Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis player Laurent Montoisy picked up his second Southland Men's Tennis Player of the Week award on Tuesday after the senior captain led his No. 62-ranked team to a 5-2 victory over the Nicholls Colonels on Sunday. It is the second weekly honor for Montoisy this year with the award being voted on by the league's sports information directors.
After sitting out the doubleheader against Prairie View A&M on Thursday, Montoisy returned to action in dominating fashion, taking a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Damjan Despotovski at the No. 1 singles position. Earlier in the dual match, he teamed up with Gergo Weidinger to take an 8-5 win over Damjan Despotovski and Palash Tiwari in No. 1 doubles.
The win pushed Texas A&M - Corpus Christi to 6-4 on the season, with the last five coming in-a-row as the team has achieved a No. 62 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls. The win also gave the Islanders their 17th win in their last 18 regular season Southland matches, a period that spans four seasons.
Montoisy is 18-1 in singles matches against Southland Conference opponents over his career and has done just well off the court, holding a 3.0 GPA in finance.
"What I'm most proud of about Laurent is the great leader he has become and how mentally tough he's become on the court," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "No matter what gets thrown his way, he stays in the present, shows poise and makes the right adjustments to win.
"He has grown tremendously in that area. Laurent's leadership is one of the key reasons this team has such great chemistry and is competing so hard as a group."
The last time Montoisy received the award was the week following his team's defeat of then No.49 TCU. The Horned Frogs have risen to a current ranking of No. 47 in the nation since the loss to the Islanders.
The next time the team will be in action, it will be against the No. 7 Texas Longhorns on March 5 in Austin. It will be Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's seventh match against a team that has been ranked by the ITA this season.