July 2, 2012

Top Moment #8: Men’s Tennis Wins Tight Match Over Cowboys in HEB Tournament

CORPUS CHRISTI - Throughout the summer of 2012, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2011-12 school year.

Every Wednesday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Mondays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.

Top Moment #8: Men's Tennis Wins Tight Match Over Cowboys in HEB Tournament

Since 1966, Corpus Christi has always been home to the HEB Tournament of Champions. This year, the Islanders men's tennis program finished 3rd in the tournament after a hard-earned victory over Oklahoma State.

The match started a bit shaky as Oklahoma State took the doubles point defeating the number two doubles 9-7, and the number one spot 8-5.

 Alex Pavlov defeated Cowboy Adolfo Aires by default at No. 6 singles, putting one point on the board for the Islanders.

Peter Nagy was defeated in close sets of 6-4, 6-3 at number one singles. Nathan Robinson was defeated also in close sets of 6-3, 7-5.

The Islanders were down 3-1 and the win at the number four spot pushed it to a 3-2 match.

Pietro Jordao kept the momentum going for the Islanders as he defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-3. Things were starting to look up as the Islanders needed only one more point to win the match.

It came down to Aurelien Tave and Chris Haworth at the number two spot. Tave took the first set in tiebreak, 7-6, to earn a 1-0 lead. But in the second set, Haworth bounced back to take a 3-1 lead heading to his serve. Tave earned a crucial break to trim it to 3-2, then pushed it to 3-3 with a win at his serve. Haworth got a game on serve to make it 4-3, then Tave took the next two games to go to the serve up 5-4. The senior then finished off Haworth with an ace to give the Islanders the victory.

 

"The courage and guts Aurelien showed were unbelievable. He rose up so big when we needed him," Moore said. "But to be honest, he has always done that. A pure fighter with the biggest heart ever – that's Aurelien."

This win marks the third time that the Islanders have beaten a Big 12 team over the last four years (Nebraska, Texas Tech, OSU).

Top Performances:

June 13 - #10: Ryann White Leads the Field Through First Round of Rio Verde Invite

June 20 - #9: Terence Jones Scores Career-High 33 in Islanders Win Over Texas State

June 27 - #8: Myles and Taylor Light It Up Against NW State

Top Moments:

June 18 - #10: Women's Basketball and Men's Basketball Sweep Turkey Tuesday Doubleheader

June 25 - #9: Krista Fenniak Knocks Home an Eagle from 110 yards at Southland Conference

July 2 - #8: Men's Tennis Wins Tight Match Over Cowboys in HEB Tournament