2.

Next up for A&M is a meeting against No. 3 North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club in Houston. First serve is slated for noon.

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Texas A&M head Coach Howard Joffe quotes:

On what he learned from today’s match…

“More than anything, the loss is obviously very disappointing and yet our team, I felt like we didn’t perform very well at any of the spots and yet our kids handled themselves so well. So in reference to the question what did I learn: we’ve got a really tough team. I know it’s the old coaching maxim, which is it’s early in the season, so I’m going to play the early-in-the-season card. But I really think that as time goes on, this team will be a very, very excellent team. They handled themselves well. They played way below any reasonable expectation and were still sort of in the match until the very last ball. More than anything, I learned that we’ve got some good character on the team. But I do feel like competitively we are not there yet, there is no question about that.”

On if he was disappointed on the level of play both days…

“For me to maybe say I am disappointed, competitively I am disappointed but in relationship to what we can expect, we have a lot of players coming off…Ines [Deheza] hurt her knee again last week. We’ve had our No. 1, 2 and 3 player a little bit banged up, and they haven’t gotten enough tennis with the weather being what it’s been. All of these are suitable excuses and yet they are true. We haven’t had as much tennis. And so I know that each individual kid can and will get better as the season goes. So competitively it’s disappointing, but I don’t expect Ines to be much further along at this stage in the game, but in a month’s time, it will be a different story for sure.”

On if frustration was setting in…

“I think maybe one thing in some of the matches, five of the six matches went to a third set and I think we won one of them. And so, I think it speaks to not getting enough matches, and we did, we weakened, whether it was physically or mentally, in quite a few of those third sets. But I don’t think that’s necessarily a fundamental problem of our kids as much as it is we need to get out of the office a little bit more, get a little better conditioned. And obviously we need more of these matches. Again, very disappointing and yet this was like an excellent match for us, because it’s going to put a little good mileage on us competitively.”

On the veteran Stefania Hristov’s win…

I’ve got to give the kid [Alexis Pereira] from TCU a lot of credit because Stefania was on her and up, and then Stefania made a charge in the second set and the TCU kid hung in there the whole way. So Stefania is a stalwart and a backstopper so to speak, and it’s so encouraging to see her. She would be the one person whose level has not dropped off at all.”

On losing the match after winning the doubles point…

“I’m not even sure about this but I don’t know that we have won the doubles point and then lost the match [at home] since I have been the coach here. So it’s disappointing, but based on knowing where our kids are at, it’s not surprising. But the other thing that hasn’t been asked: TCU is a very good team. There is no question about it. You saw their six ladies and three doubles teams fighting their tails off and playing good tennis and being highly motivated. They are definitely a team that’s under ranked, and yet it’s still a disappointing loss for us.”

On Eva Paalma not playing singles today after easily winning her match yesterday…

“Bad coaching. I think we have in my estimation up and down the line very even players. If you look at our results, the records are very similar and so forth, and so we had just planned to have Eva play the sixth [court] yesterday and Anna [Mamalat] play it today, the rationale being that Anna’s a bit of a seasoned veteran, and we knew this match was going to be hairy. In hindsight, maybe Eva would have whacked the girl at six, who knows.”

 

#41 TCU 4, #11 Texas A&M 2
ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Championship Match
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
January 25, 2015

Singles
1.     Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. #29 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
2.     Simona Parajova (TCU) def. #56 Rachel Pierson (TAMU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
3.     Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) def. Ines Deheza (TAMU), 6-4, 6-4
4.     Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) vs. Palina Dubavets (TCU), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 3-3 unfinished
5.     Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
6.     Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Doubles (Texas A&M wins the point)
1.     #30 Deheza/Pierson (TAMU) def. Arantekin/Tan (TCU), 6-3
2.     Bhosale/Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Kadzhaya/Parajova (TCU), 6-4
3.     Dubavets/Pereira (TCU) def. Hristov/Anna Mamalat (TAMU), 6-4

Order of finish
Doubles:  3, 1, 2
Singles: 3, 2, 1, 5, 6

Team records
Texas A&M: 1-1
TCU: 3-0

 

#35 Houston 4, #70 North Texas 2
ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Consolation Match
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
January 25, 2015

