Islanders Battle Nationally Ranked TCU Before Falling in Fort Worth
FORT WORTH – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's Tennis team suffered another tough loss on Wednesday night, falling by a 4-0 final to No. 67 TCU in a closely contested match at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the Horned Frogs campus.
The Islanders (0-3) lost to yet another nationally ranked team as TCU (4-1) came into the meeting with a No. 67 ranking in the latest ITA polls released on Wednesday afternoon. The Islanders competed hard with their lineup of five freshman and two sophomores on the 10-man team, including Ricardo Mayagoitia, the newest Islander who made his collegiate debut on Wednesday night.
TCU has lost just one match, coming last week when they served for the match against No. 20 Michigan before falling to the Wolverines.
"We lost to a very good TCU team tonight, a Top 25 level team in my opinion," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. ""Give them credit, they fought back very hard to turn around the doubles point, and then showed up with tremendous energy and got on top of us in the singles."
Things started off with tense battles throughout doubles, as two of the matches went to tiebreak and the final one finishing at 8-5. Guillaume Rauseo and Gergo Weidinger led 5-4 before they fell by an 8-5 final at No. 3 doubles to give TCU the early lead.
The next to finish was Andrew Maingot and Matt Westmoreland suffering an 8-7 (8-6) loss at the No. 2 position to clinch the doubles point for the Horned Frogs. The final doubles match finished at 8-7 (7-1) as Peter Nagy and Odon Barta came up just short at the No. 1 position after serving for the match at 7-5 before TCU rallied.
In singles action Westmoreland absorbed a 6-0, 6-1 defeat to make it a 2-0 TCU lead. Mayagoitia saw his first collegiate action, suffering a 6-2, 6-2 loss at No. 5 singles to put TCU up 3-0.The match was closed out at No. 4 singles when Rauseo fell by a 6-2, 6-2 score to finish play.
"We're improving, I thought we competed extremely hard," said Moore. "We played outstanding in the doubles. I felt we lost some momentum when we let the doubles point slip away, but that's not acceptable because that is something we can control."
With the match being played indoors, the match was stopped once a team reached the four-point threshold. Nagy's match went unfinished at No. 1, Weidinger's at No. 3 and Pietro Jordao at the No. 6 spot.
"They say you're either winning or you're learning," said Moore." Right now we're doing some learning. We'll be fine, we just have to get back and do some extreme hard work to get ready for the next match."
Next up for the Islanders will be a Feb. 5 match at Prairie View to end the season opening home stand. Both the men and women play the Panthers that day, with the men coming home following the match for the first home contest on Feb. 14 against Nevada at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
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Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi vs TCU
01/30/13 at Fort Worth, Texas
#67 TCU 4, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 0
1. Nick Chappell (TCU) vs. Peter Nagy (AMCC) 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
2. #100 Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 6-0, 6-1
3. Facundo Lugones (TCU) vs. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
4. Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) 6-2, 6-2
5. JT Sundling (TCU) def. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) 6-2, 6-2
6. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) vs. Pietro Jordao (AMCC) 3-0, unfinished
1. Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU) def. Odon Barta/Peter Nagy (AMCC) 8-7 (7-1)
2. Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Andrew Maingot/Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) 8-7 (8-6)
3. Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Guillaume Rauseo/Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 8-5
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 0-3
TCU 4-1; National ranking #67
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,5,4)
Match played indoors