Three Islanders Women Advance on Opening Day of ITA Texas Regionals

Three Islanders Women Advance on Opening Day of ITA Texas Regionals

WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Women's Tennis team saw three players advance past the first round on Friday at the annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association Texas Regional Championships. Play is set to continue throughout the weekend at the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor campus.

"I thought we competed very hard today," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "We did a good job of controlling the things we can control. They say you're either winning or you're learning, and we did some of both today."

In the opening round of singles, Maider Martin, Stefania Nicolae and Leanne Mascall came up with wins for the Islanders against players from Houston, UT Arlington and UTSA, respectively.

Martin, a freshman for the Islanders who won the Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open, beat Charlotte Phillips, one of the top players from Houston, by a 6-3, 6-3 final to advance to the second round. There she faced No. 11-seeded Stefanie Tan from TCU, falling 6-2, 6-3 in the main draw.

"Maider is having an excellent fall, and she is getting better every week," said Moore. "She has the best attitude in the world, she is very coachable and her future is very bright."

Nicolae won a tough 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 match against Brooke Dennis of UTA in the opening round before taking a 6-1, 6-2 loss against No. 15-seeded Jordaan Sanford of Baylor.

"I thought Stefania showed a lot of courage to change her style and make the right adjustments that allowed her to win," said Moore.

Mascall advanced with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Irene Gandara of UTSA in the opening round, but fell by a 6-1, 6-1 score against No. 17-seeded Nataly Yoo of Southland rival Stephen F. Austin in the second round.

"I really thought Leanne fought extremely hard," said Moore. "She is a senior and she played with a lot of toughness and resiliency today. She's really raised her level and we're very proud of her."

Other singles match saw Sandra Burges fall 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, while Cassie Shaw came up short by a 6-2, 6-3 final and Venesa Figueroa lost 6-1, 6-0 to round out singles play on Friday.

In doubles action, the team of Figueroa and Shaw lost 8-6, Mascall and Nicolae fell by an 8-4 final and Burges and Martin suffered an 8-3 defeat in the opening round.

Men's action starts tomorrow at TCU, highlighted by Islander sophomore Peter Nagy, who is seeded No. 14 in the tournament.

"No doubt, this is one of, if not the toughest in NCAA Division I, so you better be ready to bring it every point at this tournament," said Moore. "That's what we teach them anyway, so this is good preparation for the spring."

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