Montoisy and Islanders men's tennis have big opening day at Baylor HEB Invitational

Montoisy and Islanders men's tennis have big opening day at Baylor HEB Invitational

WACO - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi continued this fall season at the prestigious Baylor HEB Men's Invitational. Senior Laurent Montoisy advanced to the round of 16 with defeats of the top singles players from Maryland and Oklahoma State.

Montoisy, won his first match on Friday against Jesse Kiuru from Maryland 6-2, 6-1 which was followed up with another straight set victory versus Alexsey Bessonov of Oklahoma State 6-1, 6-2 both in flight A.

"It was great to see Laurent play well in his first tournament since returning from his redshirt season," said director of tennis Steve Moore "He showed great focus today but I'm happy to see his hard work over the last year come through today for him."

Nate Robinson was victorious over Jason Lateko of UT Arlington 6-4, 6-4.

Islanders Open champion James Langford opened the day with a victory against Ted Nilsson who withdrew due to an injury. Langford then fell to one of the tougher seeded players in the tournament, Tim Puetz of Auburn 6-1, 6-3. Puetz was a top 20 player last spring.

Newcomers Aurelien Tave was defeated 6-1 and 7-6 by Alex Stamovez of Auburn. Alex Pavlov had to retire down a set to Paul Chappelle of TCU. Matt Westmoreland lost a close match to Elliot Minvielle from Louisiana Layfeyette 6-4, 7-6.

In doubles, Tave and Westmoreland defeated Danny Gies and Ali Rizbi of the Air Force Academy 8-5. Langford and Montoisy came up short versus Alberto Bautista and Colin Hoover of Texas A&M 8-5.

"Tomorrow will be another tough day of matches and we'll need to be prepared," said Moore "This is one of the best fall tournaments so the experience will be important."

The action will continue on Saturday at the Baylor HEB Invitational results are available at