SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team continued their hot start to Southland Conference play on Thursday with a 6-1 defeat against rival UTSA at the UTSA Tennis Center.
"These girls showed a lot of heart and character to play this tough and this hard after such a tough loss Saturday," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They really played every point with intensity from the very beginning and I felt like they never let up."
The Islanders are now 7-2 overall on the year and are now 4-1 in league matches. The 4-1 mark continues the best start in conference play the team has ever had. The Roadrunners fall to 4-7 on the season with a 1-3 mark in conference play.
The visitors started off fast, taking all three matches in the doubles portion of competition for an early 1-0 lead.
"UTSA is a very well-coached team that we have a lot of respect for," said Moore. "We knew we needed to get off to good starts in each match."
Doris Kuselj and Bianca Discordia were the first to finish with an 8-0 win at the No. 2 doubles position. They were followed by an 8-4 decision for Mia Matuszak and Stefania Nicolae at the No. 3 spot. The final match came down to a tiebreaker before Mirna Cicak and Sandra Burges prevailed by an 8-7 (7-4) final at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, Nicolae added to her team's lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 while Burges put her team on the brink of winning by taking a 6-1, 6-3 victory at the No. 4 position.
Matuszak clinched the match for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi by winning 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. Discordia followed her with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win at the No. 3 spot and Kuselj took a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 2 to give the Islanders a 6-0 advantage. Cicak won her first set but was unable to keep up the momentum as she lost a tough 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 final at the No. 1 position to complete the match.
"They say your character is shown by how you bounce back after a tough loss and these girls really wanted to make a statement with the way they competed today," said Moore. "I felt they really did that.
"This group has several good leaders and really has strong character and that was very present today."
Next up for the Islanders is a road match against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. on April 2. The match will be the second of six-straight on the road for the Islanders before they return home to host Stephen F. Austin on April 16 at the Corpus Christi Country Club.
Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs UTSA
3/17/2011 at San Antonio, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, UTSA 1
1. Stefanie Peana (UTSA) def. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Micaela Silva (UTSA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
3. Bianca Discordia (AMCC) def. Kavya Menon (UTSA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Caroline Dedering (UTSA) 6-1, 6-3
5. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Mariel Maffezzolli (UTSA) 6-1, 6-2
6. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) def. Katie Ottenbreit (UTSA) 6-3, 6-2
1. Mirna Cicak/Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Stefanie Peana/Micaela Silva (UTSA) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Doris Kuselj/Bianca Discordia (AMCC) def. Mariel Maffezzolli/Kavya Menon (UTSA) 8-0
3. Mia Matuszak/Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Katie Ottenbreit/Caroline Dedering (UTSA) 8-4
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7-2, 4-1 SLC
UTSA 4-7, 1-3 SLC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)