LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team matched its record for most wins ever in the Southland Conference with a 6-1 win over McNeese State on the road Saturday. They will travel to Beaumont on Sunday for a match against Lamar.
"I love the spirit and character of these girls and this team," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "McNeese State is a good team that has finally gotten healthy and was very, very tough at home.
"This was a very intense, competitive college tennis match from start to finish."
The Islanders are now 8-2 overall and improved to 5-1 in league play. The five wins ties the best win total ever in conference after they finished 5-6 last season. McNeese is now 3-9 overall and fall to 0-6 in the Southland.
In doubles, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi fell at the No. 2 spot as Doris Kuselj and Bianca Discordia lost 8-3 before Mirna Cicak and Sandra Burges came back with an 8-6 final at No. 1 doubles to even the score at 1-1. The deciding point went the MSU at No. 3 doubles and Stefania Nicolae and Mia Matuszak lost a tough 9-7 final as McNeese took a 1-0 dual match lead.
"I'm not sure I've ever seen a team come out after losing a doubles point and fight much harder than this," said Moore. "It was extremely hot and humid today and these girls just made a choice to play a very difficult, taxing style to turn the match into a simple game of endurance.
"It takes a lot of courage to play that way, but it's extremely rare when you get all six girls to play with the type of tenacity and character that these girls played with today."
In singles, the Islanders swept the entire lineup to take their 6-1 victory.
At No. 1 singles, Cicak won a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) final while Kuselj won 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 at the No. 2 position. Discordia took a somewhat easier two-set victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 and Nicolae was a 6-4, 7-5 winner at No. 4 singles.
Burges picked up the most difficult point of the match with a rally to take a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. Matuszak finished out the lineup with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 final at the No. 6 spot.
"It's rare that I say this," said Moore. "But I would give everyone across the board an 'A' for the fighting spirit they played with today."
Next up for the Islanders is a 2 p.m. match on Sunday at Lamar in a key Southland Conference matchup in Beaumont.
"Tomorrow's match will be another tough test against a team and a program we have a lot of respect for," said Moore. "But I really like this team, anyone they play is going to be in for a battle."
Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs McNeese State
4/2/2011 at Lake Charles, La.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, McNeese State 1
1. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) def. Ilona Serchenko (MCN) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
2. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Ralista Pirdopska (MCN) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. Bianca Discordia (AMCC) def. Tea Tvrtkovic (MCN) 6-3, 6-2
4. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Anastasio Surkova (MCN) 6-4, 7-5
5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Kwynn Biggs (MCN) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1
6. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) def. Maria Frausto (MCN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
1. Mirna Cicak/Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Ilona Serchenko/Ralista Pirdopska (MCN) 8-6
2. Kwynn Biggs/Maria Frausto (MCN) def. Doris Kuselj/Bianca Discordia (AMCC) 8-3
3. Anastasio Surkova/Tea Tvrtkovic (MCN) def. Stefania Nicolae/Mia Matuszak (AMCC) 9-7
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-2, 5-1 Southland
McNeese State 3-9, 0-6 Southland