AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team fell just short to No. 21 Oklahoma State today, 4-2. Junior Peter Nagy was outstanding for the Islanders (12-9), picking up a three-set win over No. 61 Jakob Sude at No. 1 singles, and Matt Westmoreland powered through a straight-set victory at No. 5 singles at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
"This team is getting better and the hot fitness part of the year is the time we look forward to," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "Give credit to Oklahoma State, they have a great team. We battled them hard today."
The Cowboys (19-3) started out with a 2-0 lead in singles after Arjun Kadhe topped Javier Pujol, 6-4, 6-3, in No. 3 singles, and Guillaume Rauseo fell 6-4, 6-4 to Lucas Gerch in his first match of the season in the No. 4 spot.
Westmoreland put the Islanders on the board after cruising to a 6-2, 6-3 straight-set victory over Brady Bohrnstedt in the No. 5 slot. The Cowboys answered with their third point of the day in No. 6 singles after Chris Harworth defeated Paul Cook, 6-3, 6-4.
The Islanders pulled within one at 3-2, after Nagy clinched a tough three-setter over No. 61 Jakob Sude at No. 1 singles. After dropping the first set 6-3, the junior battled his way back to win the second set 6-3, and the third, 6-2. It marked his first victory over a ranked player this season and his 13th win at No. 1 singles.
Oklahoma State clinched the match at No. 2 singles after Ricardo Mayagoitia lost a tough three-set match to Sebastian Sachs. The sophomore earned a 7-6 (2) tiebreaker win in the first set before falling short 6-2 in the second set, and 6-2 in the third set.
"For Peter and Matt, I love the resiliency," Moore said. "Peter has had so many great close matches at No. 1 where he competed extremely hard. It was 7-5 in the third at TCU and 10-8 in the third-set tiebreaker at Texas. He got knocked down, but he keeps getting back up and fighting with great courage and I'm very proud of him for that. Peter fought incredibly hard today. I'm glad to see his hard work and resiliency is validated with this tough win.
"Matt has been like Peter, and has fought hard, and is really coming on strong just when we need him the most. He has really found his style. He is a tremendous player when it's about footwork and hot windy conditions."
The Islanders will take a week off before heading to Beaumont, Texas, on Tuesday, April 8, to face Lamar in Southland Conference play.
"We are excited bout April, and the opportunity to compete, and see if we can outwork people for a conference title," Moore added.
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Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs. Oklahoma State
3/31/2014 at Austin, Texas
#21 Oklahoma State 4, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 2
1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. #61 Jakob Sude (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Sebastian Sachs (OSU) def. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-2
3. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Javier Pujol (AMCC) 6-4, 6-3
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Brady Bohrnstedt (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Paul Cook (AMCC) 6-3, 6-4
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 12-9
Oklahoma State 19-3; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Singles (3,4,5,6,1,2)