Women’s Tennis Finishes Most Successful Regular Season in School History
The Islanders completed the season with a record of 15-4 overall, and 8-3 in league matches. Nicholls finished the year at 8-13 on the year, 2-9 in conference play.
"I am very proud of the season this girls have had," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Their commitment to be a true team, and the consistency that they showed in competing extremely hard in every match as a team.
The teams split their doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 2, but the lack of players for Nicholls gave the Islanders the doubles point. Mirna Cicak and Doris Kuselj lost 8-4 at No. 1, while Chelsea Horan and Sandra Burges won by the same 8-4 score at No. 2 doubles. No. 3 was uncontested as Nicholls was unable to field a third team to give Texas A&M – Corpus Christi a 1-0 lead.
"We talked a lot about the importance of every girl playing every point with intensity and I really feel that they showed a lot of discipline and focus during the regular season," said Moore. "They really showed a lot of toughness battling through injuries that lots of girls might not have played through it."
In singles, Burges won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, and Nicolae took a 6-3, 6-1 final at the No. 4 position. Mia Matuszak won by retirement at No. 5 singles, while LeAnne Mascall won by default at the No. 6 position to finish the scoring for the Islanders.
Cicak lost at No. 1 singles with the score 7-6, 1-2 when she retired from the match. Kuselj lost in three sets by a 3-6, 6-1, 10-3 final.
"The girls didn't just play through injuries and adversities, they played with a real edge about them," said Moore. "Playing injured typically makes a player take one of two paths; pouting and playing with excuses, or tough as nails and fighting harder than ever.
"Everyone of these girls chose that character road. They really posses a lot of the qualities that you appreciate and respect as a coach."
With the regular season done, the Islanders turn their attention to the Southland Conference Tournament next week in Nacogdoches. They will face Northwestern State in the first round, a team they lost to in a 4-3 nail biter earlier in the year, and tied with in the regular season.
"They should be very proud of their regular season, but now all of the focus turns to the conference tournament," said Moore. "We will take a day or two to rest our bodies and then this will be the most focused and motivated week of practice of the year.
"I'm excited about this girls in the conference tournament because of their character and the way they compete."
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Women's Tennis Match Results
Nicholls vs Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
04/18/2012 at Beaumont, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 5, Nicholls 2
1. Parija Maloo (NICH) def. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 7-6, 1-2, retired
2. Marie Aubert (NICH) def. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 3-6, 6-1, 10-3
3. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Janna Leeuwerik (NICH) 6-4, 6-3
4. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Marina Ljoshevska (NICH) 6-3, 6-1
5. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) def. Catherine Gauthier (NICH) 4-1, retired
6. LeAnne Mascall (AMCC) def. Andrea Pont Grau (NICH), by default
1. Parija Maloo/Janna Leeuwerik (NICH) def. Mirna Cicak/Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 8-4
2. Chelsea Horan/Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Marie Aubert/Catherine Gauthier (NICH) 8-4
3. Ashley Garza/Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Andrea Pont Grau/Marina Ljoshevska (NICH), by default
Nicholls 8-13, 2-9 SLC
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 15-4, 8-3 SLC