URBANA, Ill. – Sophomore Peter Nagy of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team will take on Mississippi State's Malte Stropp in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Singles Championship Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Atkins Tennis Center, it was announced today. Nagy, ranked 88th in the nation, is the first Islanders individual to compete in the NCAA Championship. Stropp is currently ranked 57th nationally.
"This is huge, it's the NCAA Championships, the big dance, and we get to see Islanders Athletics in both the team tournament and the singles," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "You look at all the big-name schools in the draw, and there's A&M-Corpus Christi. I love our school and I love our city, so it means a lot to me personally to see us get exposure on the biggest stage."
Moore felt Nagy's work ethic was the key component to him reaching the NCAA Tournament and will be the key component in his match tomorrow.
"Peter has worked so hard and his consistency and tenacity in the way he's played earned him this ranking and this spot in the national tournament," Moore added. "Those will be the same keys that we rely on tomorrow. He's one of the elite competitors in the country and he's going to have a great chance to show that.
"It's hot and it's windy right now, and that plays into our style," he continued. "We've got a ton of respect for Mississippi State, but we'll do what we always do and try to focus on the things we can control and out-compete the other guy, one point at a time – play each point separately and with intensity. That's what our program is about and it's certainly what we want to represent on a national stage."
The singles championships, hosted by the University of Illinois, will continue with one round per day through May 27. A live video stream will be available for all of tomorrow's action at FightingIllini.com.
Nagy, a native of Budapest, Hungary, has lost just four matches between the fall and spring seasons, going 16-3 in dual matches in the spring, and losing just once during the fall at the ITA Texas Regionals. He won the Marco & Co. Islanders Open and the Rice Galleria Fall Invite, both ITA-sanctioned events, while reaching the Round of 16 at the ITA tournament. He has lost just once since Feb. 21.
Nagy was an automatic qualifier from the Southland Conference after winning the conference championship at No. 1 singles and being ranked in the top 125 singles players in the nation. He was named the Southland Player of the Year in addition to being a First Team All-Southland selection for both singles and doubles.
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