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A&M men to contest match after incident

A&M men to contest match after incident

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Texas A&M will file an appeal of its 4-3 men's tennis loss to Oklahoma State because one of the OSU players spit on a fan, said Milton Overton, A&M associate athletic director for tennis.

After OSU's Juan Felipe Diaz lost in singles to A&M's Conor Pollock in straight sets, he went in the stands to watch the remaining matches. That's where he spit on Texas A&M student Andrew Parr, who had been watching the Diaz-Pollock match.

"We were pretty rowdy in that area," said Parr, who is a senior on the A&M men's golf team. "I think he was obviously really annoyed and frustrated after his match.

"After his match, he came up in the stands to watch his teammate's match [at No. 6 singles]. And as he walked by, he spit on my face."

Parr said he was shocked and didn't know what to do when Diaz spit on him.

"I was frustrated," Parr said. "I confronted him. I didn't act violent. I said, 'What's your deal?'"

Overton said he took statements from about 10 fans sitting around Parr who confirmed that Diaz spit on Parr.

One umpire, Sarah Lammerts, told Overton that Diaz admitted to her that he had spit on a fan. However, head umpire Randy McDonald said that Diaz told him he'd spit in the stands, but not at a fan.

McDonald said that since no umpire witnessed it, they couldn't assess a penalty.


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