Men’s Basketball Season Ends in NCAA Sweet 16

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LOS ANGELES (AP)–After reaching the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16 with an improbable buzzer-beater, Michigan shot 62 percent from the floor and routed Texas A&M 99-72 in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night to reach the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.

Next up the Wolverines will face either No. 4 Gonzaga or No. 9 Florida State who met in the second regional semifinal.

The Wolverines (31-7) dominated from start to finish, hitting 14 3-pointers — 10 in the first half — and extending their winning streak to 12 games.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 24 points, Moe Wagner added 21 points and Charles Matthews had 18 points as third-seeded Michigan had five players in double figures.

“My shot went in early and it gives you the confidence to take the next one,” Abdur-Rahkman said. “I think everyone had that confidence today.”

Abdur-Rahkman made four 3-pointers and both of his free throws, and had five rebounds and seven assists.

“This senior right here played his tail off in every single way,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “This is like a great example of a great college basketball player that can play afterwards, too.”

The Wolverines were good in the first half and even better in the second. The rout was on by halftime with Michigan leading 52-28 after shooting 57 percent from the floor. In the second half, the Wolverines improved to 68 percent from the floor.

“We are on a business trip, and we still have business to take of,” Abdur-Rahkman said.

The Aggies (22-13) never made a run, going long stretches without a basket in the first half while Michigan was scoring on nearly every trip down the floor.

Tyler Davis led the seventh-seeded Aggies with 24 points.

Michigan won its second round game to reach the Sweet 16 on freshman Jordan Poole’s long 3 at the buzzer against Houston.

Against the Aggies, Michigan led by 29 points after an 8-0 run near the end of the first half. The Wolverines averaged nine 3-pointers per game coming in and exceeded that by the break.

Michigan held the Aggies to 12-of-32 shooting from the floor by double-teaming A&M and getting hands in shooters’ faces.

The Wolverines had 12 steals in the game, led by Zavier Simpson with six.

The Aggies committed 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half, including five by T.J. Starks.

They improved to 57 percent shooting in the second half, but it didn’t make any difference when the Aggies couldn’t come close to reducing their deficit to single digits.







Texas A&M C Tyler Davis, G Admon Gilder & head coach Billy Kennedy









Michigan F Moritz Wagner, G Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, G Charles Matthews & head coach John Beilein. 



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Texas A&M Spring Football Practice: Jimbo Fisher

Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher met with media after spring football practice Thursday evening.




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Aggies, Wolverines Preview Sweet 16 Matchup

Players and head coaches from Texas A&M and Michigan met with the media Wednesday to preview their Sweet 16 match-up at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Tip-off is set for Thursday at 6:37 PM CT with broadcast on Newstalk 1620 WTAW &







Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy









Aggie players Robert Williams, Tyler Davis & Admon Gilder



Michigan head coach John Beilein



Wolverine players Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Moritz Wagner & Duncan Robinson



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Texas A&M Spring Football Practice Day One: Jimbo Fisher

Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher met with the media following the first day of Spring Football practice Tuesday evening.




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SEC Runner of the Week honors for Devin Dixon and Julia Madubuike

BIRMINGHAM – The opening weekend of the outdoor track and field season produced a pair of SEC honors for Aggies Devin Dixon and Julia Madubuike, who were each selected as the conference Runner of the Week.

Dixon, who shared the honor with Georgia’s Bryan Kamau, improved his career best in the 400m to 45.96 from lane three as the top collegian finisher in the Baldy Castillo Invitational. The 2017 SEC Outdoor and 2018 SEC Indoor 800m champion improved his previous best of 46.91 in the 400m from 2016, his senior year in high school.

Madubuike won the 200m at the Castillo Invitational in 23.30, which is currently the top time in the SEC and third among collegians. Madubuike, who has the top freshman time in the event outdoors, also anchored the Aggie 4×100 to a 43.47 victory and ran the first leg, with a 53.6 split, on the winning 4×400 relay that posted a time of 3:37.84.

This week Texas A&M travels to San Antonio for the UTSA Roadrunner Invitational. In addition to the Aggies and Roadrunners, teams scheduled to compete include Akron, Baylor, Kansas State, Maryland, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas, Texas State and Virginia Commonwealth.

SEC Track and Field – Weekly Honors

Men’s Co-Runner of the Week: Devin Dixon, Texas A&M
Men’s Co-Runner of the Week: Bryan Kamau, Georgia
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Denzel Comenentia, Georgia
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Jake Norris, LSU
Women’s Runner of the Week: Julia Madubuike, Texas A&M
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile, Kentucky
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Jurnee Woodward, LSU

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Mathieu Signs with Texans

HOUSTON (AP) – The “Honey Badger” is headed to Houston. The Houston Texans have signed unrestricted free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu and claimed wide receiver Sammie Coates off waivers from Cleveland. Mathieu was released last week by Arizona after five seasons when the two sides couldn’t rework his contract. The former LSU star has been hampered by injuries but he was an All-Pro in 2015.

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Altuve, Astros finalize $163.5M, 7-year contract

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ AL MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have finalized a $163.5 million, seven-year contract that guarantees an additional $151 million over five seasons.

The 27–year-old second baseman had been among baseball’s best bargains. He agreed in 2013 to a deal that originally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17 and included club options for 2018 at $6 million and 2019 at $6.5 million.

His new deal, announced Monday, keeps those salaries and adds a $21 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is payable upon the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office and $10 million each on July 1 in 2018 and 2019. He gets annual salaries of $26.2 million from 2020-24.

Altuve would have been eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve hit .346 last season to win his second straight AL batting title and third in four seasons. He had 24 homers, 82 RBIs and 32 stolen bases

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Sweet 16 Bound: Aggie Men Dominate UNC, 86-65

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)– T.J. Starks scored 21 points and Texas A&M overpowered North Carolina inside, upsetting the reigning national champions 86-65 Sunday in the NCAA Tournament to mark the second straight year a title holder missed the Sweet 16.

The seventh-seeded Aggies (22-12) did everything they had to do to hand the Tar Heels a rare loss in a home-state NCAA game. They dominated the glass. They used their size to control the paint and block shots. And they pounced when UNC’s small-ball lineup couldn’t make an outside shot.

Robert Williams finished with 13 rebounds, helping the Aggies take a 50-36 edge while shooting 52 percent — including 10 of 24 from 3-point range.

Joel Berry II scored 21 points in his final game for the second-seeded Tar Heels (26-11), who were trying to reach their third straight Final Four. But they ended up falling to 34-2 in NCAA games in their home state, the only other loss coming in 1979.

