CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's Tennis player Aurelien Tave won the final match of the Third-Annual Islanders Open against teammate Matt Westmoreland by a 6-1, 6-1 score on Tuesday night. The two players met under the lights at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in front of over 150 fans to decide the championship. The Islanders won three-of-four titles (Men's Singles, Women's Singles and Men's Doubles) at the tournament.
"I'm really proud of the way these two guys developed, as everyone knows we lost our top two guys from last year," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "These guys have stepped up to take those spots and worked very hard this summer.
"This was a very tough field, to make the finals against each other, I'm very proud of them. And to have Stefania Nicolae win the women's with Houston's top players is very impressive."
The experience of Tave, a senior, helped him take the match over Westmoreland, a sophomore, in the two-set affair. In the opening set, each player held serve to open before Tave broke Westmoreland twice to take the 6-1 decision.
In set two, Tave won the first four games before Westmoreland held serve for a 4-1 score. Tave won the next game to go up 5-1 before finishing things off by breaking Westmoreland's serve for another 6-1 final.
The senior capped off a great tournament by the Islanders contingent, with two finalists in the men's final, Nicolae winning the women's draw and the team of Tave and Pietro Jordao capturing the men's doubles title as well.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi has had five-of-six finalists in the men's bracket since the inception of the tournament, with Laurent Montoisy and Tave winning the past two titles.
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