October 20, 2012

Islanders Men’s Tennis Completes Play at ITA Texas Regionals

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's Tennis team completed play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Texas Regional Championship on Sunday afternoon in the final tournament of the fall.

The Islanders picked up wins over Rice, UT Arlington and Texas – Pan American on Sunday before bowing out of the tourney.

Peter Nagy won a par of matches on the day, teaming up with Odon Barta to pick up an 8-6 final over a team from UTA in doubles to move into the quarterfinals before falling 8-5 against a team from Texas A&M.

The doubles match against Texas A&M came down to one break as the match was on serve all the way to 6-5, but the Aggies broke Nagy and then held serve to win 8-5.

"I think Odon and Peter are really emerging as a doubles team," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "That's a very strong result for such young guys. They're both incredibly focused, hard-working guys, and their hard work is paying off. I would say the same for them as for our whole team."

In singles action, Nagy won 6-0, 6-4 over Leif Berger of Rice to move into the final 16 singles players before absorbing a tough 7-6, 6-3 loss to No. 3-seeded Daniel Whitehead of Texas, his only loss of the fall season. Nagy was up 5-2 before Whitehead staged a furious rally to take the first set.

"Peter has improved so much and continues to improve every week, " said Moore. "He's had a great fall season and he represented us very well at the regionals. He got off to a great start today, but give credit to Daniel Whitehead, he made some very key adjustments and showed a lot of character to fight back from 2-5 down.

It was the fourth match of the day, as the two doubles matches and the match against Berger came prior to the match against one of the top seeds in the tournament.

"I think Peter knows he can play with anyone if his mind is focused," said Moore. "He was playing an extremely high level for the first hour of the match against Whitehead today.

"His legs were probably not quite the same after the first hour because he's played a ton of tennis the last two days, but that's no excuse. That just means we need to take our fitness to yet another level, because it's usually the other guy that gets tired first."

Other singles action saw Guillaume Rauseo fall 6-2, 6-3 against Andrew Korinek of Texas, and Barta take a 6-0, 6-3 loss against No. 6-seeded Sudanwa Sitaram, also of Texas, in the third round of the tournament.

Matt Westmoreland picked up a 6-0, 6-4 win against Alejandro Sanoja of UTPA, and a 7-5, 6-4 win over Tommy Bennett of Rice to move into the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket before withdrawing from the tournament. Pietro Jordao lost 6-1, 6-2 against Joey Swaysland of Texas, while Javier Pujol fell 6-1, 6-3 against Rob Lee of Lamar.

In the other doubles match of the day, Rauseo and Westmoreland lost a tough 8-6 battle against a pair of players from Texas, while Jordao and Andrew Maingot fell by an 8-0 final against the No. 7-seeded team from Texas A&M.

Overall the Islanders placed three men in the third round, they finished the weekend beating players from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Rice, TCU, SMU, UTPA, UTA. It took BCS power Texas and Texas A&M to knock the Islanders out of the tournament in the main draw.

"I think every one of our guys fought as hard as they could, we just need to get back home and get back to work on certain things," said Moore. "I feel like this team is focused they can play toe-to-toe with anyone. If Peter continues to stay humble and committed to such an extreme work ethic, he has the potential for greatness as a player."

With the fall season complete, the Islanders will look to the start of the spring schedule at the end of January. The team will look to defend the Southland Conference title once again after winning it the last five years.

"We have to keep outworking people, and work extremely smart as well," said Moore. "That's the only formula for success in this league because it's just so brutally competitive.

"I think our guys are very committed to that however, this is a team with very good character, very strong culture. We had a very good fall, and we know we have a lot to work on to be ready for the spring."

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