Singles
1.     #21 Despoina Vogasari (UH) def. Kseniya Bardabush (UNT), 1-6, 6-0, 6-1
2.     #52 Elena Kordolaimi (UH) def. Anastasiya Shestakova (UNT), 7-5, 6-2
3.     Alexis Thoma (UNT) def. Rocio Martin (UH), 6-3, 6-2
4.     Mina Markovic (UH) def. Agustina Valenzuela (UNT), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
5.     Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Maria Cardenas (UH) , 6-0, 6-3
6.     Charlotte Phillips (UH) vs. Ana Sofia Cordero (UNT), 7-5, 2-6, 4-5 unfinished

Doubles (UH wins the point)
1.     Markovic/Vogasari (UH) def. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer (UNT), 6-4
2.     Kordolaimi/Martin (UH) def. Shestakova/Thoma (UNT), 6-3
3.     Cordero/Valenzuela (UNT) def. Cardenas/Phillips (UH), 6-1

Order of finish:
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 5, 1, 3, 2, 4

Team Records:
Houston: 2-2
North Texas: 0-3

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No. 4 Aggies Take Down Tigers on Senior Day

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 4-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team rolled to a 166-128 dual meet victory over the LSU Tigers on Senior Day at the Student Recreation Natatorium on Saturday. 

With the victory, the Aggies improved to 9-0 in dual meets and wrapped up its second straight undefeated dual meet season. The win in the Aggies’ final swimming tune-up before the 2015 Southeastern Conference Championships also improved the Aggies’ unbeaten streak to 22 consecutive dual meets.

As one would expect on Senior Day, the seniors led the way against Tigers. Sarah Henry posted a pair of victories with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:47.93) and the 500 freestyle (4:49.25), while Sammie Bosma swept the 50 free (22.84) and the 100 free (49.80). Bosma also had a remarkable anchor leg on the 400 medley relay. The senior hit the water trailing by over a second but threw down a 48.97 split to reel in the Tigers for the win.

“What a great way for the seniors to go out,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “It seems like we were just recruiting them and now they just swam their final home meet. They’re a great group of young people and I’m very proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.”

Sophomore Sycerika McMahon posted a trio of individual victories and also swam the breaststroke leg on the medley relay. McMahon won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.05), the 200 breaststroke (2:12.34) and the 200 IM (2:00.13), and contributed a 1:01.27 split on the medley relay.

Also tallying individual victories were junior Colleen Konetzke in the 1,000 free (10:02.55), freshman Beryl Gastaldello in the 100 backstroke (54.14) and freshman Lisa Bratton in the 200 backstroke (1:58.35).

The Aggies swept the relays with the 400 medley relay of junior Claire Brandt, McMahon, Gastaldello and Bosma touching first in 3:39.70 and the 200 free foursome of senior Kelli Benjamin, senior Liliana Ibanez, senior Emily Neubert and Gastaldello hitting the wall in 1:33.33.

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Men’s Hoops Takes Down Tennessee For Fourth Straight Win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jalen Jones scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds Saturday as Texas A&M outlasted Tennessee 67-61 for its fourth straight victory.

All four wins have come in Southeastern Conference competition, giving the Aggies (13-5, 4-2 SEC) their longest conference winning streak since moving from the Big 12 to the SEC in 2012.

Tennessee (12-6, 4-2) had cut a 17-point, second-half deficit down to five when Volunteers guard Kevin Punter missed a driving layup attempt with 1:13 remaining. Texas A&M went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Danuel House scored 15 points and Alex Caruso added 13 for Texas A&M.

Punter scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Robert Hubbs each added 12 for Tennessee, which lost for just the second time in its last 10 games. Punter shot 5 of 9 for his 17 points, but his teammates went a combined 15 of 43.

Although this marked only the fourth time Tennessee has faced Texas A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC — they’ve met nine times overall — all of their previous matchups as conference rivals had proved memorable.

Tennessee won 93-85 at Texas A&M two seasons ago in the longest game in Vols history. Texas A&M swept both meetings last season with a 57-56 victory in Knoxville and a 68-65 overtime triumph at College Station.

This one wasn’t quite as suspenseful, but Tennessee did make it interesting in the final minutes.

