October 26, 2010

Islanders tennis teams conclude strong showing at ITA Texas Regionals

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi tennis teams recently concluded conclude their fall (individual) season with a very strong third day at the ITA Texas Regionals.

In the women's regional at Baylor, all three women's doubles teams won their first round matches. In the men's regional at Texas A&M, the men's team of James Langford and Laurent Montoisy also won their opening round match in the doubles bracket.

The team of Robert Raguz and Nathan Robinson made it all the way to the round of 16 before falling to the top doubles team from the Texas Longhorns and No. 3 seeded Jean Andersen and Ed Corrie. On the women's side, the team of Mirna Cicak and Stefania Nicolae also advanced to the round of 16, eventually bowing out to

The finalist and champion advanced to the national indoor tournament, consisting of the top 16 doubles teams in division I.

"This group of girls and guys worked extremely hard this fall and I felt like it really showed," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They also have worked hard in their conditioning and I thought that showed as they had very strong performances on the third day.

"This is a grueling tournament for all the players, starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 10 p.m. three days in-a-row. Physical and mental toughness play a huge role."

Montoisy, Langford and Raguz each won their first round main draw singles before losing to seeded players from Texas A&M, Texas and Baylor respectively.

Cicak, the junior captain of the Islanders women's team, won three matches in the back draw to conclude a very strong tournament. She won a total of five matches, three in singles and two in doubles.

The women won six matches total in the consolation bracket of the tournament, with Cicak advancing all the way to the quarterfinal round.

Freshmen Islanders Matt Westmoreland for the men and Sandra Bruges for the women had extremely strong showings as well. Westmoreland won two matches in the back draw, including over John Lewis from Texas A&M.

"Very strong showings from those freshmen, but to be honest I kind of expected it from them," said Moore. "They are extremely tough, hard-working and have great attitudes.

"Both are exceptionally tough competitors for freshmen and are very good additions to our teams."