CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team will face a tough test tomorrow as they will meet No. 21 Oklahoma State in Austin at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The Islanders are looking to build off a 4-3 victory from 2012, when current Assistant Coach Aurelien Tave clinched the match for the Islanders over the Cowboys.
"Oklahoma State is having a great season," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "They have been ranked in the top 25 most of the season. Coach Udwadia has done a great job putting together a top 20 team in a short period of time. We have to be ready to do what we always attempt to do – play each point with intensity and max out all the things we can control, like attitude and effort. We better be very focused on those things tomorrow."
The Islanders (12-8) are coming off a tough loss to TCU on Wednesday, but prior to that the team picked up a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 67 nationally ranked Tulane in Houston.
Peter Nagy and Ricardo Mayagoitia have been outstanding this season for the Islanders in singles play. Nagy has compiled a 12-3 record in No. 1 singles while Mayagoitia holds a 9-5 record at No. 2 singles. Javier Pujol earned his 10th victory of the season in singles play over Tulane and now holds a 10-8 record in singles. In doubles, Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo are on a two-match winning streak at No. 1 doubles for a 6-5 record.
Oklahoma State enters Monday's neutral match with an 18-3 record. The Cowboys dropped a 4-3 loss to Texas today. Prior to that, the team won seven straight matches. Oklahoma State's Jakob Sude is ranked in the ITA singles rankings at No. 61 after compiling an 18-8 overall record.
The last time the Islanders and Cowboys met up was at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in the H-E-B Tournament of Champions in 2012. The Islanders garnered the 4-3 victory over then No. 64 Oklahoma State after Tave clinched the match at No. 2 singles.
Following Monday's match the Islanders will take a week off before heading to Beaumont, Texas, on Tuesday, April 8, to face Lamar in Southland Conference play.
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