Texas A&M had rallied from a halftime deficit in each of its last three wins, but the Aggies actually led 25-23 at the intermission after holding Tennessee to its lowest first-half point total of the season.

The Aggies opened the second half on a 20-5 run to grab a 17-point edge. Texas A&M continued stifling Tennessee’s offense while also taking command of the glass to create numerous second-chance opportunities.

Texas A&M outrebounded Tennessee 34-27 and outscored the Vols 30-10 in points in the paint. Tennessee had more 3-point shots (29) than two-point attempts (23).

Tennessee heated up down the stretch as it attempted to creep back into the game, but it couldn’t come all the way back.

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No. 10 Women’s Basketball Falls at No. 22 Georgia, 54-51

ATHENS, Ga.- No. 10 Texas A&M fell 54-51 to No. 22 Georgia in a women’s basketball game at Stegeman Coliseum Thursday.

Courtney Walker was one of three Aggies in double figures, with a team-high 12 points. Jordan Jones and Courtney Williams both had 11 points to join Walker in double figures.

Holding a 9-8 lead in the first half, Georgia (17-4, 4-2 SEC) went on an 8-0 run that gave the Lady Bulldogs a 17-8 lead with 7:32 left in the first half. Texas A&M (16-4, 4-2 SEC) responded with a 6-0 run of their own, but trailed at halftime, 27-21.

The Aggies whittled away the lead in the second half, eventually tying the game at 37 on a Jordan Jones 3-pointer with 9:47 to play. Tori Scott hit another clutch 3-pointer, giving A&M its first lead with 8:18 left in the second half. However, Georgia’s Tiara Griffin expanded the Lady Bulldog lead to five with 1:38 remaining.

Courtney Williams hit a long two with 18 seconds remaining to bring the Aggies back within one, but Georgia hit their free throws on the other end and A&M’s final 3-point shot to tie fell short.

The Aggies now head to No. 1 South Carolina on Monday, January 26 at 6 p.m. for a Big Monday clash on ESPN2. The women return to Reed Arena on February 1 at 2 p.m. to host Auburn.


Postgame Notes

    •This is Georgia’s 18th straight win at home. Texas A&M was the last team to beat Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum, on Jan. 12, 2014.
    •This was the second game this season the Aggies did not attempt a free throw in the first half. The Aggies did not attempt a free throw in the first half in the win against LSU.
    •Jordan Jones scored 10+ points for the 10th time this season and the 18th time in her career.
    •Courtney Walker had 10+ points for the 16th time this season and 64th time in her career.
    •Courtney Williams scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and 45th time in her career.
    •Gary Blair is 688-276 in his career and 280-113 at Texas A&M. With Cindy Russo’s retirement at FIU earlier today, Blair is now ninth among active D-I coaches in wins.
    •The Aggies are now 16-4 on the season and 4-2 in SEC play. The Lady Bulldogs are 17-4 on the season and 4-2 in SEC play.

 

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No. 10 Aggies Head to No. 22 Georgia Tonight on Zone 1150

Game 20 • SEC Game 6 • Thursday, January 22, 2015 • 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET
No. 10 AP / No. 10 Coaches’ Texas A&M Aggies (16-3, 4-1 SEC) at
No. 22 AP / No. 19 Coaches’ Georgia Lady Bulldogs (16-3, 3-2 SEC)
Athens, Ga. • Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Television: SEC Network Plus (Matt Stewart)
Radio: Texas A&M SN/KZNE 1150 (Bret Dark, Steve Miller)

No. 10 Texas A&M travels to No. 22 Georgia for an SEC women’s basketball matchup on Thursday, January 22 at 6 p.m. CT.

The game is only available on SEC Network Plus, which is available on computers, tablets, mobile phones, and other streaming devices. Veteran SEC announcer Matt Stewart and former all-SEC volleyball player Brittany Northcutt will be on the call.

Listeners can tune into the Texas A&M Sports Network, which is carried on KZNE 1150 AM in Bryan-College Station, and on the Radio Aggieland app, as Bret Dark and Steve Miller call the action.

A&M has won five of their last six games, and have come back from halftime deficits in their last four wins. The Aggies feature the SEC’s co-leading scorer in league games, Courtney Williams, the SEC’s leading rebounder in league games, Achiri Ade, and the SEC’s assist leader in league games, Jordan Jones. Texas A&M is the only Power Five school to have the conference’s leader or co-leader in points, rebounds and assists in league games.

