March 2, 2011

No. 54 Islanders fall to No. 5 Texas on the road

AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 54 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team lost a 7-0 final to the No. 5 Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night on the road.

"No doubt this is one of the best four or five teams in Division I and a team capable of winning the national championship," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "It takes four points to win one of these tennis matches, and we had an opportunity to win four points had we just risen up a little more.

"There is very little margin for error against a team this good."

The Islanders are now 6-5 on the year, losing for the first time in the last six matches. The Longhorns improve to 11-1 on the season with the win.

"You've got to play every point with intensity and you won't get a lot of second chances," said Moore. "When you have an opportunity, you better rise up and grab it.

"We're learning and getting better every week. We got beat by a better team today, give them credit."

In doubles action, the team of Laurent Montoisy and Gergo Weidinger came close to upsetting the No. 27-ranked doubles team of Kellen Damico and David Holiner before falling by an 8-6 final at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Robert Raguz and Nathan Robinson lost 8-4 to Chris Camillone and Vasko Mladenov while James Langford and Aurelien Tave also lost an 8-4 match to Alex Hilliard and Daniel Whitehead at the No. 3 position.

In singles matches, the Islanders had several close matches, but were unable to pull out a win against the Longhorns. The closest came at No. 6 singles where Weidinger won the first set before losing in a three-set tiebreak 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 to Sudanwa Sitaram after being up 7-4 in the tiebreaker.

"Our guys competed as hard as you can ask," said Moore. "We just didn't rise up when we had some chances.

"There is a big difference between competing hard and competing with freedom. We have to stay loose at key times, and that's our job as coaches to teach them how to do that."

No. 5 singles had Matt Westmoreland losing a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) final against Holiner. Tave lost a 6-0, 7-6 (7-1) final to Whitehead at the No. 4 position. No. 1 singles had Montoisy falling 6-1, 6-2 to No. 91-ranked Ed Corrie while Langford lost 6-1, 6-0 to No. 61 Damico at the No. 2 spot. Raguz lost his match against No. 93 Mladenov 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot.

"They say you're either winning or you're learning. Today we did some learning," said Moore. "This group has a lot of character and is getting better every week.

"We may have lost today, but I'm extremely excited about what these next two and a half months hold. If we get to see another one of these types of matches in May, we may not let our four points slip away."

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is the HEB Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday. The Islanders will host No. 45 Maryland, No. 46 New Mexico, No. 50 BYU, No. 52 DePaul, Purdue, Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan in the event. Matches begin at 9 a.m. on Friday morning at the HEB Tennis Center.

Tennis Match Results

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Texas

3/1/2011 at

Tennis Match Results

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Texas

3/1/2011 at Austin, Texas

#5 Texas 7, #54 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0

Singles competition:

1. #91 Ed Corrie (TEXAS) def. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) 6-1, 6-2

2. #61 Kellen Damico (TEXAS) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-1, 6-0

3. #93 Vasko Mladenov (TEXAS) def. Robert Raguz (AMCC) 6-2, 6-2

4. Daniel Whitehead (TEXAS) def. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)

5. David Holiner (TEXAS) def. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

6. Sudanwa Sitaram (TEXAS) def. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7

Doubles competition:

1. #27 Kellen Damico/David Holiner (TEXAS) def. Laurent Montoisy/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 8-6

2. Chris Camillone/Vasko Mladenov (TEXAS) def. Robert Raguz/Nathan Robinson (AMCC) 8-4

3. Alex Hilliard/Daniel Whitehead (TEXAS) def. James Langford/Aurelien Tave (AMCC) 8-4

Match Notes:

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-5; National ranking #54

Texas 11-1; National ranking #5

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)

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