September 18, 2012
Nagy, Martin Clinch Singles Titles of Marco & Co. Islanders Open
CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Men's Tennis player Peter Nagy and Women's Tennis player Maider Martin won the finals of the singles draws of the Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open Tuesday night at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. Nagy won in straight sets over junior Matt Westmoreland while Martin clinched a super tiebreaker victory over defending Islanders Open champion Stefania Nicolae.
"Tonight was a special night," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "We were thrilled to see such a great turnout of over 180 people. We are very grateful for this type of support. One of our goals was to bring on ITA sanctioned fall tournament to Corpus Christi and play in front of the great Corpus Christi community. We are thankful beyond words to our generous sponsor Marco Mattolini and Marco & Co. Catering. Without their generosity, tonight's event could have never taken place."
Nagy clinched the men's singles title 6-3, 6-4 over Westmoreland, who finished as runner-up for the second straight year. The sophomore went up 2-1 in the first set before the two traded games. Nagy sealed the next two games to take a 5-2 advantage. Westmoreland captured the next game before Nagy finished things off by winning 6-3. In the second set, Westmoreland jumped out to a 2-1 lead before the two battled back and forth. The two were deadlocked at 4-4 until Nagy earned a break, then clinched the match on serve, 6-4.
In the women's singles draw, Nicolae returned to the singles finals match as well, looking to defend her title. In the first set it was all Nicolae, cruising to a 6-2 victory. Nicolae answered in the second, jumping out to a 3-1 lead before Martin captured three straight games to take a 4-3 lead. Nicolae won the next game but Martin took the next two to win 6-4 and force a super tiebreaker. The two battled and were deadlocked at 6-6 until Martin finished things off by sealing the next four points to win 10-6 and earn the women's singles title.
"I thought our players competed incredibly hard tonight," Moore added. "They have improved an enormous amount through their daily hard work. I love the chemistry and character of this year's teams and feel they have a great year ahead if we continue to make good choices. A special thanks also to our Athletic Department and staff who worked tirelessly this weekend to make this such a special event.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has had six-of-seven champions in the men's bracket since the inception of the tournament, with former Islander Aurelien Tave winning last season's title.
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