April 10, 2011

Women's tennis drops 5-2 decision to Texas State on the road

SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team lost a 5-2 decision against the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday in a Southland Conference match at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.

The Islanders are now 8-4 overall and 5-3 in Southland matches. Texas State improves to 8-7 on the year and evened their league record to 4-4.

In doubles play, Mirna Cicak and Sandra Burges dropped an 8-6 final at No. 1 before Mia Matuszak and Stefania Nicolae grabbed an 8-6 win at No. 3 to even the score. The Bobcats finished the doubles portion of the match with a 9-7 win over Bianca Discordia and Doris Kuselj at No. 2 to take a 1-0 lead in the dual match.

"We dug a hole for ourselves losing the doubles point when we were up 5-1 in the deciding match," said Moore. "But I'd rather that happen now and learn from it than it happen in the conference tournament.

"Give credit to Texas State, they really clawed back to win that doubles and take the momentum from us. Honestly we just didn't recover."

In singles, Nicolae won a 6-3, 7-5 final at No. 4 and Cicak picked up a point for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi with her 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 win at the No. 1 position. It was all the team would be able to capture however, as Kuselj lost 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, Discordia absorbed a 6-3, 6-4 final at No. 3, Burges fell in three sets by a 1-6, 6-2, 10-2 final at No. 5 and Matuszak lost 6-0, 6-3 in No. 6 singles.

"I thought Mirna played a great match," said Moore. "Doris was fighting like a warrior when she is barely healthy enough to be on the court.

"We have to do a better job coaching them through the singles and not allowing momentum to swing like that. That's our job as the coaches."

The Islanders will be back in action on Sunday morning when they take on No. 58 UT Arlington at 11:00 a.m. to finish off their season-high six-match road trip. The Lady Mavs are undefeated in the Southland Conference and have beaten nationally-ranked Kansas and Wichita State in addition to defending conference champion Northwestern State.

"We have to stick together, keep learning and be ready to compete hard again tomorrow," said Moore. "That's what this journey is all about, sticking together and bouncing back.

"This team is young, but they have a lot of character and I have a lot of confidence in them as this season winds down."

Tennis Match Results

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Texas State

4/9/2011 at San Marcos, Texas

Texas State 5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2

Singles competition:

1. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) def. Jessica Kahts (TXST) 7-5, 3-6, 10-6

2. Melissa Hadad (TXST) def. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 6-3, 6-2

3. Gabriela Rojas (TXST) def. Bianca Discordia (AMCC) 6-3, 6-4

4. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Jessica Laing (TXST) 6-3, 7-5

5. Mariana Perez (TXST) def. Sandra Burges (AMCC) 1-6, 6-2, 10-2

6. B. Van Den Bergh (TXST) def. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition:

1. Melissa Hadad/Jessica Kahts (TXST) def. Sandra Burges/Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 8-6

2. Gabriela Rojas/B. Van Den Bergh (TXST) def. Bianca Discordia/Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 9-7

3. Mia Matuszak/Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Jessica Laing/Mariana Perez (TXST) 8-6

Match Notes:

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-4, 5-3

Texas State 8-7, 4-4

Order of Finish: Singles- 2, 6,3,4,5,1; Doubles- 1, 3, 2

Texas State's Van Den Bergh's first name is Bérénice

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