The Tar Heels shot just 33 percent, including 6 of 31 (.194) on 3-pointers after entering the game shooting nearly 37 percent from behind the arc.

It came on the same court where, two nights earlier, UMBC made history by becoming the first 16-seed to beat a 1 when the Retrievers upset top overall seed Virginia. And as with that game, the upstart dispatched the favorite with surprising ease.

And, yet again, the reigning champs lost in the second round. Last year, Villanova was bounced by Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the Aggies — who peaked at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 in December — is moving on to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons.

The Tar Heels were a very different team than last year’s title winner, namely in the way they leaned on a small-ball lineup. But expectations grew that they could make a third straight Final Four run as UNC found a final-month groove, including two wins against Duke and a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.

Instead — after a heartbreaking title-game loss to Villanova in 2016 followed by last year’s title win against Gonzaga — the Tar Heels found themselves eliminated on the tournament’s opening weekend for the first time since 2014.

The Tar Heels led 20-13 early only to see the Aggies go on 15-0 run to change the entire dynamic of the game. Tyler Davis (18 points, nine rebounds) got loose for three baskets inside as the Aggies asserted themselves in the paint, while UNC started missing shot after shot.

By halftime, the Aggies had pushed to a 42-28 lead, then got 3-pointers from Admon Gilder and D.J. Hogg to open the second half and push the margin to a stunning 20 points.

Amazingly enough, the Tar Heels got no closer than 17 again to stun a crowd that was wearing a lot of blue and expecting the Tar Heels to advance.

UNC had won 12 of 13 NCAA Tournament games dating to its 2016 finals run before Sunday.

? No. 7 seed Texas A&M improved to 22-12 this season and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Sunday with an 86-65 victory over No. 2 seed North Carolina … the 2018 appearance marks the fifth Sweet 16 for the Maroon & White (Sixth trip to the Round of 16).
? The Aggies improved to 2-2 all-time against North Carolina, defeating the Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time … the Aggies topped the Heels 78-61 in double overtime during the 1980 tournament at The Super Pit in Denton, Texas.
? The defeat was just the second North Carolina has suffered in the state of North Carolina in NCAA Tournament play (34-2).

? With the win, the Aggies are 13-14 all-time in 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
? The 21-point win was the second largest margin of victory for Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament play, edged out only by the 27-point win over Green Bay in the 2016 First Round.
? A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 5-3 as a head coach during four appearances the NCAA Tournament … Kennedy’s four victories in the NCAA Tournament at Texas A&M are the most by an Aggie head coach, passing former A&M coaches Shelby Metcalf, Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon (3).

? Texas A&M overwhelmed North Carolina with a shooting barrage on the night, the Aggies connected on 10-of-24 3-pointers and were an impressive 31-for-60 from the floor … the 10 made 3’s and 31 made field goals were the second most the Aggies have connected on in an NCAA Tournament game.
? The Aggies equaled their eight-block performance from Friday afternoon against Providence, matching the program record in March Madness.
? Texas A&M controlled the glass throughout the game, outrebounding the Tar Heels 50-36 on the game … coming into the game the Tar Heels owned the nation’s second-best rebounding margin (10.2) in the NCAA while Texas A&M ranked 19th (6.3).
? Four Aggies scored in double figures on the night, the second straight game with a quartet of Aggies scoring more than 10 points.
? The Aggies took a 42-28 lead into the locker room … the Maroon & White tied the most points they have ever scored in the first half of an NCAA tournament game … the Aggies have scored 42 points in the opening half against Memphis in 2007, BYU in 2009, Trinity in 1969 and Utah State in 2010.
? Texas A&M shot a blistering 50 percent from the floor (17-for-34) in the first 20 minutes, including a 5-for-11 mark from beyond the 3-point line.
? In a matchup of two of the best rebounding teams in the NCAA, the Aggies owned a decided 25-18 advantage on the glass in the first half.
? A&M used the starting lineup combination of TJ Starks, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the 13th time this season (8-5).

? Freshman TJ Starks led Texas A&M in scoring for the first time in the NCAA Tournament, finishing with 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting … additionally, the rookieguard paced the Aggies in assists for the second straight game, finishing with five dimes on the night … Starks’ 13 assists in the 2018 NCAA Tournament match David Goff’s (1980) Texas A&M record for assists in a tournament.
? Junior Tyler Davis dominated the paint scoring 18 points and corralling nine rebounds against the Tar Heels … Davis moved past Jeff Overhouse (739, 1970-73) for 11th on the all-time rebounding list with 745 boards in his three seasons in Aggieland … after registering three blocks against the Tar Heels, Davis joins Brian Davis (no relation) as the only other Aggies to register three or more blocks in multiple tournament games.
? Junior DJ Hogg put on a display from beyond the 3-point arc in tobacco country, the sharpshooter finished 3-for-7 from deep finishing with his NCAA Tournament best 14 points on the night … Hogg also pitched in eight rebounds as he flirted with a double-double, the eight boards are the most he has pulled down in an NCAA Tournament game
? Sophomore Robert Williams pulled down 13 rebounds against North Carolina … the sophomore has hauled in 524 in his two seasons in the Maroon & White, good for 22nd on the all-time Texas A&M list.
? Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy improved to 137-97 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 348-276 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

? The Aggies advanced to the West Regional in Los Angles to take on No. 3 seed Michigan on Thursday in the Sweet 16.

Opening statement
“Great win, great team win. I thought we got a performance from everybody. I thought once we slowed them up in transition and our zone gave them some problems. Unfortunately, they missed some shots and I thought that we did a good job rebounding the ball and taking care of the ball, especially in the first half.”
On the team’s overall performance
“We shared the ball. We talked about making one more pass and our goal was to defend the 3-point line and make them take tough twos. And when you block eight shots, that means there is a ton of tough twos. Our game plan worked. They didn’t shoot the ball well and we took them out of transition.”
On making the Sweet 16 for the second time in his career
“It means a lot because this is my senior year and I wanted to do something like this for our younger guys. I wanted them to experience this. I got to experience it as a sophomore and it was a great feeling. I told our freshmen — ‘there’s nothing better than winning a game in the NCAA Tournament.’ It’s an absolutely great feeling to keep dancing.”

On the A&M presence on the inside against Carolina
“We just stuck to our game plan and played to our strengths. We know we have the advantage on the inside against most teams. So we just did what we do every day — go to war on the inside and eat glass… we have great size and we do have great length. I knew this game I was going to have to work hard to keep their bigs off the glass.”

