September 26, 2010

Men's tennis finishes up strong showing at Baylor HEB Invitational

WACO - Newcomers Aurelien Tave and Matt Westmoreland won two matches each, and Laurent Montoisy made the round of 16 in the main draw at one of the strongest tournaments in the nation as the Islanders concluded play in the Baylor HEB Invitational.

"This was a very good tournament for Laurent and Matt," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I thought we competed very well as a team and overall had a pretty strong showing."

For the tournament, the Islanders finished with wins over players from Oklahoma State, Maryland, Texas A&M, Air Force and UT Arlington.

"This is one of the strongest tournaments in Division I in the fall," said Moore. "We have a lot of hard work to do and lot of things to work on.

"The good thing about these tournaments is they bring those things to the surface."

On Saturday, Montoisy lost 6-3, 6-2 to No. 5 seed John Peers of Baylor in the round of 16. Peers was ranked top 20 in the national singles rankings last year and Baylor as a team finished No. 8 in the country.

Westmoreland started the day of with the opening round of the consolation bracket. There he beat Beau Blackshear of Texas A&M by a 6-2, 6-1 final and advanced to the quarterfinals and beat Alex Beaussart of Air Force by a 7-5, 6-7, 10-8 score.

Tave beat Brievc Hamon of UT Arlington 6-0, 6-1 before falling 6-2, 6-2 against Robert Verzaal of Baylor.

Nathan Robinson lost a match by a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 final against Austin Klores of Texas A&M.

In the only doubles match of the day, Tave and Westmoreland lost 8-3 against Tim Hewitt and Lucas Lopasso of Auburn.

Next up for the Islanders will be the Rice Invite on Oct. 1-3 in Houston.