Top Moment #5: Men's Tennis Clinches Regular Season Title

Courtesy: Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics
Courtesy: Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics

CORPUS CHRISTI - Throughout the summer of 2011, will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2010-11 school year.

Every Thursday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Tuesdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.

Top Moment #5 - Men's Tennis Clinches Regular Season Title

The 2011 Islander men's tennis team marked this season as a memorable one by winning both the regular season and tournament titles for the Southland Conference Championships. But it was Apr. 7 when the Islander's made league history, earning their fourth Southland Conference Title in-a-row with a 4-3 win over UTSA.

Eager for another title, the Islanders expected this tennis match to be a competitive one, especially when losing the doubles point early on. From that point on the team played from behind nearly the entire match, but the guy's showed optimism by remaining confident and not giving up.

In singles, the Islander's lost the first set in three matches but kept fighting through the adversity. But when junior Aurelien Tave finished with a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 4 position to even the score at 1-1; it gave the team ambition to step their game up. The Islander's took over from there, winning the three of the next four matches to take a 4-2 lead before finishing with a 4-3 victory.

The native of Belgium, Laurent Montoisy, evened the score at 2-2 with his 6-1, 6-3 final at No. 1 singles. The Islanders senior co-captain finished the year with an undefeated record at No. 1 in Southland Conference singles and was previously named Southland player of the week four times during the season prior to the championships.

Senior James Langford was next to finish, fighting back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-1, and 6-3 at No. 2 singles. But it was Matt Westmoreland who shined as the youngest Islanders player, as he clinched the match for his team with another battle at No. 5 singles. The odds were against him when he was paired with a tough senior, but Matt dug out a win after being down a set and then a break in the third set. The freshman gave an incredible match, taking the win 3-6, 6-4, and 6-3.

It was the 25th win for the Islanders in their last 26 matches of Southland Conference play, while also becoming the first team to sweep the league awards in conference history. Montoisy was named Player of the Year, Tave was named Newcomer of the Year and Westmoreland was named Freshman of the Year in addition to Director of Tennis Steve Moore earning his fifth-straight Coach of the Year honor.


Top Performances:

June 16 - #10: Nikki Dunn battles the elements at Rio Verde Invitational
June 23 - #9: Jammer and Scott Go Off Against UTPA
June 30 - #8: Justin Reynolds Scores 26 in Home Finale
July 7 - #7: Mirna Cicak knocks off No. 1 player from defending Southland Champion Northwestern State
July 14 - #6: Patrick Kimeli qualifies for NCAA Championship
July 21 - #5: Emma Ridley has 26 kills and hits .339 in road win at SFA

Top Moments:

June 21 - #10: Women's Tennis Defeats SFA to Give Them Fourth Loss of Year
June 28 - #9: Softball's Crazy Comeback Wins
July 5 - #8: Baseball's walk-off win over UTSA and comeback win over SFA at Southland Tournament
July 12 - #7: Men's Hoops Knocks Off Houston
July 19 - #6: Ernestine Cray Named Southland Freshman of the Year
July 26 - #5: Men's Tennis Clinches Regular Season Title