On what the Aggies had that helped them prevail other than skills and statistics
“We had a certain togetherness today. Right from the jump even though we didn’t have the fastest start, but we were together the whole time. There was never a minute out there we weren’t together. Sticking together is what got us the dub.”

On the way A&M could control their perimeter game
“We knew we would get open looks just by the way they play defense. We took advantage of our opportunities and we did a great job moving the ball and playing inside out. We got great open looks and just plain knocked them down.”

On holding Carolina scoreless for a key stretch in the first half
“Coach [Isaac] Chew and Coach [Billy] Kennedy preach defense. They talked about going into this game that the only team that could beat us is ourselves. As you saw, we played our brand of basketball that we do on an everyday basis. We force teams to take tough shots. Give North Carolina credit; they’re a great team but they just came out missing shots.”

On being the second team in Charlotte to make history, referring to the fact that North Carolina had never lost in Charlotte before
“We came ready to play. We’ve been talking about this our whole season, so we were ready for the moment. North Carolina is a great team and they play together well. They have great offensive and defensive threats. We just came together to get the win. Everyone keeps saying it, but really, just playing together is what it was.”

On what gave them the belief
“Just a lot of reassurance, letting each other know what we had within the coaching staff and the players. We’ve been seeing all of the upsets, so we figured we could do it.”
On putting the game away with 5 minutes left
It was just a blessing. Seeing the reactions from my teammates and fans, honestly, that’s what made my day.”
On going into the crowd after the game to celebrate
Seeing my dad, just hugging him and my stepmom. My dad, he’s been with through this whole situation. He’s been pushing me forward, sticking by my side so it felt good to hug him and celebrate.”
On being written off earlier in the season
I feel like we’re a team that doesn’t give up, no matter what people say. We believe in ourselves. We honestly have, you can say we’re cocky at sometimes individually but I feel like we’ve been backing it up lately. I feel like we’re doing a great job.”
On how they kept the momentum
We just tried to play like it was 0-0, like it was the first half and keep it up the whole game.”
On whether they were excited to play UNC or just the opportunity to play
Honestly it was just an opportunity to get to the Sweet Sixteen. Obviously, playing North Carolina basically at home was a big opportunity for us but we just came and attacked it like it was any other game.”

On being part of this team
It’s a blessing. Since the summer, we’ve been working to get all the way to the championship. Now we’re living the dream. We’ve just got to keep pushing forward.”
On what went into the 18-2 run
Rebounding, being on the defensive end and just grabbing the rebound, getting stops. Then coming down on the offensive end and just playing our game.”
On whether it sunk in that they knocked off the defending champs:
No, it hasn’t sunk in yet. We always talk about we deserve to be here, so they’re a good team over there but we came in with the right mindset and just trying to just keep moving forward.”
On the confidence heading into the game
They’re a good team; we’re a good team. There’s really no difference. We just went in there, we knew what we could do we knew what they could do. The coaches came with a good game plan. We just went out there and executed.”

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Carter’s 3-Pointer Completes Comeback, Sends No. 4 Seed Women To Sweet 16

COLLEGE STATION- Chennedy Carter hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds to play, sending No. 4 seed Texas A&M to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014 with a 80-79 win over No. 5 seed DePaul in the Second Round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

The Aggies (26-9) rallied back from down 17 points early in the third quarter, marking the fourth-largest comeback in NCAA Tournament history, one year after the Aggies set the Tournament record with a 21-point comeback against Penn.

Carter, who set a Texas A&M NCAA Tournament record with 37 points, scored all of A&M’s points in a 9-2 run over the final 1:43 to take the lead. Jasmine Lumpkin stole DePaul’s final in-bound pass to clinch the victory.

Anriel Howard had her second-straight double double, adding 18 points and 19 rebounds, the second-most rebounds for an Aggie in an NCAA Tournament game.

Five DePaul (27-8) players scored in double figures, led by Tanita Allen with 19. The Blue Demons led 43-28 at halftime.

The Aggies advance to the Sweet 16 for seventh time in program history, and takes on the winner of tonight’s Notre Dame-Villanova game on Saturday, March 24 in the Spokane Regional Semifinal at 3 or 5 p.m. CT inside Spokane Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


Texas A&M
·         Earns the seventh trip in program history to the Sweet 16, and the first since 2014. Six of the seven Sweet 16 trips have come under current head coach Gary Blair
·         The Aggies’ 17-point comeback is the fourth-largest in NCAA Tournament history. In last year’s First Round, the Aggies set the Tournament record with a 21-point comeback against Penn.
·         It is the largest comeback for a Second Round game in NCAA Tournament history
·         With today’s win, every Texas A&M recruiting class since 2004-05 has made at least one trip to the Sweet 16
·         Texas A&M improves to 26-9 on the season, having clinched the most wins in a season since 2013-14. DePaul concludes its season at 27-8.
·         Texas A&M is now 25-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and 7-5 in the Second Round
·         Head coach Gary Blair is 357-150 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M, and 765-313 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches in career wins.

Chennedy Carter
·         Set a Texas A&M NCAA Tournament record with 37 points. It is the most in an NCAA Tournament game this season and ties for the sixth-most in a Second Round game
·         Her 37 points are the fourth-most in a single game in A&M history, and the second-most for an A&M freshman
·         Scored 30+ points for the sixth time this season
·         Scored 20+ points for the fourth straight game, and 23rd time in 35 games this season
·         Scored in double figures for the 34th time in 35 games this season

Anriel Howard
·         Her 19 rebounds are the second-most for an Aggie in an NCAA Tournament game. She has each of the top three marks in Texas A&M history (27 vs. Missouri State – 2016 1st; 16 vs. Penn – 2017 1st)
·         Had her second consecutive double-double and her 19th of the season. She extends her Texas A&M record with the 31st of her career
·         Scored 10+ points for the 21st time this season and the 41st time in her career
·         Had 10+ rebounds for the 30th time this season and the 58th time in her career

Jasmine Lumpkin
·         Had 10+ rebounds for the third time this season
·         Had a game-icing steal in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Her steal with 17 seconds left against Penn in last year’s First Round forced the Quakers to start fouling

Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair



Aggie players Anriel Howard, Danni Williams & Chennedy Carter




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Aggie Pitching Stymies Auburn in 5-1 Win

AUBURN, Alabama – Mitchell Kilkenny and Nolan Hoffman held the Tigers to four hits as the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies topped No. 14 Auburn, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park.

