ISLANDERS HOST FIRST EVER WOMEN'S TEAM TOURNAMENT

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis team will be hosting the inaugural Corpus Christi Women's Clinic Islander Team Invite this Friday and Saturday, welcoming teams from Tulane, Texas-El Paso and Texas-Pan American in the two-day tournament. The matches will be held at the Corpus Christi Country Club and the Corpus Christi Athletic Club.

The Islander women are currently 3-3 on the season and will look to improve that record against quality competition. TAMUCC will be playing its first true home match, as the previous scheduled home event was held in Dallas against Central Arkansas on a three-match road trip.

"We are very proud to have a strong women's tournament now in Corpus Christi." said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "It was very important to us to create a women's tournament similar to the men's HEB spring tournament."

The Islanders will play host to the UTPA first, facing off against the Broncs on Friday at 9 AM at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club. Following its morning session, the team will take on UTEP in a 4 PM match to be held at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The Islanders will round out the tournament when they take on Tulane at 9 AM on Saturday morning at the Corpus Christi Country Club.

Tulane comes into the tournament with a 4-6 record. UTPA comes in the weekend with a 1-7 record while UTEP is riding a seven-match winning streak, bringing their overall record to 8-1 on the season.

"I think it means a lot to the girls on the team to start this tradition and bring strong teams to our community." said Moore. "I'm very grateful to Corpus Christi women's clinic, Hester's Café, the Corpus Christi Country Club, and the Corpus Christi Athletic Club for their generous support of our women's tennis team."

The Corpus Christi community will not only be out to support the Islanders, but will also contribute directly to the housing and care of the visiting athletes, both this weekend and next when the men's tennis team hosts the 45th Annual HEB Tennis Team Classic.

"The Corpus Christi Tennis Community is the best in the nation in my opinion and the fact that they reach out to provide housing for all these teams is incredible." said Moore. "This special tennis community will be housing almost 100 players, coaches, trainers and tutors from 10 universities over the next two weekends."

"Our appreciation to them is beyond words."