COLLEGE STATION - the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team finished up play on Saturday with a good showing in the prestigious ITA Texas Regional. The tournament is made up of players from the Texas Region. The NCAA is made up of 12 regions, with each sending their champions to play at the ITA Indoor Nationals. Islanders Director of Tennis Steve Moore is the Texas Region Chairman.
No. 17-seed Laurent Montoisy had a big day for the Islanders, winning a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 match against Jeff Bryan from Texas Tech. He will move on to face Jean Andersen from Texas on Sunday. Robert Raguz won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Lucas Leppin from UT Arlington before losing 6-2, 6-1 against Luis Grangeiro from Baylor. Matt Westmoreland also advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Victor Alves from Texas - Pan American before falling 6-3, 6-3 to Brian Griffin of SMU.
James Langford won his opening match 6-4, 6-3 over Yannick Junger from UTSA before losing a tough match against Colin Hoover, the No. 15 seed from Texas A&M, by a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 score in three sets. Aurelien Tave lost his second round match in a heartbreaker, falling 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) against Martin Ayala from UTSA. Nathan Robinson lost his opening match against former Islanders player David Pace of Texas Tech by a 6-4, 6-1 final.
Westmoreland will face David Gonzalez of Texas Tech on Sunday, with the winner advancing to play Raguz in the second round of the consolation bracket.
"Robert, Laurent and Matt played very well in their first round matches," said Moore. "James and Aurelien had great opportunities to win and I really respect the way they competed.
"It's why we stress so hard to play every point with intensity and not give anything away, both of those matches came down to two or three points over the course of three hours."
In doubles action, Montoisy and Langford won 8-6 over Beau Blackshear and Robert Verzaal of Baylor before falling to the No. 9-seeded Texas A&M team of Alberto Bautista and Hoover by an 8-4 final. Westmoreland and Tave lost 8-4 to Alex Hilliard and Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas.
Raguz and Robinson beat Peter Frank and Philipp Seifert of Rice by a 9-8 score, saving four match points before winning the tiebreaker 10-8 to advance to third round.
"Overall, I felt the teams competed extremely well today, we are getting better," said Moore. "We know we have a lot to work on but we have the right mentalities and right attitudes."