April 12, 2011

Matt Westmoreland named Southland Conference Player of the Week after unbeaten week

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi freshman Matt Westmoreland picked up his first Southland Conference honor of the season on Tuesday after being named the league's men's tennis Player of the Week. Westmorland went undefeated in his two matches last week to help the Islanders win the regular-season championship.

Last Monday the native of Hawaii won a two-set match against Sebastien Job of UTPA by a 6-3, 6-4 final as he clinched the match for the Islanders in a 6-1 win. The win helped his team avenge their only Southland Conference loss suffered in the past four seasons.

On Thursday, he did the same against fellow Southland unbeaten UTSA, winning a tough, three-set match at the No. 5 position. He was down a set and then a break in the third but reeled off five-straight games to clinch the team's fourth-straight Southland Conference Championship. The point would be essential as Texas A&M - Corpus Christi would go on to win a 4-3 final.

"We're incredibly proud of Matt," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "He rose up and delivered a huge win for our team at the biggest moment and when we needed him most.

"You can't ask much more of a freshman in such a big moment."

On the season, Westmoreland posted a 14-7 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Southland Conference matches. He went 3-0 at the No. 5 singles spot in Southland matches as the team marched to another title.

"He's put so much heart into this season and his attitude is such a good representative of our team," said Moore. "His gritty, blue collar-style of play is a great example of the way the Islanders play."

Next up for the Islanders will be the Southland Conference Tournament on April 29-30 in San Antonio. The team will try to win its third title in four years after being unable to participate last season.