Kilkenny (5-0) remained perfect on the year. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five in 6.1 innings. Hoffman entered the game with runners at first and second and one out in the seventh and got off the diamond with a grounder to second and a strikeout. He finished the game to earn his third save of the year. Hoffman retired eight of the nine batters he faced, hitting one batter in 2.2 innings.

Braden Shewmake led the Aggies at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI. Michael Helman logged a hit in the fifth inning to extend his hit streak to 14 games. He’s reached base in all 21 games in 2018. Zach DeLoach notched his fifth triple of the season to move within one of the national leader. Will Frizzell and Logan Foster each hit home runs on the afternoon.

The Aggies improved to 17-4 on the season and 1-2 in the SEC. Auburn dropped to 19-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.


T2 | With one out, Will Frizzell blasted a 3-1 offering 406 feet over the rightfield fence for a solo home run. With two outs, Aaron Walters reached on a throwing error by Auburn shortstop Will Hollland and came home to score when Allonte Wingate gapped a triple to right-center. A&M 2, AUB 0.

T5 | With two outs, Helman reached on an infield single and came around to score when Shewmake rattled a double in the corner down the rightfield line. A&M 3, AUB 0.

B6 | With one out, Steven Williams lofted a 1-0 pitch over the rightfield wall for a solo home run. A&M 3, AUB 1.

T8 | With two outs, Logan Foster drove a 1-2 pitch 359 feet with an exit velocity of 106 to hit his sixth dinger of the season, a solo home run. A&M 4, AUB 1.

T9 | With two outs, Wingate drew a four-pitch walk and scored when Zach DeLoach roped a triple to the gap in left-center. A&M 5, AUB 1.

The Aggies head to Houston Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Rice Owls.


Head Coach Rob Childress

On the response today…
“I’m really proud of the team. It’s been a long tough week for us and things haven’t gone our way, but the team showed a lot of toughness and it started on the mound with Mitchell (Kilkenny). He had a great start and we played great defense behind him. We got a lot of big two-out hits to grab the lead and extend the lead. Nolan Hoffman came in and was outstanding the last five or six outs of the game.”

Junior RHP Mitchell Kilkenny
On his outing…
“We lost two hard ones this weekend, so it was important we came out and attacked them. We also used a lot of pitching, so I tried to be as efficient as possible and give our hitters a chance to win it.”

On improving to 5-0…
“It’s early in the season. I’m not thinking about that. It’s about trying to give the team a chance to win every start.”

Junior RHP Nolan Hoffman
On working out of a seventh inning jam…
“Killer (Mitchell Kilkenny) got in a little spot there and I wanted to get him out of it. Just located my pitches and made sure the ball didn’t leave the infield.”

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No. 7 Texas A&M Sweeps Final Day of Reveille Classic

COLLEGE STATION – The No.7 Texas A&M softball team concluded the Reveille Classic with a 9-1 victory in five innings over Michigan State before defeating Marist, 4-1, Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies finished the tournament with a 5-1 record and move to 29-4 on the season.

In game one against Michigan State, the Aggies struck for four runs in the first inning. Kaitlyn Alderink, Ashley Walters and Tori Vidales loaded the bases via a walk, fielder’s choice and another walk, respectively. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Sarah Hudek and Kristen Cuyos plated Alderink and Walters, before Samantha Show delivered a single through the left side allowing Vidales and Hudek to touch home.

Texas A&M had a big five-run third inning that began with a walk to Vidales, who came around to score on an RBI single to left from Show. Erica Russell followed suit with a single up the middle and Keeli Milligan reached base on a fielder’s choice, allowing Alderink to step in the box with the bases loaded. Show touched home as Alderink was hit by a pitch to bring the Aggies’ lead to six. Riley Sartain drove in Russell and Milligan with a single to right, and Alderink took advantage of a wild pitch by Michigan State pitcher Kristina Zalewski to conclude scoring for the Aggies.

The Spartans scored their first and only run of the game in the top of the fifth as Lea Foerster doubled to left and Joanna Bartz delivered the RBI single up the middle.

In the circle, Trinity Harrington earned the win to move to 9-1 on the season as she only allowed three hits and one run while fanning four.

In the first inning against Marist, Alderink hit an infield single and came around to score when Sartain blasted the eighth homer of her junior campaign.

The Maroon & White added a run in the second inning as Cuyos drew a four-pitch walk and was plated by a Kelbi Fortenberry double to center.

Marist’s Ali Milam hit a solo shot to right in the sixth to put the Red Foxes on the board but Cuyos responded with a blast of her own in the bottom half of the inning.

Kayla Poynter earned her first career start and win as she struck out four and allowed two walks, six hits and one run in 5.1 innings of work. Lexi Smith earned the save, throwing 1.2 innings in relief while only allowing one hit, one walk and fanning two.

Top Offensive Players:
Riley Sartain | 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, R, 2 BB

Kristen Cuyos | 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB
Samantha Show | 2-for-2, 3 RBI, R

Pitching Breakdown:
Trinity Harrington (9-1, 1.36 ERA) – W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
Kayla Poynter (1-0, 0.95 ERA) – W, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
Lexi Smith (5-0, 1 SV, 0.88 ERA) – S, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB

Aggie Notes:
· Freshman Kayla Poynter earned her first career start in the circle for the Aggies
· The Aggies were walked eight times by Michigan State’s pitchers for the first time since facing Texas Tech on Feb. 10

Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans



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Texas A&M women take third at NCAA Swimming & Diving

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team matched its program-best national finish with a third-place effort for a second-straight year at the 2018 NCAA Championships, which concluded Saturday at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.


  • The Aggie extended their streak of top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships to 12, dating back to the program’s first-ever top 10 effort in 2007.
  • 2018 is the program’s sixth straight season with a top four national finish, which is important because the top four teams receive an NCAA Championships trophy.
  • The Aggies have now scored 200+ points in seven straight national meets and were just a point shy of reaching the 300-point plateau for the sixth time.
  • Two more school records fell on the final day of the NCAA Championships – senior Beryl Gastaldello became the first Aggie under 47 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle (46.98) and fellow senior Bethany Galat turned in the third-fastest 200 breast time in history with a 2:03.26 clocking.
  • For the Championships, the Aggies shattered six school records:

50 freestyle – Beryl Gastaldello, 21.63
100 freestyle – Beryl Gastaldello, 46.98
200 freestyle – Claire Rasmus, 1:43.01
200 breaststroke – Bethany Galat, 2:03.26
200 IM – Sydney Pickrem, 1:52.35
400 IM —  Sydney Pickrem, 3:59.05

Top 10 Teams in the Standings:

1 Stanford 593
2 California 373
3 Texas A&M 299
4 Michigan 267
5 Louisville 232
6 Texas 221.5
7 Tennessee 180.5
8 Indiana 169
9 Virginia 161
10 Minnesota 157

Head Coach Steve Bultman said:
“It’s a great feeling. It was a real battle. We were behind from the beginning but it seemed like we got better each day. Today, we did a tremendous job in the prelims getting qualified and then were able to find ways to move up in the finals. I’m really proud of what this group of girls were able to accomplish.”

