AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's and women's tennis teams recorded a pair of crucial victories over Abilene Christian today at the Austin Tennis Academy to stay at the top of the Southland Conference standings.
The men's team (16-9, 5-0 SLC) secured sole possession of first place in the Southland with a 4-1 victory over the Wildcats to improve to a perfect 5-0 conference record. The women's team (17-5, 9-1 SLC) clinched their ninth straight conference victory, 6-1, over ACU, to improve to 9-1 in conference play and stay at the top of the Southland with Northwestern State.
"Incredibly proud of the way this team fought for each other," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "The spirit and the way that this group constantly encouraged each other was awesome. I thought our captains made tremendous choices today to be vocal and set the tone.
"The guys showed great poise to come out so strong after losing the doubles point. They have a lot of pride in the tradition that we have built and I thought that our girls played as motivated as you can ask a team to play. Today was a lot of heart and a lot of character from our men's and women's teams."
The men's team fell behind early to the Wildcats (12-10, 4-1 SLC) after dropping the doubles point and falling early in singles. However, the Islanders quickly battled back with courage and passion to clinch their fourth straight match and fifth Southland match of the season.
In doubles action, the Islanders dropped a tight doubles point on courts two and three. The duo of Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo came out strong with an 8-2 victory over Borja Cortés and Guilherme Gesser in No. 1 doubles to win their second straight match. However, Marco Bensley and Nicklas Wingord followed with an 8-6 victory in No. 3 doubles to hand the sophomore pair of Javier Pujol and Ricardo Mayagoitia their first loss of the season.
The Islanders grinded back to win their 11th consecutive regular-season conference match in three years. The team has lost just one regular-season Southland Conference match in the last eight years since Coach Moore, who was a former team captain at Abilene Christian, returned to take over the men's team in 2007.
In singles, Cook evened the score at 1-1 after picking up a straight-set victory in No. 6 singles to win his fourth consecutive match. The freshman cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Bensley to improve to 5-0 in Southland play. Nagy then pushed the Islanders in front 2-1 after rolling past Cortés, 6-3, 6-1 for his fifth consecutive win in No. 1 singles. The junior now holds a perfect 5-0 record in Southland play at No. 1 singles, including a team-best 17-3 dual-match record. The Budapest, Hungary native has registered a 14-1 career record in the Southland, with his only loss in his career in conference play coming during his freshman year.
Mayagoitia and Pujol then wrapped the match with back-to-back singles wins on courts two and three. Mayagoitia defeated Wingord, 6-3, 6-3, in No. 2 singles, before Pujol clinched the match in the No. 3 slot for the Islanders. The Southland Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week posted his fourth consecutive singles win to improve to 5-0 in Southland play and 14-9 in dual-match play. The sophomore breezed past Gesser, 6-3, 6-3, for the Islanders fourth and final point of the day.
In the final two singles matches, Westmoreland defeated Agritelley, 6-1, in the first set and was trailing 4-2 in No. 4 singles, when the match was clinched. Rauseo sealed a 6-3 first-set win over Proctor in the No. 5 spot and was leading the second set 4-1 when play was called.
The women's team garnered the doubles point and five out of the six singles matches to win a tough and physical match, 6-1, over ACU (15-5, 7-3 SLC). The Islanders have now won 11 of their last 12 matches.
"Kerry Galhos was one very courageous girl," Moore said. "She won today serving under hand. This is a team that I believe has exceptional character and they really showed that today."
The Islanders built an early 1-0 lead after posting wins on courts one and three in doubles play. The Wildcats won the first match, after the Islanders pair of Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin dropped an 8-1 loss to Erin Walker and Brittney Reed in No. 2 doubles. The loss snapped a six-match winning streak by Martin and Rodriguez. However, the senior-freshman duo of Sandra Burges and Judit Vives captured their third straight match at No. 1 doubles with an 8-4 win over Kaysie Hermsdorf and Micah Hermsdorf. The Islanders then sealed the point in No. 3 singles after the tandem of Stefania Nicolae and Galhos downed Emily Conrad and Nada Marjanovic, 8-4, in No. 3 singles.
A&M - Corpus Christi kept the momentum going with three consecutive singles victories to clinch the match.
