CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team will send three players to compete in the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships in Waco, Texas. The largest Division I tournament in the state of Texas starts Saturday, Oct. 19 and continues through Tuesday, Oct. 22 on the campus of Baylor University.
"I believe the Texas Region is the strongest region in Division I tennis," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "This is one of the strongest college tennis tournaments and is one of the highest-level college tournaments in the United States."
The Islanders men's team has held strong showings over the years with both Laurent Montoisy and Dmitry Novikov reaching the quarterfinals for the men's team. Last year, on the men's side, the Texas Region saw four teams ranked in the top 20 in the Division I Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings and eight teams in the top 60, including the Islanders at No. 51 nationally.
Moore, who was selected by his peers to be the regional chairman for the ITA Tennis Region, will send Kevin Bettendroffer, Ricardo Mayagoitia and Javier Pujol to compete. Bettendroffer captured the men's singles title of the Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Mayagoitia, while Pujol won the consolation title of the men's singles final.
Bettendroffer and Mayagoitia will team up in doubles play to take on Andres Alfonzo and Blake Wiggins of Texas Tech in the round of 64 at 8 a.m. The winner will advance to the round of 32 at 4 p.m. and will play Tommy Bennett and Adam Gustafsson of Rice.
Bettendroffer will then face Guiherme Gesser of Abilene Christian at 9:15 a.m. in singles play. The winner will face No. 3 Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M at 1:30 p.m. Pujol will open singles play against Leif Berger of Rice at 10:30 a.m. with the winner slated to play TCU's No. 9 Arnau Dachs at 3 p.m. Mayagoitia is scheduled to play Carlos DiLaura of Texas Tech in singles action at 12:15 p.m. The winner will face either Sebastian Job (UTPA) or Facundo Lugones (TCU) at 3:45 p.m.
There are 12 regions nationally in the ITA and the winner and the runner-ups of this tournament will represent their region at the National Indoors held in New York at the U.S. Open.