Galat leads Aggies 200 breaststroke parade with school record:
The Aggies sewed up their second-straight third-place team finish by putting four swimmers in the Championship final of the 200 breaststroke, which produced a school record 57 points in single event at the national meet. It was the first time since 2015 that any team has put four swimmers into an “A” final at the NCAA Women’s Championships.

Senior Bethany Galat earned a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:03.26, which took down Breeja Larson’s school record and ranks as the third-fastest time in the race ever. Galat become the No. 2 all-time performer in the 200-yard breaststroke behind only Indiana’s Lilly King.

“Bethany beat Breeja’s school record by more than a second and that school record was no slouch,” Bultman said. “It was just a great performance by her. We knew we had a chance to get all of them into the final, but that doesn’t happen very often at the NCAA Championships. It was huge for us to do it because it kept us in third place.”

Junior Sydney Pickrem took third in 2:05.79, sophomore Anna Belousova was sixth in 2:07.26 and senior Esther Gonzalez Medina was eighth in 2:08.20.

Bratton closes out career with fourth-place finish in 200 back:
Senior Lisa Bratton earned All-America honors in the 200 backstroke for the fourth straight year with a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:50.74. The school record holder in the 200 backstroke (1:49.83), Bratton owns the top 16 fastest times in the race at Texas A&M.

Gastaldello becomes first Aggie under 47 second in 100 freestyle:
Senior Beryl Gastaldello became the first Aggie to break the 47-second barrier in the 100 freestyle with a blistering 46.98 to place fifth in the 100 freestyle on Saturday. A four-time All-American in the 100 free, Gastaldello finishes her career with the three-fastest 100 frees in school history and eight of the top 10.

Freshman Pike flies to season bests:
Freshman Taylor Pike posted a pair of season bests as she earned a spot in the consolation final with a 1:55.24 in the morning prelims and then placed 12th overall with a 1:54.20 in the evening. She moves up to No. 5 on the school’s all-time performers list, just ahead of former school record holder Rita Medrano.

Freshman Yelle moves up in the mile:
Freshman Haley Yelle turned in a 21st place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a life-time best time of 16:08.04, which made her the school’s No. 3 all-time performer in the race behind Sarah Henry and Maureen McLaine.

400 freestyle relay:
The Aggies closed out the meet with an eighth-place finish in the 400 free relay with the foursome of Gastaldello, junior Claire Rasmus, sophomore Katie Portz and senior Kristin Malone posting a time of 3:13.10.

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No. 4 Seed Women Move To NCAA Second Round With 89-76 Win Over No. 13 Seed Drake

COLLEGE STATION- National Freshman of the Year Chennedy Carter led No. 4 seed Texas A&M with 26 points, to help the Aggies defeat No. 13 seed Drake 89-76 Friday in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship at Reed Arena.

With the win, the Aggies (25-9) advance to face No. 5 seed DePaul (27-7) in a Second Round game, March 18 at Reed Arena, with game time to be announced later tonight. Texas A&M is looking for its seventh appearance in the Sweet 16, but its first since 2014.

Carter, playing in her first career NCAA Tournament game, turned in one of the best statistical performances for a Tournament game in school history. Among Texas A&M performances in NCAA Tournament games, her 26 points rank fifth, her 11 assists tie for second, and her six steals match the school record.

Khaalia Hillsman and Danni Williams each scored in double figures for the third straight time in an NCAA Tournament game, as Hillsman added 22 and Williams chipped in 18. In the game, Williams passed Amy Yates’ 1997-98 season to set the Texas A&M school record with 69 made 3-pointers this year.

Anriel Howard, who tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds, recorded her first career NCAA Tournament double double in the game.

Drake (26-8), who had their 21-game win streak snapped, was led by Sara Rhine, who had team-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available online at or at the Reed Arena Box Office from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

Texas A&M

  • The Aggies are 25-9 on the season, and advance to the NCAA Second Round for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons.
  • The Aggies take on DePaul on Sunday, March 16 in the Second Round. Tickets are available online at or at the Reed Arena Box Office from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Drake has its 21-game winning streak snapped, finishing their outstanding 2018 campaign at 26-8.
  • The Aggies are 24-13 in the NCAA Tournament in 15 appearances, and have a 12-3 mark in the First Round
  • The Aggies are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament home games and 6-0 in First Round games at home
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 36-22 in his NCAA Tournament career. His 36 NCAA Tournament wins rank seventh among active coaches
  • Blair is 356-150 in 15 seasons in Aggieland. He is 764-313 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches

Chennedy Carter

  • Among Texas A&M performances in NCAA Tournament games, her 26 points rank fifth, her 11 assists tie for second and her six steals match the school record for a Tournament game.
  • Scored 20+ points for the 22nd time this season and the seventh time in eight games
  • Had her second career double-double
  • Scored in double figures for the 33rd time in 34 games this season
  • Her 11 assists tie for the second-most for an Aggie in an NCAA Tournament game, trailing just Jordan Jones‘ 16 in the 2014 Second Round.
  • Her 11 assists also match a career-high
  • Had 10+ assists for the second time this season

Danni Williams

  • Set the Texas A&M single-season record for 3-pointers, passing Amy Yates (1997-98, 67). Williams now has 69 3-pointers on the season.
  • Scored 10+ points for the 27th time this season and the 58th time in her career. She has scored 10+ points in her last three NCAA Tournament games

Anriel Howard

  • Had her 18th double-double of the season, and extended her Texas A&M record with the 30th of her career, but her first career double-double in the NCAA Tournament
  • Scored 10+ points for the 20th time this season and the 40th time in her career
  • Had 10+ rebounds for the 29th time this season and the 57th time in her career. She has had 10+ rebounds in four of five career NCAA Tournament games.

