The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis team took a hard-fought 4-3 victory in a Southland Conference home match against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday afternoon at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club.
The Islanders improve to 7-7 on the season and 3-2 in SLC matches. The Lady Jacks fall to 3-11 on the year while moving to 2-4 in SLC play.
The key to victory came from unexpected sources, as the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches gave the Islanders the clinching points in the closely played match.
"I just want to give credit to our No. 5 and No. 6 players for coming up big when we really needed them," said Associate Head Coach Jason Holland. "We have been relying on our seniors this season and the younger players really rose to the occasion."
The Islanders started the day off with the doubles portion of the match, winning those matches 2-1 to take the doubles point. Nina Ciric and Megan Harless were the first to finish as the won No. 2 doubles over Mary Harrison and Jamie Williams by an 8-5 score. The Islanders quickly clinched the point when Erika Iriarte and Alexandra Dyckman defeated Gabriela Gadeva and Sanjana Kapur by an 8-4 final. Mirna Cicak and Nadia Filmalter fell in the No. 1 doubles match, losing to Roxana Enica and Alina Shazkho by a final of 8-6.
With a 1-0 advantage, the Islanders moved to singles to decide the match. The first to finish was Iriarte, as she defeated Kapur by a final of 6-0, 6-2. The next to finish was No. 2 singles, as Ciric dropped her match to Enica by a 6-4, 6-0 score to make it 2-1 in favor of the Islanders. No. 6 singles was next, as Mersan made quick work of Williams, winning 6-0, 6-2 to put the Islanders on the brink at 3-1. Pernelle Soulie pushed them over the edge as she won No. 5 singles over Andreea Enica by a final of 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Islanders. No. 1 singles finished next, as Cicak fell to Shazkho 6-3, 6-2. The final match to finish was No. 3 singles, with Dyckman dropping a three-set match 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 with the super tiebreaker taking the place of a full third set.
"This team has been out-competing the other teams recently," said Holland. "They have really come together and are playing together as a group now."
The Islanders now look to tomorrow, as they play host to Sam Houston State. Start time is set for 12:00 PM at the Corpus Christi Country Club.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, Stephen F. Austin 3
1. Alina Shazkho (SFA) def. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 6-3, 6-2
2. Roxana Enica (SFA) def. Nina Ciric (AMCC) 6-4, 6-0
3. Erika Iriarte (AMCC) def. Sanjana Kapur (SFA) 6-0, 6-2
4. Gabriela Gadeva (SFA) def. Alexandra Dyckman (AMCC) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
5. Pernelle Soulie (AMCC) def. Andreea Enica (SFA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Fabiana Mersan (AMCC) def. Jamie Williams (SFA) 6-0, 6-2
1. Roxana Enica/Alina Shazkho (SFA) def. Mirna Cicak/Nadia Filmalter (AMCC) 8-6
2. Nina Ciric/Megan Harless (AMCC) def. Mary Harrison/Jamie Williams (SFA) 8-5
3. Erika Iriarte/Alexandra Dyckman (AMCC) def. Gabriela Gadeva/Sanjana Kapur (SFA) 8-4
Stephen F. Austin 3-11, 2-4 SLC
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7-7, 3-2 SLC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,6,5,1,4)