CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team will look to extend their eight-match winning streak Wednesday, April 9, when they trek to Edinburg, Texas to take on the Texas-Pan American Broncs at 2 p.m. for the second time this season. The non-conference match was originally scheduled for Feb. 26, but inclement weather forced the teams to postpone.
The Islanders (14-4, 7-1) are coming off a three-match homestand, including two matches in Southland play. A&M - Corpus Christi started off with a 6-1 win over Prairie View A&M in non-conference play before picking up a 5-0 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday. The Islanders then finished off the week by cruising past Lamar 4-1 to earn their seventh victory of the season in conference play.
Freshman Judit Vives had an outstanding week for the Islanders and for her performance she was named the Southland Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week and the GoIslanders.com Student-Athlete of the Week. It marked the first career weekly honor for Vives and the second for the Islanders this season. Sophomore Celia Rodriguez earned the weekly honor on Feb. 18.
Vives improved to a team-best 14-1 singles record after picking up three straight-set victories over Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State and Lamar last week. Against the Panthers she earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory in No. 3 singles before clinching the third straight Southland Conference match for the Islanders. The Barcelona, Spain native secured the match for the Islanders over Sam Houston State with a 6-2, 6-2, win at No. 2 singles. She started out at No. 6 singles at the beginning of the season, worked her way up to No. 3, before earning her first win at No. 2. On Sunday, Vives earned her second win of the season at No. 2 singles and a team-high eighth straight victory with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lamar to improve to 7-1 in Southland play.
Rodriguez has also had an impressive year in singles play. The sophomore secured her seventh straight singles match on Sunday over Lamar in No. 4 singles to improve to 14-3 and 11-0 in the No. 4 slot. She also stands at 6-1 in Southland action. Freshman Kerry Galhos has collected a 10-3 singles record since joining the Islanders in January. She holds a 6-1 mark in Southland play with all six wins coming at No. 6 singles.
Senior captains Stefania Nicolae and Sandra Burges have been true leaders for this Islanders team. Both of them enter Wednesday's match on a three-match winning streak and have showed courage and fight throughout the season. Nicolae earned her seventh win at No. 1 singles on Sunday, while Burges padded her singles record to 13-4, including a 7-1 mark in Southland play, and an 8-1 record at No. 5 singles.
Since moving to No. 3 singles, Maider Martin has put together a two-matching winning streak. In doubles play, Martin and Rodriguez have teamed up for a team-best 10-4 record and are currently on a five-match winning streak. The duo picked up their 10th victory of the season with an 8-4 win in No. 2 doubles over Prairie View A&M. In Southland play, Martin and Rodriguez have teamed up for a 5-1 record, with their only loss coming at Stephen F. Austin.
The Broncs come into Wednesday's match with a 13-6 overall record. Since facing the Islanders earlier this season, UTPA has tallied a 12-4 record. Leading the Broncs in singles play is Christel Amsallem, who is on a seven-match winning streak for an overall 13-8 record, including a 12-4 mark in dual matches. Reegan Greenwood has also propelled the Broncs with a 13-3 dual match record and has won her last three singles matches. In doubles play, Greenwood and Katia Stavroulaki are 12-4, with all but one of their wins coming at No. 2 doubles.
The Islanders and Broncs met up on Feb. 10 at the H-E-B Tennis Center. A&M - Corpus Christi battled through the wet, windy and cold weather to sweep UTPA, 6-0. The Islanders clinched all six singles matches, including three matches that went into three-setters. Picking up singles wins were Nicolae, Martin, Burges, Rodriguez, Galhos and Vives.
Following Wednesday's match, the Islanders will return home for a two-match homestand at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. First up is a makeup match with Houston on Saturday, April 12, at 12 p.m. The match was originally scheduled for Feb. 2 in Houston, but was postponed due to rain in the forecast.
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