Khaalia Hillsman

  • Scored 20+ points for the 10th time this season and the 21st time in her career. It is her second career 20+ point game in the NCAA Tournament
  • Scored 10+ points for the 25th time this season and 69th time in her career. She has scored 10+ points in her last three NCAA Tournament games.

Texas A&M’s Khaalia Hillsman, Anriel Howard, Danni Williams and Gary Blair



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Men’s Basketball Advances to NCAA Tournament’s Second Round, 73-69

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)–Tyler Davis and Robert Williams spent all Friday snatching rebound after rebound, blocking a few shots and had Williams offer a highlight-reel capper in the final minute.

When Texas A&M’s bigs are playing like this, it’s tough to tussle with these Aggies. And that gives them their best chance to stick around the NCAA Tournament for another weekend.

Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds and Williams added his own double-double to help Texas A&M beat Providence 73-69, sending the Aggies on to the second round of the West Region.

Williams finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for Texas A&M (21-12), the region’s No. 7 seed. They also each blocked two shots.

“We got a lot of help from our guards, too,” Davis said. “Our guards put bodies on the outside so we can play 1-on-1 inside. It was really a team effort. We were able to snag a couple of boards.”

A couple? The 6-foot-10 forwards outrebounded Providence’s entire team.

“We’re just out there doing our job,” Davis said. “This is what we do. We know we have the advantage inside most games so this is just another game where we came out and gave 100 percent effort on the glass.”

Providence’s players knew it would be a challenge for their smaller group to battle on the boards. The game plan, guard Kyron Cartwright said Thursday, was simply “box out.” And all through the Friars’ locker room in Charlotte on Friday were orange signs saying the same thing.

Still, knowing what they had to do and executing it were two different things.

The Aggies finished with a 44-26 rebounding advantage and had 11 offensive rebounds against the 10th-seeded Friars (21-14).

“Even though we were checking out, and I thought we did a decent job, they got length rebounds,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “There’s really nothing you can do. That’s God’s gift to them. There’s really nothing you can do about it. You keep encouraging your kids, but when you’ve got 7-6 wing length and 7-5 wing length, that’s genetics, baby.”

Postgame Notes


  • No. 7 seed Texas A&M improved to 21-12 this season and advanced to the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Friday with a 73-69 victory over No. 10 seed Providence … The Aggies move on to face the winner of Lipscomb-North Carolina on Sunday.
  • The Aggies improved to 1-0 all-time against Providence.


  • With the win, the Aggies are 12-14 all-time in 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Aggies have now won their opening game in the NCAA Tournament in seven of their last eight tourney appearances since 2006.
  • A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 4-3 as a head coach during four appearances the NCAA Tournament … Kennedy’s three victories in the NCAA Tournament at Texas A&M are the most by an Aggie head coach, tying former A&M coaches Shelby Metcalf, Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon (3).


  • The Aggies shot a blistering 68.0 percent from the floor in the second half (17-of-25) to help open up the game late, finishing the contest at 26-of-52 overall from the floor … the Maroon & White took the lead for good with 8:09 to play, building as much as an 11-point advantage with less than 30 seconds to play.
  • Texas A&M posted eight blocks against Providence, setting the program record for blocks in an NCAA Tournament game … additionally, a trio of Aggies registered multiple blocks on the day, the first time the Aggies have accomplished the feat in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Aggies took a 28-27 lead into the locker room after outrebounding the Friars 23-16 in the opening frame … for the game, A&M owned a commanding 44-23 edge in rebounding.
  • A&M used the starting lineup combination of TJ Starks, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the 12th time this season (7-5).


  • Junior Admon Gilder posted a team-high 18 points on the afternoon, the most he has scored in four career NCAA Tournament game … the Dallas native’s previous high was 11 points against Green Bay and Northern Iowa in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
  • Sophomore Robert Williams corralled 14 rebounds to become the 28th member of Texas A&M’s 500-Rebound Club … Williams became the third Aggie to reach the milestone this season, joining teammates Tyler Davis and Tonny Trocha-Morelos … Williams added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting to register his 18th career double-double as well as his seventh this season.
  • Junior Tyler Davis pulled down 15 boards to pass Ronnie Peret (735 rebounds from 1966-69) for 12th on A&M’s all-time rebounding list … the 15 rebounds tied for the second most by an Aggie in an NCAA Tournament game … Davis added 14 points as he went 6-for-10 from the floor to earn his 18th career double-double (12th this season).
  • Williams & Davis became the 11th & 12th players in Texas A&M program history to pull down double-digit rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Davis and Williams registered double-doubles against Providence, marking just the second time in program history that a pair of Aggies accomplished the feat in the same NCAA Tournament game (Billy Bob Barnet 12 points/11 rebounds & Steve Niles 17 points/16 rebounds against Trinity in 1969)
  • Freshman TJ Starks had an impressive NCAA Tournament debut finishing with 15 points and eight assists … the guard set the Texas A&M NCAA Tournament assists record with eight dishes … the Dallas native passed David Britton (7 vs Louisville 3/14/1980) and Donald Sloan (7 vs BYU 3/19/2009) on the all-time ledger.
  • Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy improved to 136-97 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 347-276 in 20 seasons as a head coach.


  • Providence finished the season with an overall record of 21-14.
  • Coach Ed Cooley fell to 1-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as head coach at Providence. His lone victory came two years ago against USC at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
  • Providence lost for the first time in NCAA Tournament play in Charlotte, falling to 4-1. It defeated No. 7 Marquette and No. 2 Duke here in the First and Second Rounds in 1997 and posted wins over Penn and Maryland in the 1973 Eastern Regional. The Friars are 6-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in the state of North Carolina (Charlotte 4-1, Raleigh 2-2).
  • The Friars fell to 3-3 as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Basketball Championships and 1-2 versus No. 7 seeds.
  • Providence fell to 5-8 as a lower seed since the field expanded to 64 in 1985.
  • The Friars finished the season 1-8 when allowing teams to shoot 50 percent or better from the field.
  • Senior Rodney Bullock scored 22 points to become the 21st player in school history to score 1,400 points. It was his 34th double-digit scoring game of the season and seventh 20-point performance. Bullock finishes his career with 1,404 points.
  • Senior Kyron Cartwright distributed nine assists to finish his career ranked third on the school’s all-time assists list with 646.
  • Sophomore Alpha Diallo posted his fourth 20-point game of the season, finishing with 21 points.