The Aggies are looking for their third victory over a Top 25 team this season, after previously beating then-No. 18 DePaul and then-No. 8 Duke.

Georgia started the season 12-0 before dropping a pair of games at Seton Hall and Mississippi State. The Lady Bulldogs have won four of five since, with their only loss coming at Ole Miss in that span. Shacobia Barbee leads Georgia with 12.4 points per game.

The Aggies are 4-0 all-time against the Lady Bulldogs, having won all three previous SEC games, and a matchup in the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16, as the Aggies would go on to win the national title.

After this game, the Aggies head to Columbia, S.C. to take on No. 1 South Carolina on ESPN2’s Big Monday. A&M returns to Reed Arena on Feb. 1 to host Auburn at 2 p.m.

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Football Announces Seven Early Enrollees

COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin announced seven Aggie football players have enrolled for the spring semester at Texas A&M.

“We are very pleased these seven young men were able to enroll in January and join our team.” Coach Sumlin said. “We are excited to have this group of guys get a jump on getting acclimated to school and learning our system as well as the chance to work with Coach Larry Jackson in the weight room.”

The Aggies are adding four offensive players to go along with three defenders. Three are junior college transfers and four are freshmen. Two of the junior college players will have three years of eligibility remaining.

TEXAS A&M JANUARY FOOTBALL ENROLLEES

 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (HS/JC)
Davis, Jordan TE 6-4 255 Fr. Clear Lake, TX (Clear Lake)
Evans, Justin DB 6-1 195 So. Wiggins, MS (Stone/Gulf Coast (MS) CC)
George, Claude LB 6-2 235 Jr. Lafayette, LA (Acadiana/Hutchinson (KS)
Kirk, Christian WR 5-11 190 Fr. Scottsdale, AZ (Saguaro)
Moore, Richard LB 6-0 205 Fr. Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill)
Ratley, Damion WR 6-1 190 So. Yoakum, TX (Yoakum/Blinn JC)
Sutherland, Keaton OL 6-5 290 Fr. Flower Mound, TX (Marcus)

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Aggie Men Enter CSCAA Poll at No. 16

The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team debuted at No. 16 in latest edition of the College Swim Coaches Association of America Div. I Team Poll, which was released on Thursday.

The Aggies will get a chance to show off their new national ranking when both Texas A&M squads host LSU on Senior Day on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Aggies improved to 5-3 in dual meets with a 132-104 win over SMU last Saturday in the team’s most recent action. Texas A&M was one of seven teams from the Southeastern Conference in the CSCAA top 25.

CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of January, 22 2014

1. Texas

2. Georgia

3. California

4. Louisville

5. Michigan

6. Auburn

7. Florida

8. North Carolina State

9. Indiana

10. Stanford

11. Tennessee

12. Ohio State

13. Missouri

14. Arizona

15. Virginia Tech

16. Texas A&M

17. Wisconsin

18. Southern California

19. Iowa

20. North Carolina

21. Utah

22. Florida State

23. Minnesota

24. Alabama

25. Harvard

Also receiving votes: Georgia Tech, Penn State, Virginia, Yale

Underline – Denotes Southeastern Conference team

CSCAA NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Team Poll Committee

Chair: Bill Roberts, United States Naval Academy; Chad Craddock, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Braden Holloway/Gary Taylor, North Carolina State University; Jeff Commings, Swimming World Magazine; McGee Moody, University of South Carolina; Vic Riggs, West Virginia University; Dan Ross, Purdue University; Brian Schrader, University of Denver; Dorsey Tierney-Walker, Arizona State University

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Moorehead Joins Aggies as Wide Receivers Coach

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Former NFL Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Aaron Moorehead has joined the Texas A&M football staff and will coach the wide receivers, Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin announced.

Moorehead, who played five seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, comes to Texas A&M after serving a two-year stint as Frank Beamer’s wide receiver coach at Virginia Tech and working on David Shaw’s offensive staff at Stanford for two years and under Jim Harbaugh with the Cardinal for one year. During the last five seasons, Moorehead has helped coach five teams to bowl games, including the Rose, Fiesta and Orange Bowls.

