Tennis Starts Strong in Marathon First Day at Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's and Women's Tennis teams had several strong efforts on Friday in the first round of the 2012 Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open. The opening day did not end until a mandatory shutoff of the lights at midnight.

Matt Westmoreland led a group of men's players that earned victories, winning 6-2, 6-3 over Thomas Panoulas from Texas – Pan American. Newcomer Javier Pujol won 6-4, 6-1 against Eric Buchalter of UTSA in the first round, but lost 7-6 (7-2) in the first set before retiring due to cramps against Joel Rubio, also of UTSA. Peter Nagy cruised in his first match of the day, winning 6-0, 6-0 against UTSA's Kolby Kilgo before facing new teammate Guillame Rauseo in the next round after Rauseo won a 6-2, 6-2 match against Alejandro Senoja of UTPA.

In the second round of singles, Westmoreland rallied from a set down to win in tiebreak with a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7 final over Joel Rubio of UTSA. Nagy also advanced to the semifinals, winning 6-2, 6-4 against Rauseo.

In doubles, Pujol and Pietro Jordan were trailing 6-3 when play was suspended at midnight, while Westmoreland and Rauseo were behind 7-6 at the stopping point.

On the women's side, defending champion Stefania Nicolae won 6-1, 6-1 in the opening match of her title defense. Chelsea Horan took a 6-2, 6-1 final, Leanne Mascall rallied for a 2-6, 6-0, 10-5 win, newcomer Maider Martin won in straight sets by a 6-4, 6-2 score and Sandra Burges earned a 6-3, 6-3 final to win her match. Ashley Garza won 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round, while newcomer Venesa Figueroa earned a quick 6-1, 6-0 victory to start her Islanders career.

In doubles action, Burges and Horan won 8-3 in the only match of the day, Nicolae and Martin won 8-1 and Cassie Shaw teamed with Garza to win their opener 8-4 before falling by an identical 8-4 score in the second round.

Play continued throughout the night, and full results of the first day can be found by visiting www.GoIslanders.com