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy



Aggie players Admon Gilder, Tyler Davis & Robert Williams



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Women’s Tennis Shuts Out Missouri, 4-0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas– The Texas A&M women’s tennis team had an exciting finish in doubles and then cruised to three straight-set singles victories to shut out Missouri, 4-0, today at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

With the win, the 42nd-ranked Aggies improve to 11-4, including 2-3 in Southeastern Conference matches and end a three-match losing skid. The Tigers, 11-7 overall, left town still looking for their first conference win as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss to fall to 0-4 in league play.

Missouri got off to a strong start in doubles and appeared poised to run away with the point as Ellie Wright and Mackenzy Middlebrooks defeated A&M’s freshman duo of Riley McQuaid and Dorthea Faa-Hviding, 6-0 at the No. 3 line. When that match finished, A&M had a comfortable lead on Court 2, but Missouri’s Marta Oliveira and Clare Raley looked as though they were on pace to clinch the point for the Tigers as they held a 5-1 lead over A&M’s senior pair of Eva Paalma and Domenica Gonzalez.

By the time A&M’s Tatiana Makarova and Iulia Ivascu completed a 6-2 win over Amina Ismail and Serena Nash at No. 2 to even the race for the doubles point, Paalma and Gonzalez had won three consecutive games to get within 5-4. They went on to stretch the win streak to five straight games to take a 6-5 lead after winning back-to-back no-ad points. The Tigers won the next game to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was tied at 4-4 before the Aggies reeled off three straight points to complete the major comeback and give A&M a 1-0 lead.

The singles wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the Aggies won the first set on all six courts and went on to win three matches in straight sets. In addition, A&M held second-set leads in all three matches that went unfinished.

Faa-Hviding gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead after reeling off 10 consecutive games to close out a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Raley at the No. 6 line.

Gonzalez, ranked No. 111 in singles, put A&M ahead, 3-0, with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Nash at No. 1, and Paalma clinched the Aggies’ victory with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Gruber at No. 3.

In the matches that went unfinished, Macarena Olivares was ahead, 6-4, 3-0 against Middlebrooks at No. 2, McQuaid was leading Wright, 6-2, 4-3 at No. 4, and Makarova held a 6-2, 5-4 lead over Ismail at No. 5.

The match marked the start of a six-match home stand for the Aggies. A&M returns to the Mitchell Tennis Center on Saturday to play host to No. 33 Arkansas. First serve is at 12 p.m. and many former players will be in attendance for the program’s Legacy Day reunion.

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Texas A&M Postmatch Quotes:

Head Coach Mark Weaver
On today’s match…
“Overall we did a great job, there were some very difficult conditions with the wind, especially in the doubles. We no doubt didn’t play our best in the doubles, but nothing but determination and perseverance pulled out the doubles point for us. At the end of the day, it looked like we were likely going to win all the singles matches or at least had a chance to. I do feel psychologically, that it definitely helped us, we were way down, 5-1, in No. 1 doubles and came back. It was definitely a critical point in the match. We really played tough tennis out there, it was windy, not the easiest conditions out there. To end the day, we definitely kept a lot more balls in play than they did. I’m very pleased; any win in the conference is a big win. We have such a difficult conference. To win it, 4-0, and looking good in the remaining three, yeah I couldn’t be happier.”

On big comeback at No. 1 doubles…
“There were some awkward things happening. We lost the first two games with no add and I believe we lost another no add game about two-thirds through the set. Just tricky things happening in the wind. We just really stepped it up, and went for our shots a little more and kept our composure. At the end of the day, we were fortunate enough to win a few more big points than they did.”

Tennis Match Results
Mizzou vs Texas A&M
3/15/2018 at College Station, Texas
(George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)

#42 Texas A&M 4, Mizzou 0

Singles competition
1. #111 Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) def. Serena Nash (MIZ) 6-3, 6-1
2. Macarena Olivares (A&M) vs. Mackenzy Middlebrooks (MIZ) 6-4, 3-0, unfinished
3. Eva Paalma (A&M) def. Taylor Gruber (MIZ) 6-4, 6-2
4. Riley McQuaid (A&M) vs. Ellie Wright (MIZ) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
5. Tatiana Makarova (A&M) vs. Amina Ismail (MIZ) 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
6. Dorthea Faa-Hviding (A&M) def. Clare Raley (MIZ) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Domenica Gonzalez/Eva Paalma (A&M) def. Marta Oliveira/Clare Raley (MIZ) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Tatiana Makarova/Iulia Ivascu (A&M) def. Amina Ismail/Serena Nash (MIZ) 6-2
3. Ellie Wright/Mackenzy Middlebrooks (MIZ) def. Riley McQuaid/Dorthea Faa-Hviding (A&M) 6-0

Match Notes:
Missouri 11-7, 0-4 SEC
Texas A&M 11-4, 2-3 SEC; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,3)

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No. 6 Texas A&M tops No. 18 Notre Dame at the Mitchell Tennis Center

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 6 Texas A&M men’s tennis team topped No. 18 Notre Dame Thursday evening at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. The Aggies (11-3, 3-0 SEC) bested the Fighting Irish (10-7, 2-0 ACC) in their first match at home in over a month.

With the win Texas A&M improved their all-time record against Notre Dame to 6-4 and claimed their third ranked win this spring.

The Maroon & White claimed the doubles point to open the match for the eighth time in 12 matches this spring. No. 14 Jordi Arconada and Juan Carlos Aguilar were the first match off the court with the 6-3 win over No. 55 Brendon Kempin and Tristan McCormick on the top court. After Richard Ciammarra and Matt Gamble topped Patrick Kypson and Barnaby Smith, 6-3, on court two the Aggies needed a win from Valentin Vacherot and AJ Catanzariti on court three to secure the point. The A&M duo delivered with the 6-4 victory to give the home team the early advantage.

No. 37 Arconada wasted little time in doubling the A&M advantage, in just over an hour the senior defeated Ciammarra 6-0, 6-4 on court two to push the Aggies ahead 2-0.  Arconada’s doubles partner, Aguilar, wasn’t far behind, the freshman ousted McCormick 6-3, 6-2 on court four to make the score 3-0 in the Aggies favor.

No. 109 Catanzariti clinched the win for the home squad, defeating Grayson Broadus 6-3, 6-4 on court six. Moments later, No. 10 Arthur Rinderknech defeated No. 33 Alex Lebedev 6-2, 6-4 on the top court to push the lead to 5-0.

The Fighting Irish claimed the final two matches of the night, Matt Gamble topped Barnaby Smith, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 on court five followed by a 2-6, 7-6(7), 1-0[3] win by Guillermo Cabrera over No. 31 Vacherot on court four, to make the final score 5-2.