Under Moorehead’s guidance, Virginia Tech had three wide receivers with 40 or more catches in the same season for the first time in program history in 2013, including Willie Byrn’s 51 catches which ranked in a tie for fifth-most in school history. A year later, Moorehead’s receiving corps did it again with freshman Isaiah Ford leading the way with 56 catches, which ranked No. 3 in school history.  Ford received all-conference mention after setting Virginia Tech freshman records for catches and receiving yards (709).

At Stanford, Moorehead worked with the wide receivers, helping coach a team to three-straight BCS games, including wins in the Orange and Rose Bowls. Under his tutelage, the duo of Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen combined for 99 catches for 1,296 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010, leading to NFL roster spots for both. Additionally, Chris Owusu was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 following his senior season at Stanford and Griff Whalen transitioned from a successful collegiate career at Stanford under Moorehead to an NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts.

Prior to his time at Stanford, he spent the 2009 season as a graduate assistant coach at the University of New Mexico, where he worked with the wide receivers.

Following his collegiate career at Illinois, Moorehead spent five seasons (2003-07) in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLI when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears. In five seasons with the Colts, Moorehead appeared in 36 games, including one start, catching 31 passes for 330 yards and one touchdown. Moorehead’s father, Emery, played 12 seasons (1977-88) in the NFL with the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears and was part of the Bears Super Bowl-winning team following the 1985 season. The Mooreheads are the only father-son combination to play in, and win a Super Bowl.

A four-year letterwinner at Illinois from 1999-2002, Moorehead caught 85 passes for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. He helped lead the Illini to the 2001 Big Ten Championship and a berth in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2003.

A native of Deerfield, Ill., Moorehead attended Deerfield High School where he participated in football, baseball and track, finishing fourth in the state 110-meter high hurdles as a senior.

Terms of Moorehead’s contract are pending approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at a future meeting.

The Moorehead File

Personal

Born: Born: 11/5/80, Aurora, Colo.

Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.

Education

High School: Deerfield High School

College: B.S. in Sports Management, University of Illinois (2003)

Playing Experience

Illinois (1999-2002)

Coaching Experience

2015-        Texas A&M (wide receivers)

2013-14    Virginia Tech (wide receivers)

2010-12    Stanford (offensive assistant for wide receivers)

2009          New Mexico (wide receivers)

Bowl/NFL Playoff Experience

Player

1999          MicronPC (Illinois vs. Virginia)

2001          Sugar (Illinois vs. LSU)

2003          NFL Playoffs (AFC championship)

2004          NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals)

2005          NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals)

2006          Super Bowl XLI (Indianapolis vs. Chicago)

2007          NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals)

Coach

2010          Orange (Stanford vs. Virginia Tech)

2011          Fiesta (Stanford vs. Oklahoma State)

2012          Rose (Stanford vs. Wisconsin)

2013          Sun (vs. UCLA)

2014          Military (vs. Cincinnati)

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A&M Men’s Hoops Win Three In A Row In SEC

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Texas A&M overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Missouri 62-50 on Wednesday night.

The Aggies were led by Jalen Jones and Danuel House with 16 points each, while Wes Clark paced the Tigers with a game-high 18.

The Aggies (12-5, 3-2 SEC) held a wide rebounding advantage over the Tigers (7-11, 1-4) at 37-24, and shot 15 of 20 (75 percent) from the free-throw line. A&M entered the contest making 64 percent from the line.

Jones and House, two 6-foot-7 transfers who lead A&M in scoring, each tallied only four points in the first half. But the duo came alive in the second half, in combining for 24 points in helping A&M overcome a 31-24 deficit at the break.

The Aggies have won three consecutive SEC games following an 0-2 start in conference action. The Tigers have dropped four consecutive league contests after defeating LSU in overtime in their SEC opener.

Walker Named To Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 20

LOS ANGELES—Texas A&M junior guard Courtney Walker was named to the John R. Wooden Award’s Women’s Midseason Top 20 today, a list comprised of 20 student-athletes who are the front-runners for the Wooden Award, awarded to the top player in women’s college basketball, at roughly the halfway point of the 2014-15 season. The list is chosen by a poll of national college women’s college basketball media members.

