LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team took on the first of many ranked opponents this year in the season opener, falling by a 6-1 final to No. 67 New Mexico State Aggies on the road. The Islanders will face Utah State tomorrow in the second match of its road trip.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is now 0-1 on the season after fighting a tough match and competing very well against the nationally-ranked Aggies team.
"We fought hard today but give credit to New Mexico State, they're a very high-level team this year and they're very good at home," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "We lost three nail-biter matches that if we won would have put us over the top, but we let those slip away today.
"Overall, I thought we did a good job today of the things we could control, we just didn't rise up and take it when it was there for us."
In singles action, true freshman Matt Westmoreland picked up a win in the first match of his college career, defeating Armando Morales by a 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 final at No. 6 singles.
"I was very proud of Matt Westmoreland playing his first college dual match ever," said Moore. "I thought he showed tremendous fight and tremendous poise."
Returning No. 1 singles player Laurent Montoisy took his match down to the wire before suffering a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 defeat against No. 74 Arthur Surreaux, a player who originally signed with the Islanders. No. 4 singles featured another three-setter as Robert Raguz won the first set but was unable to secure the win, falling 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Matej Stakne.
In No. 2 singles, James Langford bowed out 6-1, 6-4 to Jim Brouleau while newcomer Aurelien Tave took a 6-4, 6-0 defeat against Orlando Superlano at No. 3 singles. The final singles match was a close 6-4, 7-5 loss by Gergo Weidinger, who was also playing his first-ever college dual match, to Luis Ramirez in the No. 5 position.
In doubles matches, the No. 3 team of Nathan Robinson and Raguz picked up a hard-fought 9-8 win over Stakne and Morales. No. 1 doubles was just as close, with the senior duo of Montoisy and Langford falling 9-8 to the No. 34 ranked team of Surreaux and Brouleau. Rounding out play was the No. 2 doubles match between the team of Westmoreland and Alex Pavlov falling 8-3 to Superlano and Ramirez.
Next up for the Islanders team is a 2 p.m. match against Utah Valley in Las Cruces on Friday.
"The spring is a long journey, this match is over and we've got to learn from it but stay in the present," said Moore. "We have another challenge tomorrow from another tough team from the WAC."
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs New Mexico State
1/20/2011 at Las Cruces, N.M.
#67 New Mexico State 6, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1
1. #74 Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) def. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
2. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-1, 6-4
3. Orlando Superlano (NMSU) def. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) 6-4, 6-0
4. Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Robert Raguz (AMCC) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 6-4, 7-5
6. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Armando Morales (NMSU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-3
1. #34 Arthur Surreaux/Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. Laurent Montoisy/James Langford (AMCC) 9-8
2. Orlando Superlano/Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Matt Westmoreland/Alex Pavlov (AMCC) 8-3
3. Nathan Robinson/Robert Raguz (AMCC) def. Matej Stakne/Armando Morales (NMSU) 9-8
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0-1
New Mexico State 1-0; National ranking #67