COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's Tennis team saw their season come to a close on Friday afternoon, falling 4-0 against the Texas Longhorns in tough match at the NCAA Championships regional hosted by Texas A&M.
"We battled with all our hearts today," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "We certainly had opportunities, the NCAA Championships is about taking your opportunities to dig into the match. I felt like we missed some of those today, but a lot of that is because of Texas. They deserve a lot of credit because they played a great match."
The Islanders finish the year at 17-8 overall and ranked No. 59 in the ITA national rankings following the loss to the No. 21 Texas Longhorns. The team won its sixth straight Southland Conference Championship in the regular season, and won the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth time in the last six years to advance to the NCAA Championships. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAAs for all of their hard work.
"I'm proud of our guys, they earned a No. 3 seed at the NCAA Championships and I'm proud of the season they had," said Moore. "We battled with all we had today, we gave it all we had. I can genuinely say I'm proud of these guys, I wouldn't take any other group above these guys. I'm already excited about next year. Texas was just the better team today, sometimes in sports you just have to say that, work hard and get better. That'll be what we do over the summer."
In doubles play of the match, Andrew Maingot and Guillaume Rauseo lost 8-2 to give Texas a 1-0 lead for the point. Peter Nagy and Gergo Weidinger came up short at 8-4 as the Longhorns earned the first point of the match. Matt Westmoreland and Ricardo Mayagoitia trailed 7-5 at the No. 2 position when the point was clinched.
Singles scoring started when Westmoreland lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to make it a 2-0 Texas lead, and Javier Pujol fell by a 6-3, 6-1 final to put the Islanders behind by a 3-0 score. Nagy lost a quick first set, but he battled back in the second before falling by a 6-0, 6-3 final to finish the match.
In unfinished matches, Mayagoitia fell in the first set, but was locked into a tie at 6-4, 4-4 in the second when play was stopped. Weidinger trailed 6-3, 5-3 when play was halted, and Rauseo was behind 7-5, 5-1 at the completion of the scoring.
The team did all this with three freshmen and a sophomore in the top six of singles, with the Islanders losing just one player from their top six heading into next year. The team also was exciting to watch, drawing crowds to the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center that ranked them 10th in the nation for average home attendance on both the men's and women's sides.
The biggest regular season moment was undoubtedly when the Islanders won the HEB Tournament of Champions for the first time in program history, with over 500 people making it out for the two-day event.
The team has gone 37-3 in Southland Conference regular season and tournament matches since Moore returned to the program, and they appeared poised to continue the success with the youth of the team.
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No. 21 Texas def. No. 59 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4-0
No. 1 – No. 37 Soren Hess-Olesen, UT def. Peter Nagy, AMCC 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 – No. 122 Lloyd Glasspool, UT vs. Gergo Weidinger, AMCC 6-3, 5-3 (unfinished)
No. 3 – No. 108 Daniel Whitehead, UT def. Matt Westmoreland, AMCC 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Sudanwa Sitaram, UT vs. Ricardo Mayagoitia, AMCC 6-4, 4-4 (unfinished)
No. 5 – Nick Naumann, UT def. Javier Pujol, AMCC 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 – David Holiner, UT vs. Guillaume Rauseo, AMCC 7-5, 5-1 (unfinished)
No. 1 – No. 41 Camillone/Holiner, UT def. Nagy/Weidinger, AMCC 8-4
No. 2 – Chen/Whitehead, UT vs. Westmoreland/Mayagoitia, AMCC 7-5 (unfinished)
No. 3 – Glasspool/Hess-Olesen, UT def. Maingot/Rauseo, AMCC 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles 3, 1 Singles 3, 5, 1
Texas (17-8); Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-8)