February 7, 2011

Islanders women's tennis shuts out UTPA in home opener

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team picked up their first home win of the season on their first try, shutting out the visiting Texas - Pan American Lady Broncs b a 4-0 score at the Corpus Christi Country Club on Sunday afternoon. It was the first home contest of the year for the Islanders.

"Today was a very focused effort," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I thought we showed spirit and had a good start in singles."

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is now 2-1 on the year, winning two-straight matches after dropping the season opener to nationally-ranked Rice. UTPA is now 0-4 on the season after the loss.

"This young team is growing up each week," said Moore. "I expect it to continue because they have good character.

"We need to duplicate this and have a consistent effort going forward."

The effort came in the form of being relentless from the first point to the last. Doris Kuselj and Bianca Discordia quickly won an 8-1 final at No. 2 doubles over Wanda Bequelin and Suncica Strkic. At the No. 3 doubles position, LeAnne Mascall and Nadia Filmalter defeated Dana Nazarova and Blanca Garcia by an 8-3 final. Although the doubles point was clinched for their team, Mirna Cicak and Stefania Nicolae continued to fight, taking an 8-7 final over Malin Andersen and Reeta Raty to give their team a clean sweep.

In singles, Kuselj picked up the first point with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Andersen to make it 2-0 for the Islanders over the Lady Broncs. Sandra Burges put Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on the brink of the win following her 6-1, 6-2 win over Strkic at the No. 5 position. Mia Matuszak clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Garcia to finish the dual match at 4-0.

In the unfinished matches, Cicak lost her first set but was making a comeback when her match was stopped at 4-6, 4-1 in the No. 1 singles spot. Discordia was on her way to another individual victory with scores of 6-1, 2-3 when the No. 3 singles match went unfinished. The final singles match had Nicolae winning the first set and ahead in the second with scores of 7-5, 2-0 when the No. 4 singles match was halted.

The dual match was stopped when one of the teams reached the required four points for a team victory due to weather in the area.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will be a February 17 match on the road at Prairie View A&M. The contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start in Houston.

Texas-Pan American vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

2/6/2011 at Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, Texas-Pan American 0

Singles competition

1. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) vs. Wanda Bequelin (UTPA) 4-6, 4-1, unfinished

2. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Malin Andersen (UTPA) 6-0, 6-1

3. Bianca Discordia (AMCC) vs. Reetta Raty (UTPA) 6-1, 2-3, unfinished

4. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) vs. Dana Nazarova (UTPA) 7-5, 2-0, unfinished

5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Suncica Strkic (UTPA) 6-1, 6-2

6. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) def. Blanca Garcia (UTPA) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Mirna Cicak/Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Malin Andersen/Reetta Raty (UTPA) 8-7

2. Doris Kuselj/Bianca Discordia (AMCC) def. Wanda Bequelin/Suncica Strkic (UTPA) 8-1

3. LeAnne Mascall/Nadia Filmalter (AMCC) def. Dana Nazarova/Blanca Garcia (UTPA) 8-3

Match Notes:

Texas-Pan American 0-4

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2-1

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,5,6)