Men’s Tennis Places Three on Southland All-Academic Teams

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team placed a team-best three players on the Southland All-Academic teams, the league announced today. Sophomores Javier Pujol and Guillaume Rauseo were tabbed on the first team, while senior Matt Westmoreland earned his third career all-academic honor and was named to the second team.  

"We're very proud of Guillaume, Javier and Matt," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "They put in a lot of hard work to achieve that. A former player once said, 'if you're disciplined on the court, you will be disciplined in the classroom,' and I have really found that to be true, especially with those three guys. I feel like those guys represent what the Islanders stand for, hard workers on the courts and in the classroom."  

It is the fifth time in the last six years that the Islanders men's team has had a player on the all-academic teams. The men's team finished the spring semester with a team GPA of 3.1 while the women's team tallied a team GPA of 3.05.  

Pujol and Rauseo each earned automatic selections after earning First Team All-Southland accolades in April. The pair along with Westmoreland were a key part in helping the Islanders to their seventh straight Southland Conference regular-season championship, their second straight Southland Conference Tournament title and their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Championships. It marked the fifth time in the last seven years the men's team advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Pujol, a native of Barcelona, Spain, claims his first academic honor after posting a 3.57 overall GPA in economics and registering a perfect 6-0 record in Southland singles play. He had a solid year in doubles play with Ricardo Mayagoitia in No. 3 doubles to earn second team all-conference honors and the conference championship at No. 3 doubles. Pujol finished his sophomore campaign with an overall 16-10 singles record.    

Rauseo also picks up his first career academic honor after garnering First Team All-Southland honors in doubles play with Peter Nagy and earning a 3.54 overall GPA in mechanical engineering. The native of Morschwiller-Le-Bas, Alsace, France was a consistent player in singles and doubles action. In singles play, Rauseo won his last four matches for an overall 12-10 singles mark and teamed up with Nagy in the No. 1 slot to win their last five out of six doubles matches.  

Westmoreland, the senior co-captain earned a 3.07 overall GPA in kinesiology to earn a spot on the second team. Last season, he clinched the Southland championship match for the Islanders in No. 3 singles over New Orleans and followed with the clinching victory over Lamar this season for the Islanders in No. 4 singles.

The native of Oahu, Hawaii made his third trip to the NCAAs in his four years and compiled an 11-10 overall mark in singles play this season. Westmoreland teamed up with Paul Cook this season in No. 2 doubles to earn the conference championship. The pair registered a 3-1 mark in conference play in the No. 2 position before wrapping the regular season with an 8-6 mark. The duo clinched a tight doubles point in the Southland championship match to help the Islanders to an early lead and were ahead 6-5 over Baylor's duo of Diego Galeano and Vince Schneider in No. 2 doubles in the opening round of the NCAA Championships when doubles play was stopped.

Westmoreland stands behind Associate Head Coach Goncalo Figueiredo in second place all-time in Islanders singles history with a career mark of 48-33.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

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Men's Tennis All-Academic Teams

First Team

 

 

 

 

 

Nico Mertens1^

Nicholls

So.

Hilden, Germany

3.60

Business Administration

Guilherme Gesser1

Abilene Christian

Jr.

Florianópolis, Brazil

3.20

Management

Javier Pujol1

A&M-Corpus Christi

So.

Barcelona, Spain

3.57

Economics

Guillaume Rauseo1

A&M-Corpus Christi

So.

Morschwiller-Le-Bas, Alsace, France

3.54

Mechanical Engineering

Parker Allen*12

Oral Roberts

Sr.

Hot Springs, Ark.

3.95

Management

Leonard Ivic

UIW

Jr.

Split, Croatia

3.85

Business Administration

 
 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

 

 

 

 

 

Rui Silva

New Orleans

Jr.

Guimaraes, Portugal

3.91

Biological Sciences

Carl-Philip Lindqvist

Lamar

So.

Falkenberg, Sweeden

4.00

Marketing

Christoffer Appelgren

New Orleans

So.

Växjö, Sweden

3.84

Finance

Matt Westmoreland3

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Oahu, Hawaii

3.07

Kinesiology

Jason Proctor

Abilene Christian

So.

Tulsa, Okla.

3.41

Marketing

Evan Karatzas

Nicholls

So.

Melbourne, Australia

3.75

Finance

 

^Student-Athlete of the Year

1-Automatic Selection

2-Two-Time All-Academic Selection

3-Three-Time All-Academic Selection