CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The No. 54 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team picked up its third victory in four days on Monday, taking a 6-1 final over Middle Tennessee State in the afternoon at the Corpus Christi Country Club. They also beat the Blue Raiders in the opening round of the HEB Tournament of Champions on Friday.
"These guys showed incredible courage today because the HEB this weekend was grueling," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They had to endure playing three matches in two days and then come out again today.
"These guys had one day off. They got an ice bath and went out to play tough, relentless tennis again today."
The Islanders are now 9-6 on the year with the win while MTSU falls to 4-8 after the loss. The team won both complete doubles matches and won 5-of-6 singles matches to take a dominating victory.
"Nobody bailed out or tried to cut corners and win the easy way," said Moore. "It's all about paying the price one point at a time and that is exactly what these guys did today.
"They did an excellent job of competing with spirit and controlling the things they can control."
In doubles, James Langford and Aurelien Tave won the first match at No. 2, taking an 8-3 final to put their team up 1-0. At No. 1 doubles, Laurent Montoisy and Gergo Weidinger won their match by an 8-6 final to clinch the point for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. The new combination of Matt Westmoreland and Robert Raguz were up 5-4 at No. 3 when the point was clinched.
In singles, Montoisy quickly made it 2-0 after a 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 position. Weidinger made it 3-0 with a three-set victory by a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 6 singles. Raguz clinched the victory for his team at No. 4 singles, taking a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) victory in a closely contested match.
In the other singles matches, Westmoreland put his team up 5-0 with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 and Tave made it 6-0 with a 4-6, 6-1, 10-5 win at the No. 3 position. The final point of the match went to the Blue Raiders as they had their usual No. 1 player was playing the No. 2 position and just slipped past Langford by a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 final to finish the match at a 6-1 final.
Next up for the Islanders will be the Rice Galleria Invite on March 18-20 in Houston. They will take on Central Florida, South Florida and Rice in the three-day tournament.
Tennis Match Results
Middle Tennessee vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
3/7/2011 at Corpus Christi, Texas
#54 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, Middle Tennessee 1
1. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) def. Matthew Langley (MT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Shaun Waters (MT) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
3. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) def. Ben Davis (MT) 4-6, 6-1, 10-5
4. Robert Raguz (AMCC) def. Elliott Barnwell (MT) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6)
5. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Dimitri Pippos (MT) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. Kyle Wishing (MT) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
1. Laurent Montoisy/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. Shaun Waters/Ben Davis (MT) 8-6
2. James Langford/Aurelien Tave (AMCC) def. Matthew Langley/Elliott Barnwell (MT) 8-3
3. Matt Westmoreland/Robert Raguz (AMCC) vs. Dimitri Pippos/Kyle Wishing (MT) 6-5, unfinished
Middle Tennessee 4-8
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-6; National ranking #54
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,4,5,3,2)