Young Islanders Start Season at 2-0 with Win Over Utah State
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The No. 73 Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's tennis team picked up its second win to start the season on Saturday afternoon with a 7-0 victory over Utah State at the New Mexico State Tennis Complex.
"I thought the guys really fought hard today to maintain their intensity in both doubles and singles," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I was especially proud of Gergo and Nathan, who played very, very focused against tough opponents.
"I'm very impressed with Peter Nagy as a freshman playing so mentally tough at No. 1 singles."
The Islanders, who are playing three freshmen and a sophomore in their top six, move to 2-0 on the season after picking up their win over a Western Athletic Conference opponent to end the Las Cruces portion of the road trip. The Aggies, a team who spent nearly half the season ranked in the ITA Top 75 a year ago, move to 0-2 on the season with the setback. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi had previously beaten No. 53 New Mexico State on Thursday to open the year.
"The guys showed great improvement today in doubles," said Moore. "I think we learned a lot of things we need to improve against NMSU and I thought the guys did a great job of making changes we needed to make.
"I thought they came out very hungry and focused today. Our goal is to take care of the things we can control, and to play each and every point with intensity and intelligence."
In doubles, things started out quickly for the Islanders, with Peter Nagy and Gergo Weidinger earning an 8-4 victory at the No. 1 position. Nathan Robinson and Alex Pavlov then proceeded to clinch the point for their team with another 8-4 victory, this time at No. 3 doubles. Aurelien Tave and Matt Westmoreland completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 tally at the No. 2 position.
Freshman Fernando Llorens picked up the second point for the Islanders with a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles. Westmoreland then pushed the match to the brink by taking a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles to make it a 3-0 score.
Nagy, the freshman playing in just his second collegiate match ever, put the match away with a 6-3, 6-3 final at No. 1 singles. Tave continued the scoreless streak for the Aggies by taking a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles, while Robinson put away the No. 5 match with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 final and Weidinger closed out play with a 6-3, 7-5 final at the No. 3 position.
"Sometimes being on the road is good for you," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "You bond together and really stick together and lift each other up.
"I feel like this team has good morale and good chemistry right now, and it is showing in their play."
Next up on the schedule will be a 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon match in Albuquerque against Nevada. The Islanders follow that up with a 7 p.m. match against host New Mexico on Monday to round out the season-opening road trip.
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Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs Utah State
01/21/2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
#73 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 7, Utah State 0
1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Sven Poslusny (USU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) def. Matt Sweet (USU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Curran Wearmouth (USU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Fernando Llorens (AMCC) def. Lenny Whiting (USU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Nathan Robinson (AMCC) def. Nate Ballam (USU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
1. Peter Nagy/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) def. Sven Poslusny/Matt Sweet (USU) 8-4
2. Aurelien Tave/Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Marcus Fritz/Fredrik Peterson (USU) 8-3
3. Nathan Robinson/Alex Pavlov (AMCC) def. Nate Ballam/Curran Wearmouth (USU) 8-4
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 2-0; National ranking #73
Utah State 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,1,2,6,3)