Walker leads the Aggies with 14.7 points per game, which ranks fourth in the SEC, and averages 19.5 points per game against the AP Top 25. Walker, an All-American in 2013-14, was named SEC Player of Week on Nov. 17 after helping the Aggies to a season-opening win with 25 points at No. 18 DePaul.

Players not chosen to the preseason team are eligible for both the midseason team and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.

John R. Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 20

Name – Ht. – Yr. – Pos. – School – Conference

Jillian Alleyne – 6-3 – JR – F – Oregon – Pac-12

Brittany Boyd – 5-9 – SR – G – California – Pac-12

Crystal Bradford – 6-0 – SR – G – Central Michigan – MAC

Nina Davis – 5-11 – SO – F – Baylor – Big 12

Nneka Enemkpali – 6-1 – SR – F – Texas – Big 12

Alisha Gray – 6-0 – SO – G – North Carolina – ACC

Reshanda Gray – 6-3 – SR – F – California – Pac-12

Dearica Hamby – 6-3 – SR – F – Wake Forest – ACC

Isabelle Harrison – 6-3 – SR – C – Tennessee – SEC

Bria Holmes – 6-1 – JR – G – West Virginia – Big 12

Samantha Logic – 5-9 – SR – G – Iowa – Big Ten

Jewell Loyd – 5-10 – JR – G – Notre Dame – ACC

Tiffany Mitchell – 5-9 – JR – G – South Carolina – SEC

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis – 5-11 – SR – F – Connecticut – The American

Amber Orrange – 5-7 – SR – G – Stanford – Pac-12

Kelsey Plum – 5-8 – SO – G – Washington – Pac-12

Breanna Stewart* – 6-4 – JR – F – Connecticut – The American

Courtney Walker – 5-8 – JR – G – Texas A&M – SEC

Elizabeth Williams – 6-3 – SR – C/F – Duke – ACC

A’ja Wilson – 6-5 – FR – G/F – South Carolina – SEC

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Outfielder Colby Rasmus Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) _ Outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

The deal was announced Tuesday, a day after Houston dealt last year’s starting center fielder, Dexter Fowler, to the Chicago Cubs.

The 28-year-old Rasmus started 80 games in center field for the Toronto Blue Jays last season and has played both right and left field in his six-year big league career. He batted .225 with 18 homers and 40 RBIs last season after hitting 22 home runs with 66 RBIs in 2013.

A first-round pick by the St. Louis in the 2005 amateur draft, Rasmus hit 23 homers in 2010 with the Cardinals and 2012 with Toronto.

Catcher Carlos Corporan was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.

Rangers Obtain Pitcher Gonzalez Germen from Yankees for cash

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The New York Yankees have traded pitcher Gonzalez Germen to the Texas Rangers for cash, a month after acquiring him from the New York Mets.

The 27-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and no record in 25 relief appearances for the Mets last year, when he was sidelined for a month because of a virus and abscess. He was 1-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 54 games with the Mets over the past two seasons.

He was designated for assignment by the Mets on Dec. 15 and obtained by the Yankees four days later for cash. The Yankees designated him for assignment on Jan. 13.

The trade was announced Tuesday.

Texas Forward Enemkpali Lost for Season With Torn ACL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Texas standout senior forward Nneka Enemkpali will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in her left knee during a loss at Baylor.

The injury is a significant blow for the No. 8 Longhorns, who have lost three of their last four games after rising as high as No. 3 with a 13-0 start. The 6-foot-1 Enemkpali leads the Longhorns in scoring, averaging 12.4 points, and was the top rebounder in the Big 12 at 10.6 per game.

Texas recently welcomed back guard Ariel Atkins and Brianna Taylor from injury and appeared to be rounding back into shape before Enemkpali was injured in the first half of a 75-58 loss at Baylor.

Texas (14-3, 3-3 Big 12) hosts Iowa State on Saturday.

SEC Runner of the Week Honor for Aggie Sprinter Shavez Hart

BIRMINGHAM – Texas A&M senior Shavez Hart became the first Aggie selected as a SEC track and field Athlete of the Week this season following his world-leading performance on Saturday in the 200 meters. He earned the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week honor, which was announced by the conference office on Tuesday.

