WACO, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team had a tough afternoon against one of the elite teams in the country on Friday, falling 7-0 to the No. 9 Baylor Bears at the Baylor Tennis Center.
"I think we played one of the top three or four teams today in all of Division I, a team with a legitimate chance to be national champions," said Moore. "I thought we did a very good job of the things we could control, especially our effort and attitude.
"We fought till the end but were unable to pull out one of the matches."
The Islanders move to 1-4 on the year while Baylor improves to 2-1 this season. The men's team is scheduled for another road match, its fifth-straight to start the season, on Saturday at 10 a.m. against No. 48 TCU.
In doubles action, the No. 2 team of Nathan Robinson and Robert Raguz came up just short, falling 8-6 to Dennis Lengsfeld and Jordan Rux. The No. 1 singles matchup had the No. 4-ranked team of John Peers and Roberto Maytin downing Laurent Montoisy and James Langford by an 8-3 final. No. 3 doubles had Andrew Maingot and Alex Pavlov losing 8-0 to Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro.
Singles saw Raguz suffer another tough defeat, this time falling in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, to Lengsfeld at the No. 3 position. Aurelien Tave took a 6-4, 6-0 loss against Sergio Ramirez at the No. 4 spot while Gergo Weidinger lost 6-1, 6-2 to Maytin in the No. 5 position.
"Robert had an especially good day, I thought he played exceptionally well," said Moore. "You can learn a lot when you play a player that is arguably the best in the nation at his position.
"They say you're either winning or learning, and today we learned."
Langford was downed 6-2, 6-1 against Rux at No. 2 singles and Matt Westmoreland fell 6-0, 6-2 against Grangeiro at the No. 6 position. The final Islanders player, Laurent Montoisy, turned his ankle and had to retire from the No. 1 singles match against No. 22-ranked Peers following the first set.
"I felt bad for Laurent, he is a senior, but he hurt his foot and had to withdraw," said Moore. "He is going to try to play tomorrow."
The team must quickly recover for its 10 a.m. match on Saturday against No. 48 TCU. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will travel to Forth Worth tonight for the early-morning matchup against another ranked team.
"This team is pushing very hard to get back in the NCAA national rankings, and to do that we have to play the type of teams we've played in the last week," said Moore. "Those are going to be incredibly tough battles, but that's what you have to do to get into the national rankings.
"This team is competing extremely, extremely hard each time they play, and I believe good things are coming for them."
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Baylor
1/28/2011 at Waco, Texas
#9 Baylor 7, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
1. #22 John Peers (BAYLOR) def. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) 6-1, retired
2. Jordan Rux (BAYLOR) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Dennis Lengsfeld (BAYLOR) def. Robert Raguz (AMCC) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
4. Sergio Ramirez (BAYLOR) def. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) 6-4, 6-0
5. Roberto Maytin (BAYLOR) def. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Kike Grangeiro (BAYLOR) def. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 6-0, 6-2
1. #4 John Peers/Roberto Maytin (BAYLOR) def. Laurent Montoisy/James Langford (AMCC) 8-3
2. Nathan Robinson/Robert Raguz (AMCC) def. Dennis Lengsfeld/Jordan Rux (BAYLOR) 8-6
3. Kike Grangeiro/Julian Bley (BAYLOR) def. Andrew Maingot/Alex Pavlov (AMCC) 8-0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1-4
Baylor 2-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,6,5,4,3)