NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team was leading the match, 3-2, over Stephen F. Austin today at the Schlief Tennis Complex when play was suspended due to heavy rain showers. The Islanders (6-3, 0-0 SLC) and Ladyjacks (6-5, 2-0 SLC) will resume play Monday, March 17, at 11 a.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Sandra Burges put the Islanders on the board first with a straight-set victory in No. 5 singles. The senior downed Macarena Acosta, 6-0, 6-0 to improve to 6-3 in singles play. The Ladyjacks pushed ahead 2-1 after Malena Gordo topped Maider Martin, 6-2, 6-4, in No. 2 singles and Denise Maxl defeated Stefania Nicolae, 6-4, 6-2, in the No. 1 spot.
A&M - Corpus Christi answered back with wins on courts three and six to garner a 3-2 lead. In No. 3 singles, Celia Rodriguez secured her eighth singles victory of the season to improve to 8-2. The sophomore sealed a 6-1 first-set win over Julia Lorca before notching a 7-6 (2) second-set tiebreaker. Kerry Galhos then captured the Islanders their third point of the day in No. 6 singles with a three-set victory. The freshman lost the first set 7-5 before bouncing back to earn a 7-5 second-set win. In the third, Galhos clinched a 6-3 victory to improve to 5-2 in singles play.
In the final singles match of the day, freshman Judit Vives was battling Valeria Terentyeva in a third set when play was suspended. Vives fell short 7-6 (4) in the first set before responding with a 7-5 win in the second set. In the third, Vives was up 3-2 and 40-all when play was stopped.
The Islanders will now travel to Natchitoches, La. to play Northwestern State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Jack Fisher Lady Demon Complex in a rematch of last year's Southland Conference Championship.
Last season, the Islanders fell to the Lady Demons (10-3, 3-0 SLC) in the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament, 4-1. Prior to that, the Islanders edged NSU 4-3 in Natchitoches, La. The Islanders picked up the doubles point and Nicolae, Rodriguez and Chelsea Horan all picked up singles wins.
Following Sunday's match, the Islanders will return to Nacogdoches, Texas, to resume the conference match with SFA at 11 a.m.
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Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs. Stephen F. Austin
3/15/2014 at Nacogdoches, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3, Stephen F. Austin 2
1. Denise Maxl (SFA) def. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) 6-4, 6-2
2. Malena Gordo (SFA) def. Maider Martin (AMCC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Julia Lorca (SFA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Valeria Terentyeva (SFA) vs. Judit Vives (AMCC) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 2-3
5. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Macarena Acosta (SFA) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Laura Servise (SFA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: Singles (5,2,1,3,6)