HOUSTON - Laurent Montoisy and James Langford put up their best performance as a doubles team on Sunday morning, winning the tournament by beating Ben Chen and Sudanwa Sitaram from the University of Texas in the final of the doubles Blue Draw at the 2010 Holiday Inn Medical Center Rice Fall Invite.
The Blue Draw featured top doubles teams from LSU, Texas, Rice and UT Arlington. The Islanders team of Montoisy and Langford had to overcome extremely tough teams to win the title. They beat Rice in the quarterfinals, LSU in the semifinals and then Texas in the finals to claim the doubles championship at the tournament. In singles play, Montoisy lost 6-3, 6-2 to David Holiner of Texas while Langford's match was cancelled.
"This is directly attributed to how hard work every day in practice for a long time," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "There are simply things they do quite well now that they didn't do well a year ago.
"We're certainly very proud of them."
Their match was a nail biter as Texas was up a break almost the entire match, but Langford and Montoisy broke back in a key game at 7-6. They held off three break points at 7-7 and eventually won the game to go up 8-7.
Texas was resilient, fighting off four match points before a Montoisy backhand return won the match for the Islanders.
"I'm very proud of the way they played," said Moore. "There is a difference between competing hard and competing with freedom.
"They have really learned how to play the big points at key times."
It is the first time the Islanders have won an ITA event since 2005 when Andrey Kumantsov and Mike Pavlov won the ITA Regionals and represented the state of Texas at the ITA National Indoor Tournament at Ohio State.
Montoisy and Langford are hoping to become the first team ever to advance to the NCAA Championships in doubles for A&M - Corpus Christi.
"These two guys are certainly capable and played that level this weekend," said Moore. "But that is a tough year-long journey that requires an incredible amount of sustained focus over the next nine months if they want that reward."