The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team will open its 2011 season at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
The Islanders will be looking to get the season started off with a statement as New Mexico State is a perennial power in college tennis. The Aggies come into the new season with a No. 67 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.
Both teams will be playing their first match, with the Islanders looking to return to form with its top player, senior Laurent Montoisy, back on the court after redshirting last year. Other returnees include No. 2 singles player James Langford, Robert Raguz at No. 3 singles, Alex Pavlov at the No. 4 singles position. Nathan Robinson and Andrew Maingot round out the returning group with both players seeing time at more than one position last year.
Newcomers to the team will be Gergo Weidinger from Budapest, Hungary and Matt Westmoreland from Oahu, Hawaii while transfer Aurelien Tave is a transfer from Troy University and originally comes from St. Gilles les Bains, Reunion Island.
The Aggies feature the No. 74 player in the nation, Arthur Surreaux, returning to lead the team. They finished the 2010 season ranked as the No. 66 team in the nation and return a strong group of players for the 2011 campaign.
In addition to the match on Thursday, the Islanders will also play Utah State on Friday in Las Cruces. That match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start as well.