During the A&M men’s team victory at the Texas A&M Team Invitational, Hart won the 200m in 20.76 seconds over a field that included a pair of 20.80-second clockings from teammate Bralon Taplin and Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell, the 2014 NCAA 100m champion.

Hart was just a tenth of a second off his indoor best in the event with his victory as he posted the top time in the world so far in the 2015 season. The pair of 20.80s by Taplin and Bromell rank as the second fastest marks this year. In relay action Hart ran the second leg of the winning A&M 4×400 (3:07.98) with a split of 46.8 seconds.

This week the Aggies host the Texas A&M Quadrangular, a meet that features Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Saturday event begins at noon inside Gilliam Indoor and will be completed in less than three hours.

Track & Field News first set of dual meet rankings were released this week and the Aggie women rank No. 1 with the A&M men at No. 2.

The Aggie women are the defending indoor dual meet champions and they start the 2015 season at No. 1 ahead of Arkansas, Kansas State, Texas, Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Akron, Purdue, Michigan and Notre Dame.

In the men’s rankings the A&M men are ranked second behind Arkansas, the defending dual meet champs, and ahead of Texas, Akron, Nebraska, Kent State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Kansas State.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Bonetti Named SEC Freshman of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M freshman Brock Bonetti was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Bonetti, from Bakersfield, Calif., was instrumental in the Aggies’ 132-104 win over longtime rival SMU last Saturday with an individual and relay first-place finish.

Bonetti literally got the Aggies off to a fast start in the 400-yard medley relay, which was the first race of the day against the Ponies. Bonetti matched his season best with a leadoff 100 backstroke split of 48.31 that gave the Aggies a half-second lead. The Aggies went on to cruise to the win in a season-best time of 3:13.3.

His individual win came in the 200-yard backstroke when he led a 1-2-3 Texas A&M sweep in a time of 1:45.21. He also contributed a third-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.84.

The Aggies have now won the SEC Freshman of the Week honor in consecutive weeks. Last week, freshman Mauro Castillo of Zacatecas, Mexico won the honor.

Complete SEC weekly honors (Jan. 20, 2015)

Male Swimmer of the Week

Sam Tierney • Missouri

Senior • Plano, Texas

Tierney helped Mizzou defeat South Carolina after winning two individual events and two relays in the SEC dual on Jan. 17. He swept the breaststroke events with times of 53.95 in the 100 and 1:57.99 in the 200. Tierney won the 100 breast by almost a second and a half and the 200 breast by a little over two seconds. He was also part of Mizzou’s winning 200 medley relay (1:30.78) and 400 free relay (3:01.18) teams. Tierney currently ranks first in the nation in the 100 breast and third in the 200 breast.

Male Diver of the Week

Clark Thomas • Missouri

Junior • Olathe, Kan.

Thomas swept the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards to help Mizzou post a 181-119 win over SEC foe South Carolina on Jan. 17. The Olathe, Kan., native took first on 1-meter after a score of 355.08 and placed first on 3-meter with a six-dive tally of 382.05. He won both boards took first on 1-meter after a score of 355.08 and placed first on 3-meter with a six-dive tally of 382.05. Thomas won both boards by over 20 points, including almost a 40-point cushion on the 3-meter. The wins mark the sixth and fifth wins on 1-meter and 3-meter, respectively, for him this season.

Male Freshman of the Week

Brock Bonetti • Texas A&M

Freshman • Bakersfield, Calif.

Bonetti was part of Texas A&M’s 1-2-3 sweeps of SMU in the 200 backstroke and the 200 IM. He led the way with a 200 backstroke win in 1:45.21, while nailing down the third spot in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.84. Bonetti led off the Aggies’ winning 400 medley relay with a season-best and NCAA “B” cut time of 48.31.

Female Swimmer of the Week

Victoria Mitchell • South Carolina

Senior • Cary, N.C.

Mitchell helped lead the South Carolina women to their first SEC win of the season and their first dual meet victory over Missouri in program history. She recorded her fifth win this season in the 1000 freestyle. Mitchell also finished in first place in the 200 backstroke and second in the 400 IM.

Female Diver of the Week

Patricia Kranz • South Carolina

Senior • Davie, Fla.

