The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis team picked up a very important Southland Conference win on Saturday with a hard fought 4-3 victory over McNeese State at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The win gives the Islanders their fourth conference win and breaks up the gridlock of five teams with three conference wins apiece coming into the day.
"This was our best effort of the year, our girls showed incredible heart and guts," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They knew they needed to win this match and they rose up big."
The Islanders took the doubles point by a 2-1 margin for a 1-0 lead early in the match. Mirna Cicak and Megan Harless won 8-6 at the No. 1 position over Ralista Pirdopska and Victoria Martinez. At the No. 2 spot, Bianca Discordia and Doris Kuselj won 8-5 over Petra Gudelj and Maria Frausto while LeAnne Mascall and Nadia Filmalter lost a 9-7 final to Ilona Serchenko and Kwynn Biggs at the No. 3 positions.
The Islanders had to withdraw Adrienne Kovacs at No. 4 due to injury while Kovacs also had to withdraw in Wednesday's match against Texas-Pan American.
"One of the greatest things about college sports are when you see kids just rise up, battle and show character," said Moore. "Especially with a team this young that's had some adversity with tough losses and injuries.
"This coaching staff couldn't be any prouder of them."
Kuselj continued her hot streak, improving to 14-1 on the season overall and a perfect 8-0 in Southland matches with a 5-3, 6-2 win over Serchenko at the No. 2 position. Discordia downed Martinez by a 6-4, 6-4 final at the No. 3 singles spot and Mascall won 6-4, 6-3 over Frausto at No. 4 singles. Cicak lost a tough 5-7, 7-5, 10-5 match to Pirdopska at No. 1 singles, Filmalter lost 7-5, 6-3 to Biggs at the No. 5 position and Harless fell by a 6-3, 6-3 final to Inga Efimenko at the No. 6 spot.
Next up for the Islanders are the Lamar Lady Cardinals on Saturday at 12:30 PM. The match will be played at the Corpus Christi Country Club as the Islanders look to get their second win in-a-row over a conference opponent.
"We face a very tough Lamar team tomorrow so we have to be ready for that," said Moore. "This conference is so deep this year, the key is to make the tournament and then anything can happen."
McNeese State vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
4/2/2010 at Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, McNeese State 3
1. Ralista Pirdopska (MCN) def. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 5-7, 7-5, 10-5
2. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Ilona Serchenko (MCN) 6-3, 6-2
3. Bianca Discordia (AMCC) def. Victoria Martinez (MCN) 6-4, 6-4
4. LeAnne Mascall (AMCC) def. Maria Frausto (MCN) 6-4, 6-3
5. Kwynn Biggs (MCN) def. Nadia Filmalter (AMCC) 7-5, 6-3
6. Inga Efimenko (MCN) def. Megan Harless (AMCC) 6-3, 6-3
1. Mirna Cicak/Megan Harless (AMCC) def. Ralista Pirdopska/Victoria Martinez (MCN) 8-6
2. Bianca Discordia/Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Petra Gudelj/Maria Frausto (MCN) 8-5
3. Ilona Serchenko/Kwynn Biggs (MCN) def. LeAnne Mascall/Nadia Filmalter (AMCC) 9-7
McNeese State 7-7, 3-5 Southland
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-9, 4-5 Southland