February 2, 2011

Montoisy named Southland Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's Laurent Montoisy had a big singles win to clinch an even bigger team win and has been recognized as the Southland Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

"One of the best dual matches I've ever been a part of," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Just an incredible show of heart and guts from Laurent, he just never quit."

Montoisy, a senior from Lasne, Belgium, turned his ankle and was forced to retire from a match against No. 9 Baylor on Friday afternoon. The injury was unable to keep Montoisy from playing the very next day however, as he took part in a marathon tiebreaker at the No. 1 doubles position as he and James Langford came up just short, losing 8-7 (14-12) to the No. 55-ranked doubles team from TCU.

Even after the extended doubles match, Montoisy continued on and played the No. 1 singles position against TCU. After the Islanders came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the dual match at 3-3, the match rested on the shoulders of Montoisy. He did not disappoint, as he fell behind 0-2, 40-15 in the third set but came roaring back to take the set and win a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 win and give Texas A&M - Corpus Christi a 4-3 win over the No. 49-ranked TCU Horned Frogs.

"When you see a guy fight that hard for his team and you see the team rise up and pulling them through, you see what college athletics is really all about," said Moore. "Resiliency, poise, courage and character is what it's all about and he showed a lot of all of those things in a very big moment.

"Especially considering we had taken some lumps earlier in the season, his leadership really turned the momentum for the whole season."

The team is now all but certain to return to the ITA national rankings when they are released on Thursday. The Islanders had been ranked every week for four-straight years before falling out of the rankings last season.

Montoisy has helped the Islanders to a 2-4 record, with the wins coming over No. 74 Utah State and No. 49 TCU, all while on the road. The team will see their first home match of the year on Sunday, February 13 when they host Louisiana-Lafayette. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Corpus Christi.