Kranz won both boards to help lead the South Carolina women to their first win of the season and their first dual meet victory over Missouri in program history. She tallied her sixth win in the one-meter, and her score of 325.80 in the three-meter is her second highest score this season.

Female Freshman of the Week

Taylor Worrell • South Carolina

Freshman • Westampton, N.J.

Worrell notched her first collegiate win in the 500 freestyle with her personal record time of (4:53.88), which is the third fastest time on the team this season. She swam on the first-place 400 freestyle relay team that clinched the win for the women.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Bama LB Anderson, Woman Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson and a woman were arrested on a domestic violence charge involving property damage.

Tuscaloosa police said in a news release on Tuesday they charged both Anderson and Sierra Nicole Patterson with third-degree domestic violence/criminal mischief. Police responded to a domestic dispute call at 11:28 p.m. on Monday after the two got into an argument in a yard. Both are 20.

Police say Patterson keyed and threw change at Anderson’s vehicle and then Anderson kicked her vehicle. Both vehicles had visible damage but neither Anderson nor Patterson appeared to be injured.

Both were taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $500 bond. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Anderson had 25 tackles and three sacks.

Aggie Softball to Open Season Ranked No. 24 in NFCA Preseason Poll

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M softball team will start the 2015 season with a No. 24 national ranking in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll, voted on by the country’s coaches and released today.

The Aggies, who ended last season with the program’s 24th trip to the NCAA tournament, finished 37-22 for the 18th season in a row with at least 30 wins.

Texas A&M is one of a national-best nine Southeastern Conference (SEC) institutions in the top 25, ranking behind No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Alabama, and No. 6 Kentucky. Rounding out the list for the SEC are No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 17 Missouri, No. 19 LSU and No. 20 Auburn

The Aggies’ 2015 slate includes 10 teams listed among the preseason NFCA top 25, and three that are receiving votes. In addition to their ranked SEC foes, Texas A&M will face No. 2 Oregon and No. 7 UCLA. South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton and Stanford are each receiving votes, and will compete against Texas A&M this year.

The 24th-ranked Aggies start the 2015 season on Feb. 6 at the SoCal Collegiate Classic, beginning the team’s search for a 14th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and a berth to the Women’s College World Series.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to 12thMan.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – Preseason — Jan. 20, 2015

Rank

Team

2014 Record

Totals

Final 2014 Rank

1

Florida (20)

55-12

699

1

2

Oregon (8)

56-9-1

694

3

3

Alabama

53-13

648

2

4

Oklahoma (1)

51-13

613

5

5

Florida State

55-9

571

7

6

Kentucky

50-19

565

6

7

UCLA

52-8

536

9

8

Michigan

47-15

493

10

9

Louisiana

49-10-1

481

8

10

Baylor

49-16

475

4

11

Washington

37-15

411

11

12

Georgia

49-15

402

13

13

Tennessee

46-12

401

12

14

Arizona

44-16

356

14

15

Minnesota

44-12

298

15

16

Arizona State

46-12-1

267

17

17

Missouri

43-18

240

19

18

Nebraska

44-18

213

16

19

LSU

38-24

205

21

20

Auburn

42-19-1

204

20

21

Tulsa

53-9

175

18

22

Notre Dame

41-13

133

22

23

South Alabama

42-14

100

23

24

Texas A&M

37-22

71

25

25

DePaul

44-11

40

24

Others Receiving Votes:  James Madison (36), USC Upstate (21), Wisconsin (16), UCF (16), Texas (16), North Carolina State (14), Northwestern (3), Stanford (3), South Carolina (3), Hofstra (2), Louisville (2), Cal State Fullerton (2).

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Harden Pours In 45 In Rockets Win

HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden scored a season-high 45 points as the Houston
Rockets beat the Indiana Pacers 110-98 yesterday. Houston led by 10 at halftime
and used a 33-point third quarter to push the lead to 20 entering the fourth.
C.J. Miles had 23 points to lead the Pacers.

Mav’s Run Away From Griz

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points as the Dallas Mavericks
defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-95 yesterday. Monta Ellis led the Mavericks
with 25 points and seven assists. Chandler Parsons added 15 points. Mike Conley
led Memphis with 22 points.

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