Texas A&M returns to SEC play as they take on LSU (8-6, 1-3) Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (CT) at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies topped the Tigers 4-0 earlier this season in College Station at the ITA Kick Off Weekend on January 28.

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Post Match Quote
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Head Coach
On playing at home and the win…
“We are happy to be home first of all, it was the first match on our courts in over a month and a half. That part was really good and then we were able to do a good job there, securing the doubles point and staying ahead by winning a lot of first sets. I was pleased with that, you know these non-conference matches are a little tricky, as we get into conference, we got a conference match on Sunday and obviously TCU next week. Our guys have to stay in the moment and take care of these matches one at a time, but like what I said I’m happy that we are back home and I thought our guys competed hard, and I was pleased overall with how we played tonight.”

On players that impressed him…
“Well Jordi Arconada has been playing lights out, he was the first guy off the court and won the doubles, he and Juan Carlos Aguilar were both really good. Arthur Rinderknech played in a pro tournament earlier today, playing five sets today shows a lot of character and I was really proud of him, the way he competed out there and played considering all the tennis he had played today and the disappointment of losing the match earlier. Then getting back here just in time for the singles matches, I was really pleased with that effort, which shows a lot of senior leadership there.”

Tennis Match Results
Notre Dame vs Texas A&M
Mar 15, 2018 at College Station, TX
(George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)

#6 Texas A&M 5, #18 Notre Dame 2

Singles competition
1. #10 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #33 Alex Lebedev (ND) 6-2, 6-4
2. #37 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-0, 6-4
3. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. #31 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 1-0 (10-3)
4. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-3, 6-2
5. Matt Gamble (ND) def. Barnaby Smith (TAMU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
6. #109 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #14 Jordi Arconada/Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. #55 Brendon Kempin/Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-3
2. Richard Ciamarra/Matt Gamble (ND) def. Patrick Kypson/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) 6-3
3. Valentin Vacherot/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Guillermo Cabrera/Alex Lebedev (ND) 6-4

Match Notes:
Notre Dame 10-7, 2-0; National ranking #18
Texas A&M 11-3. 3-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (2, 4, 6, 1, 5, 3)

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Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Previews NCAA First Round Match-up Versus Drake

(L-R: Khaalia Hillsman, Danni Williams, Anriel Howard, Gary Blair)

Texas A&M Women’s basketball coach Gary Blair and three Aggie players met with the media Thursday to preview their NCAA Tournament first round game against Drake.

The No. 4-seeded Aggies (24-9, 11-5 SEC) take on the No. 14-seeded Lady Bulldogs (26-7, 18-0 Missouri Valley) Friday at 1 p.m. at Reed Arena.

The winner advances to take on the winner of No. 5 seed DePaul and No. 12 seed Oklahoma Sunday.

Broadcast begins at 1:15 p.m. with Tom Turbiville and Tap Bentz on Willy 1550/98.7 FM &



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My Aggie Nation Podcast: What is Olsen Section 203?

The epicenter of heckling at Blue Bell Park sits on the right side of the balcony in Section 203. Robert White, one of the original members of the rowdy fan group, joined the podcast to discuss a few of the group’s traditions and break down the Aggie baseball squad. Also, hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor preview the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments.


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Szeryk One Stroke Off The Lead To Put Women’s Golf In Fourth After 36 Holes In Hawaii

KANE’OHE, Hawai’i- Maddie Szeryk shot a 2-over 146 and is just one shot off the lead, to lead the Texas A&M women’s golf team after 36 holes at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course.

The Aggies are tied for fourth with a 44-over 620 over the two rounds in the opening day of the tournament, shooting 303-317 on the par 72 / 6,096 yard course. No. 6 Texas leads the tournament with a 13-over 589 after two rounds. The Aggies are looking for their sixth Top 5 finish in eight events this season.

Szeryk, last year’s individual champion at the event, sits one stroke behind Texas’ Kaitlyn Papp after the first day of play, notching her 16th par-or-better round of the season with an even par 72 in the second round, following a 2-over 74 to open the day.

Courtney Dow is tied for 14th, shooting 72-81=153 (+9) on a Tuesday where the field averaged 80.9 strokes per round. Chloe Velasco is tied for 44th with a 77-84=161 (+12), two strokes ahead of teammate Amber Park, who is tied for 46th with a 80-82=162 (+18). Elizabeth Caldarelli shot a 90-82=172 (+28) to tie for 64th to round out the Aggie lineup. Ariana Saenz, competing as an individual, shot an 83-83=166 (+22) to tie for 54th.

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Aggies Drop 18 Inning Affair to UT Arlington

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies lost an 18-inning decision to the UT Arlington Mavericks, 5-1, in the longest game in school annals in terms of innings.

Six Aggie pitchers combined to keep the Mavericks off the scoreboard for the first 17 frames. The most notable being relievers Cason Sherrodand Asa Lacy. Sherrod worked 5.2 innings, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out three. Lacy pitched 4.2 innings, yielding two hits and one walk while striking out five. Starter Chandler Jozwiak worked 4.0 innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out five.

Michael Helman, Chris Andritsos and Logan Foster each logged two hits for the Aggies and A&M drew 11 walks, but they were ultimately doomed by 19 runners left on base and two errors committed in the 18th inning.

The Aggies previously played a pair of 16 inning games, one against TCU in 2015 and one against Arkansas in 1989.


T18 | R.J. Williams started the inning with a gapper to left-center for a single. Kyle Richardson spelled Jason Ruffcorn (0-1) on the mound and induced a fly ball to rightfield which was misplayed by Baine Schoenvogel, resulting in a three-base error and sending Williams home with the game’s first run. Zac Cook singled to right to knock in Vaughan and knock Richardson out of the contest. After Dustin Saenz took the mound, Cook stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Omar Salinas. Saenz walked Aaron Funk and Mason Cole walked Will Olson to load the bases. Josh Minjarez hit a ground ball to Chris Andritsos at first base, but Andritsos throw home sailed left of the catcher, allowing two runs to score. Cole ended the frame with two pop ups and a groundout. UTA 5, A&M 0.

B18 | Chandler Morris drew a pinch-hit walk. After Cole Taylor struck out and George Janca popped up to second base, Zach DeLoach singled to center to put runners on the corners. DeLoach took second on defensive indifference and a balk pushed across the Aggies’ lone run of the game. A groundout by Helman ended the game. UTA 5, A&M 1.


The Aggies open SEC play Friday with a 7 p.m. contest at Auburn.

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress



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