FT. WORTH – The No. 68 Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's tennis team lost a hard-fought 4-2 match against No. 51 TCU in hostile territory on Wednesday night, playing in front of nearly 400 fans at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center for the Horned Frogs home opener. The Islanders were down 4-2 when the match was stopped due to time constraints, with the two coaches agreeing before the match to stop after the first team reached four points and to finish any matches that were close to completion.
"We competed our tails off tonight, we didn't give them anything," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I was proud of our guys. We lost to a very good team tonight at home. TCU did an incredible job tonight in their opening match, bringing out over 400 people and competing with a lot of spirit at home.
"Give them a lot of credit, they were tough as nails tonight and provide a great college atmosphere."
The Islanders, who played two freshmen and a sophomore in their top six, are now 2-3 on the season after falling to their second nationally-ranked opponent in as many matches. The No. 51 Horned Frogs began the year 1-0 with the win on Wednesday evening. The match was the final of the five-match road match to open the season for the Islanders, with their next opponent being No. 19 Texas at home to open the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
"This group is really young and I getting excited about their ability," said Moore. "Playing five teams that were ranked last year to start the season is no picnic, but this is how you get good. This is how you learn that you have to max out every point and you can't give anything away."
In doubles action, Alex Pavlov and Nathan Robinson lost an 8-4 match at the No. 3 position to start the action. TCU then clinched the point with an 8-3 victory at No. 1 over Peter Nagy and Gergo Weidinger to make it a 1-0 score. Aurelien Tave and Matt Westmoreland competed until the end before falling 7-6 (7-4) at the No. 2 position.
In singles, the Islanders knotted the score at 1-1 when Weidinger won at the No. 3 position after his opponent retired from the match. Fernando Llorens also came out on top at No. 5 singles, winning his fourth match in five tries with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) final.
It was not enough however, as Aurelien Tave lost 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2, Westmoreland fell 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 and Nagy lost 6-2, 7-5 in a tough No. 1 singles match.
"The thing I like about this group, whether we're winning or losing, we're competing unbelievably hard from start to finish," said Moore. "We're sticking together and there is a ton of character and encouragement with this group.
"Those are the keys to long-term success, and I believe this group is committed to it."
Next up for the Islanders will be a Feb. 12 match at the all-new Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center on the Momentum Campus of Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. It will be the first-ever men's tennis regular-season match at the facility, and they will christen it with a contest against No. 19 Texas at 2 p.m. that Sunday.
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Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs TCU
01/25/2012 at Ft. Worth, Texas
#51 TCU 5, #68 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 2
1. Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Peter Nagy (AMCC) 6-2, 7-5
2. JT Sundling (TCU) def. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) 6-3, 6-1
3. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. Orlando Superlano (TCU) 0-1, retired
4. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 6-4, 6-3
5. Fernando Llorens (AMCC) def. Max Stevens (TCU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Paul Chappell (TCU) def. Nathan Robinson (AMCC) 6-3, 1-3, unf
1. Nick Chappell/JT Sundling (TCU) def. Peter Nagy/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 8-3
2. Daniel Sanchez/Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Aurelien Tave/Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Paul Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Alex Pavlov/Nathan Robinson (AMCC) 8-4
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 2-3; National ranking #68
TCU 1-0; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,4,1,5)