CORPUS CHRISTI – The nationally-ranked Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's tennis team fought hard, but came up short against the No. 14 Texas Longhorns at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club in front of a school record 507 fans. Despite weather conditions and the moving of the match indoors, the Islanders still attracted one of the biggest crowds in the nation this season.
"This was great day and a great college sporting event for our university and our city," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Over 500 people showed up to watch the Islanders play the Longhorns. The support we had today really shows how this city embraces the sport of tennis and Islander Tennis. We competed incredibly hard, maybe a little tighter than I would have liked, but nonetheless incredibly hard.
"I think standing room only is a good problem to have. We wanted this to be our grand opening at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center, but this was a still a great day and we're incredibly grateful to the Corpus Christi Athletic Club."
In doubles, the Islanders battled hard before falling in the three matches to put Texas ahead by a 1-0 score. In No. 1 doubles, Peter Nagy and Gergo Weidinger played tough before falling by an 8-6 final. No. 2 doubles saw Aurelien Tave and Matt Westmoreland fall by an 8-1 final to the No. 48-ranked team in the country. The No. 3 position was also a battle, with Alex Pavlov and Andrew Maingot suffering an 8-4 defeat.
"Give the Texas Longhorns a ton of credit, they have a great team as they always do, and another top 10 caliber team," said Moore. "I thought they played very well today.
"I especially thought Alex Hilliard rose up for them in front of his hometown and played at an elite level in singles and doubles."
Due to the limited space indoors, No. 4, 5 and 6 singles were played first.
In No. 4 singles, Fernando Llorens grabbed the first set of the day for the Islanders before falling in three sets by a 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2 final. Robinson played No. 5 singles, where he lost a tough 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) final, and Maingot fell by a 6-0, 6-0 final at No. 6 singles.
In the second set of singles matches, Weidinger fell 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 3 position, while No. 1 singles saw Nagy suffer a 6-2, 6-2 setback. The final match to finish was the No. 2 position, with Tave taking a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 final for the Islanders only point of the match.
"I thought that Aurelien, Nathan and Fernando played especially tough and really competed with great spirit today," said Moore.
With the capacity crowd in attendance, local fans were treated to great tennis between two ranked teams. It is something Moore was incredibly thankful to see in his hometown.
"A lot of very good people have poured their heart and soul into making this day happen, and we are grateful beyond words," said Moore. "People like our president, Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Dr. Trent Hill, Thomas J. Henry, our athletic director, Scott Lazenby, our former athletic director, Tim Fitzpatrick and all the people who give from their heart to this team from academics, the coaching staff, all the athletic department personnel and the Corpus Christi donors who support this team.
"Today was the result of a lot of people's giving and hard work, and we want to recognize them for that."
Next up for the Islanders will be a Tuesday match in Hattiesburg, Miss. against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
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Texas vs Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
02/12/2012 at Corpus Christi, Texas
#14 Texas 6, #75 Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1
1. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Peter Nagy (AMCC) 6-2, 6-2
2. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) def. Chris Camillone (UT) 7-5, 6-4
3. David Holiner (UT) def. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 6-0, 6-1
4. Alex Hilliard (UT) def. Fernando Llorens (AMCC) 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2
5. Joey Swaysland (UT) def. Nathan Robinson (AMCC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Jacoby Lewis (UT) def. Andrew Maingot (AMCC) 6-0, 6-1
1. Soren Hess-Olesen/Alex Hilliard (UT) def. Peter Nagy/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 8-6
2. #48 Chris Camillone/David Holiner (UT) def. Aurelien Tave/Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 8-1
3. Jacoby Lewis/Joey Swaysland (UT) def. Andrew Maingot/Alex Pavlov (AMCC) 8-4
Texas 6-2; National ranking #14
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4-4; National ranking #75
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,3,4,1,2)