February 2, 2009

ISLANDERS START FAST BUT FADE TO SMU

Dalls - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis team started fast but were unable to hold their early advantage in falling to SMU 4-0 on Monday afternoon.

The Islanders fall to 1-2 on the season while SMU improves to 5-0 on the year.

In a match that started with singles first, the Islander women got off to a great start against the Mustangs of SMU.

"We got off to an incredibly good start today." said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "We believed early on we had a very good shot to win the match."

In #1 singles, Mirna Cicak took a 4-1 lead over Natalia Bubien in the first set before SMU rallied to take the match in straight sets at 7-5, 6-4.

In #2 singles, Nadia Filmalter was actually at set point in the first frame before falling to Pavi Francis by an identical match score as set one, 7-5, 6-4.

In #3 singles, Nina Ciric won the first set over Sophie Quest before dropping the final two sets and the match 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

In #6 singles, Fabiana Mersan lost in straight sets to Kseniia Tokarieva, 6-1, 6-1 to clinch the match for SMU and giving them the 4-0 win.

"They say you are either winning or learning." said Moore. "Today we ended up learning a lot about ourselves."

#4 and #5 singles were just starting the third sets when the match was called.

Both matches saw Islander players win the first sets before SMU won the second to force a final set.

Erika Iriarte played Kristen Reid to 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 before ending the match in #4 singles.

#5 singles saw Alexandra Dyckman play Monica Neveklovska to a 4-6, 7-6 (4) match before being called.

"We had a good shot to beat a ranked team today." said Moore. "We got a little tight late in the match but I believe we will be in a position to win this type of match next time."

The Islanders now travel to Lafayette, La. tomorrow to take on Louisiana-Lafayette in another non-conference match up. The Islanders and Cajuns will face off at 3 PM at Cajun Courts. The Islanders follow that match up with another against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday afternoon.

"We have two very good opportunities these next two days to get wins." said Moore. "I have to say I am very proud of the way these girls are competing and coming together as a team."

Natalia Bubien (SMU) def. M. Cicak-7-5, 6-3

Pavi Francis (SMU def. N. Filmalty-6-4, 6-3

Sophie Quist (SMU ) def. N. Ciric-5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Kristen Reid (SMU) vs. E.Iriarte-2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (DNF)

Monica Neveklovska (SMU) vs. A. Dyckman-4-6, 7-6 (4) DNF

Kseniia Tokarieva (SMU) def. F. Mersan-6-1, 6-1

SMU-4 TAMUCC-0