CHRISTI - Throughout the summer of 2011, GoIslanders.com looked back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2010-11 school year.
Every Thursday, we brought you the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. This final installment of the Top Moments wraps up the 2010-11 recap for the Islanders with much more to come in 2011-12.
Top Moment # 1: Men's Tennis Wins Southland Tournament Title
On May 5, the No. 70 Texas A&M- Corpus Christi Men's Tennis Team faced the possibility of their last match of the season at the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament against UTSA. The Islanders' tough 4-1 victory over the Roadrunners garnered the men's tennis team an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships for the third time in four seasons and the fourth time in program history.
Refusing to lose, the Islanders fought with tenacity as the doubles point was eerily similar to the first time the two teams played, as they split the No. 2 and 3 matches. Co-captain James Langford and junior Aurelien Tave won an 8-3 match at No. 2 while junior Robert Raguz and sophomore Matt Westmoreland fell by an 8-6 final at the No. 3 position that left the deciding point up to No. 1 doubles.
The previous time the teams met, UTSA won a 9-8 (7-2) final over co-captain Laurent Montoisy and junior Gergo Weidinger. It was just the opposite this time, with the Islanders taking a 9-8 (7-2) win to secure the first point of the match.
In singles, it was a battle of wills as only two matches went two sets. The first to finish was the No. 1 flight with Montoisy taking his first loss of the season against a Southland Conference opponent with a 6-2, 6-3 setback to tie the match at 1-1 after the first singles match. In No. 3 singles, Tave put his team back ahead with the only other two-set match of the day, taking a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) final to make it 2-1 for the Islanders.
With the tide seemingly turned against the Islanders, the team found a way to pull through, with the team unwilling to accept it as being the last match for captains Montoisy and Langford. The rest of the matches all went to a third set with Texas A&M – Corpus Christi coming out on top in the final two matches of the day to clinch the championship.
Raguz finished off his opponent at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win to make it a 3-1 contest.
The final match of the day was between Weidinger and Daniel Moser. In the first meeting between the two, Moser won in straight sets by a 6-2, 6-1 final. Weidinger was not going to let that happen to him again as he came out and took the first set on his way to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win and the title-clinching point for his team. Langford was still on the court and was ahead in the third at 2-6, 7-5, 3-2 when play was stopped. Next stop for the team was the NCAA Championships.
The Texas A&M- Corpus Christi Men's Tennis Team lost a hard-fought 4-1 final against No. 5 Baylor the first round of the NCAA Championships. The loss ended the season for the Southland Conference Champions. The Islanders finish a season that saw them return to the NCAA Tournament and win both the regular season and tournament titles for the Southland Conference Championships, as well as becoming the first team to ever sweep the postseason Southland awards. Montoisy was named Player of the Year, Tave garnered the Newcomer of the Year honor, Westmoreland picked up the Freshman of the Year award and Director of Tennis Steve Moore was named the Coach of the Year for the fifth-straight season.
June 16 - #10: Nikki Dunn battles the elements at Rio Verde Invitational
June 23 - #9: Jessica Jammer and Adrienne Scott Go Off Against UTPA
June 30 - #8: Justin Reynolds Scores 26 in Home Finale
July 7 - #7: Mirna Cicak knocks off No. 1 player from defending Southland Champion NW State
July 14 - #6: Patrick Kimeli qualifies for NCAA Championship
July 21 - #5: Emma Ridley has 26 kills and hits .339 in road win at SFA
July 28 - #4: Ryann White rallies for Top-3 Finish at Southland Championship
Aug. 4 - #3: Todd Simko tosses two-hitter at Southeastern
Aug. 11 - #2: Brittany Tucker hits three-straight homers
Aug. 18 - #1: Son Leads All Scorers at Southland Championship
June 21 - #10: Women's Tennis Defeats SFA to Give Them Fourth Loss of Year
June 28 - #9: Softball's Crazy Comeback Wins
July 5 - #8: Baseball's walk-off win over UTSA and comeback win over SFA at Southland Tournament
July 12 - #7: Men's Hoops Knocks Off Houston
July 19 - #6: Ernestine Cray Named Southland Freshman of the Year
July 26 - #5: Men's Tennis Clinches Regular Season Title
Aug. 2 - #4: Volleyball sweeps SFA
Aug. 9 - #3: Softball Wins Southland Title
Aug. 16 - #2: Baseball Beats Texas
Aug. 23 - #1: Men's Tennis Wins Southland Tournament Title