Burges posted her 11th victory of the season in the No. 5 slot with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kaysie Hermsdorf. The senior has tallied a career dual-match record of 56-21 and a conference match of 29-11 in her four years. This season, Burges is 15-5 in singles play, including an 8-1 mark in the conference.
Galhos then padded the Islanders lead to 3-0 after posting a 6-4, 6-3 win over Conrad in the No. 6 slot. The freshman tacked on her eighth win in conference play at No. 6 singles. The freshman has an overall record of 12-3 and has an 8-1 record in the Southland.
For the second consecutive match Rodriguez clinched the match for the Islanders in the No. 4 spot. The sophomore extended her winning streak in singles play to 10 matches after edging out Marjanovic in a three-setter. After winning the first set 6-2, Rodriguez came up short 6-1 in the second set, before grinding out a 6-2 victory to give the Islanders a 4-0 lead. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain improved her impressive mark at No. 4 singles to 14-0 and now holds a 17-3 mark, including an 8-1 record in Southland action.
Vives followed suit with her 10th consecutive win after posting a straight-set victory in No. 2 singles over Walker, 6-4, 6-4. The freshman has tallied a 16-1 record in singles play in her first year, and a 9-1 mark in the conference. She has also registered a 4-0 record at No. 2 singles.
With the Islanders in front 5-0, the Wildcats answered with their first point of the day in No. 1 singles after Nicolae fell in a tough three-setter to Micah Hermsdorf. The senior came up short 6-1, in the first, before bouncing back to secure a 6-3 second-set win. In the third, Hermsdorf notched the 6-3 victory.
The Islanders earned their sixth and final point of the day after Martin tacked up a super-tiebreaker victory over Reed in No. 3 singles. The sophomore lost a tight first set, 7-5, before answering back with back-to-back wins. In the second set, Martin powered past Reed, 6-4, and followed with a 10-7 super-tiebreaker win.
The Islanders women's team will return to action on Saturday, April 19, when they travel to San Antonio to take on Incarnate Word for their final regular-season road match. The Islanders will then join the men's team for their final regular-season matches on Monday, April 21, against New Orleans at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
"We beat two very good Abilene Christian teams today," Moore added. "They are a class act and a class team, and they have built tremendous tradition there. Both of their teams have had a tremendous first year in the Southland and I'll always have tremendous respect for their program.
"Our team is on a journey and today we took a step closer to reaching our goal. I'm very proud of our teams."
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Women's Tennis Match Results
Abilene Christian vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
4/16/2014 at Austin, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, Abilene Christian 1
1. Micah Hermsdorf (ACU) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Erin Walker (ACU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Brittney Reed (ACU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Nada Marjanovic (ACU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Kaysie Hermsdorf (ACU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Emily Conrad (ACU) 6-4, 6-3
1. Sandra Burges/Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Kaysie Hermsdorf/Micah Hermsdorf (ACU) 8-4
2. Erin Walker/Brittney Reed (ACU) def. Celia Rodriguez/Maider Martin (AMCC) 8-1
3. Stefania Nicolae/Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Emily Conrad/Nada Marjanovic (ACU) 8-4
Abilene Christian 15-5, 7-3 SLC
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 17-5, 9-1 SLC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,4,2,1,3)
Men's Tennis Match Results
Abilene Christian vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
4/16/2014 at Austin, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Abilene Christian 1
1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Borja Cortés (ACU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) def. Nicklas Wingord (ACU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Guilherme Gesser (ACU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) vs. Nico Agritelley (ACU) 6-1, 2-4, unfinished
5. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) vs. Jason Proctor (ACU) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
6. Paul Cook (AMCC) def. Marco Bensley (ACU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Guillaume Rauseo/Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Borja Cortés/Guilherme Gesser (ACU) 8-2
2. Jason Proctor/Nico Agritelley (ACU) def. Matt Westmoreland/Paul Cook (AMCC) 8-5
3. Marco Bensley/Nicklas Wingord (ACU) def. Javier Pujol/Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) 8-6
Abilene Christian 12-10, 4-1 SLC
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 16-9, 5-0 SLC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,1,2,3)