HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 60 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis suffered its second-straight 4-1 loss on Saturday after falling by a 4-1 final against a very hot No. 50 South Florida team coming off of a win over Florida State, who has been ranked as high as No. 25 this season. The two teams are taking part in the 53rd Rice Invitational being held by Rice at the Jake Hess Tennis Center.
"Again I thought we battled extremely hard today and had some great opportunities against a great team," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "All these ranked teams are going to be tough and they are all pretty similar in level.
"But I like the way we competed today. If we continue to compete this way we will be fine."
The Islanders are now 9-8 on the season with a match against No. 41 Rice on tap for Sunday. USF improved to 9-5 on the year.
In doubles action, Laurent Montoisy and Gergo Weidinger started the action by beating the No. 62 ranked team in the nation of Lucas Jovita and Jamal Adderley. In No.2 doubles, James Langford and Aurelien Tave lost a close 8-6 match to even the score. It came down to the No. 3 position, with Matt Westmoreland and Robert Raguz fell by a 9-7 final to give USF the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.
In singles, Langford dropped a 6-4, 6-1 final at the No. 2 position to make it a 2-0 score. The No. 3 spot had Tave winning in quick fashion, taking a 6-2, 6-1 result to bring the score to within 2-1.
The comeback was not to be however, as Weidinger dropped a 6-3, 6-0 final at No. 6 singles to make it 3-0 and Westmoreland lost 6-3, 6-1 to complete the match at a 4-1 score.
Montoisy was leading in the second set of his match when it went unfinished with a score of 5-7, 7-5 at No. 1 singles. Raguz was nearing victory at No. 4 singles, leading 7-6 (8-6), 4-3 when play was stopped.
"We didn't quite pull out the win today," said Moore. "But we played a darn good match against a very good team."
Despite the loss, the Islanders head coach knows his team is on the right track and will eventually break through.
"Today's match is a lot like yesterday," said Moore. "It came down to the wire and we certainly had opportunities.
"The key is to just keep fighting your tail off and you'll win your share of these too over the long haul."
Next up is No. 41 Rice in the finale of the 53rd Annual Rice Invitational. Match time is set for a 12 p.m. at the Jake Hess Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
South Florida vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
3/19/2011 at Houston, Texas
#50 South Florida 4, #60 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1
1. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) vs. #73 Lucas Jovita (USF) 5-7, 5-2, unfinished
2. Wael Kilani (USF) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-4, 6-1
3. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) def. Jamal Adderley (USF) 6-2, 6-1
4. Robert Raguz (AMCC) vs. Yannick Yoshizawa (USF) 7-6 (8-6), 4-3, unfinished
5. Juan Carlos Acuna Ge (USF) def. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Federico Sabogal (USF) def. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 6-3, 6-2
1. Laurent Montoisy/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. #62 Lucas Jovita/Jamal Adderley (USF) 8-5
2. Yannick Yoshizawa/Romain Deridder (USF) def. Aurelien Tave/James Langford (AMCC) 8-6
3. Wael Kilani/Sebastian Hagn (USF) def. Matt Westmoreland/Robert Raguz (AMCC) 9-8 (7-5)
South Florida 9-5; National ranking #50
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-8; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,6,5)