PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's and Women's Tennis teams each earned a pair of non-conference road wins on Tuesday afternoon, with the women's team earning a 7-0 sweep of the Panthers, while the men won 6-1 against PVAM.
The women's team stayed perfect on the year at 3-0 with the dominant road win. The men's team earned its first win with the convincing win to improve to 1-3 overall.
"Our girls are really a tough, focused group right now," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They're really doing a good job of the things they can control, like incredible energy to start the match and competing with great spirit."
Women's action started out with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win for Sandra Burges at No. 2 singles that set the tone for the rest of the day. Newcomer Celia Rodriguez Delgado earned the second point of the match with a 6-3, 6-1 final at No. 4 singles, and Maider Martin put the team on the verge of victory with her 6-4, 6-2 score at No. 1 singles.
Stefania Nicolae clinched the match at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-4 final to make it 4-0. Leanne Mascall continued the perfection with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 5, while Ashley Garza finished things off with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles to make it a 6-0 final score.
In doubles action, the women swept all three matches against the Panthers. Mascall and Nicolae won by an 8-1 final at No. 1, Burges and Martin won 8-3 in No. 2 doubles and the duo of Garza and Rodriguez Delgado earned an 8-2 final at No. 3.
"I really like the character on this girl's team," said Moore. "They really seem to be unified and focused on their goals. We talk a lot about maxing out and staying in the present, and that is exactly what they must do because being great at the things you can control is a daily choice. That momentum can end in a second the minute you stop making those choices."
On the men's side, Matt Westmoreland gritted out a tough comeback in the first set and went on to take a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 final at No. 1 singles. Gergo Weidinger came up with a strong 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 and Guillaume Rauseo earned an identical 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 singles.
"I thought we came out with good energy today," said Moore. "Matt Westmoreland really got his game in a groove again by playing his style of tennis, which has been an incredibly successful formula for him. I thought that he really made a statement today with his focus and commitment to the right style.
"I was also very impressed with Guillaume Rauseo, who also really made a commitment to a certain style and excelled at it."
Ricardo Mayagoitia secured the win for the Islanders with the fourth point of the match in a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles, while Pietro Jordao finished the scoring with a 6-2, 6-1 final at No. 5 for the fifth point. The only loss of the day came at No. 3 singles as Odon Barta fell by a 6-4, 6-3 final to make it a 5-1 final score.
On the men's doubles side, Andrew Maingot and Westmoreland made quick work of their opponents, winning 8-3 in the No. 1 match. Weidinger and Rauseo picked up an 8-4 decision at No. 2 doubles, while Barta and Mayagoitia fell 8-7 (7-5) at the No. 3 position.
"Andrew Maingot and Matt Westmoreland were awesome in the doubles," said Moore. "Andrew's doubles game has matured so much, and he is really playing high-level doubles as a senior."
The next matches for each team will be at home, the first of the year for either the men or women. On Thursday afternoon, the women's team will host Texas – Pan American at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in a 1 p.m. match. The men will get their first match at home the following week, hosting Nevada on Feb. 14 in an 11 a.m. match at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
"We have a very tough and much improved opponent in UTPA on Thursday, so we need to get prepared on short notice to battle again with this same type of energy and focus," said Moore. "The men don't play again until their home opener against Nevada on Feb. 14, so that gives us nine days to challenge ourselves to see how much we can improve."
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Women's Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs. Prairie View A&M
02/05/13 at Prairie View, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 7, Prairie View A&M 0
1. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Brittany Harrell (PVAM) 6-4, 6-2
2. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Lerato Ndlovu (PVAM) 6-1, 6-0
3. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Christine Ngo Gwodog (PVAM) 6-4, 6-4
4. Celia Rodriguez Delgado (AMCC) def. Danielle Moore (PVAM) 6-3, 6-1
5. Leanne Mascall (AMCC) def. Erika Bond (PVAM) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ashley Garza (AMCC) def. Jade Daniels (PVAM) 6-0, 6-1
1. Leanne Mascall/Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Brittany Harrell/Lerato Ndlovu (PVAM) 8-1
2. Sandra Burges/Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Erika Bond/Christine Ngo Gwodog (PVAM) 8-3
3. Ashley Garza/Celia Rodriguez Delgado (AMCC) def. Capra Fellows/Jade Daniels (PVAM) 8-2
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3-0
Prairie View A&M 1-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4,1,3,5,6)
Men's Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs Prairie View A&M
02/05/13 at Prairie View, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, Prairie View A&M 1
1. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Jackson Varney (PVAM) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
2. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. Craig Wiltz (PVAM) 6-2, 6-2
3. Ronald Chidzikwe (PVAM) def. Odon Barta (AMCC) 6-4, 6-3
4. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Daniel Vasquez (PVAM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Pietro Jordao (AMCC) def. Kristin Powell (PVAM) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) def. Trenton Johnson (PVAM) 6-2, 6-0
1. Matt Westmoreland/Andrew Maingot (AMCC) def. Craig Wiltz/Kristin Powell (PVAM) 8-3
2. Gergo Weidinger/Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Jackson Varney/Trenton Johnson (PVAM) 8-4
3. Karim Fotso/Ronald Chidzikwe (PVAM) def. Odon Barta/Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) 8-7 (7-5)
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1-3
Prairie View A&M 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,6,5)