CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Tennis program had a big Tuesday on The Island, with the women's team earning its first national ranking in school history after reaching No. 60 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, and followed up by having Sandra Burges and Guillaume Rauseo named the Southland Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week.
"We're very proud of Sandra and Guillaume," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore.
Burges, a native of Zaragoza, Spain, won the honor after going undefeated for the week once again, winning both doubles and singles matches she took part in. She continued her winning ways with a 6-2, 6-1 No. 2 singles win and 8-6 doubles win alongside Chelsea Horan at No. 2 doubles against St. Mary's (TX).
On Friday against the UTSA Roadrunners, Burges moved up a spot in the lineup, trading spots with freshman Maider Martin to play the No. 2 spot, and earned a 6-4, 6-2 win in singles, while picking up another 8-6 victory with Horan in the No. 2 doubles position. Burges has yet to drop a set in 2013, and has gone undefeated in both singles and doubles during the year as the Islanders have started the season 8-0, the best start in school history.
"Sandra has been incredible so far this year, playing with incredible energy and passion," said Moore. "She's been in incredible team captain also, and I love the way she leads by example with the way she competes. I really feel like Sandra represents all that we are about at Islanders Tennis, as one of the toughest competitors I've ever coached."
For Rauseo, he notched the only point for the Islanders against the No. 15 Texas Longhorns on national TV last Thursday night. The Alsace, France native won both of his matches against the No. 15 Texas Longhorns last Thursday, earning the Islanders only point against one of the top teams in the nation. Rauseo and Gergo Weidinger earned an 8-5 final at No. 3 doubles, and the Islanders nearly took the doubles point before losing 9-7 at the No. 1 position.
In singles action, Rauseo rallied to earn a win in the first set, and held on for another win in the second, as both were very close in a 7-5, 7-5 final at No. 4 singles.
"Guillaume has really broken through, not just against Texas, but even in the match before," said Moore. "I was equally proud of him because he made a commitment to compete the right way and play the right style. He is a freshman, but he has really matured tremendously over the past two weeks, and I love his attitude right now. We are expecting great things from him as this year continues."
Next up for the men's team will be the 47th Annual HEB Tournament of Champions, one of the longest-running and most prestigious team tournaments in the nation, starting on March 1 at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center and HEB Tennis Center.
The women return to action on March 9 against an always-tough Northwestern State team. The Lady Demons won the Southland Conference two years ago, and the Islanders finally got over the hump in the Southland Conference Tournament with a dramatic 4-3 win over the Lady Demons last season.
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