CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team cruised past Western Michigan 4-0 today to claim fifth place at the 48th Annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
"This is a one of the premier tournaments in the United States," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "For 48 years in a row H-E-B has been our title sponsor. I can't begin to tell you the gratitude that we have toward H-E-B for that type of long-term commitment. Our guys always compete with an extra sense of gratitude at this tournament for the privilege of hosting it and this home crowd is the best in the country. Our goal is always to win this tournament and it's always hard to swallow losing here, but our guys showed tremendous courage, and character, and competed with incredible spirit and tenacity the next two matches. We had to beat two tough teams in DePaul and Western Michigan."
A&M - Corpus Christi (11-6) started strong in singles play with junior Peter Nagy capturing the Islanders' first point of the day in No. 1 singles. The co-captain downed the Broncos' (8-7) Nadin Indre in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, to improve to 11-2 on the year in the No. 1 spot. The Islanders kept things rolling with Javier Pujol picking up a straight-set victory in the No. 4 slot. The sophomore powered his way to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jimmy Beckwith to move his singles record to 9-6. A&M – Corpus Christi padded its lead to 3-0 after Ricardo Mayagoitia secured a 6-2 first set win over Ruben Greiner in No. 2 singles. In the second set, Mayagoitia was ahead 2-1 when Greiner retired due to an injury.
The Islanders kept the momentum going and clinched the match in No. 6 singles. Freshman Philip Kuehnen garnered his third straight victory in singles with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Matt Hamilton to propel the Islanders to their 11th victory of the season.
A&M - Corpus Christi was ahead on court five when play was stopped. Freshman Paul Cook sealed his first set 6-4 over Michael Treis and was leading the second set 4-1. In the final singles match of the day, Guillaume Rauseo dropped the first set to Andrew Cahn in No. 3 singles and the two were even at 3-3 in the second set.
The Islanders will continue Southland Conference action on Monday, March 10, when they host Abilene Christian at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
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Tennis Match Results
Western Michigan vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
3/1/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4, Western Michigan 0
1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Nadin Indre (WMU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU) 6-2, 2-1, retired
3. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) vs. Andrew Cahn (WMU) 4-6, 3-3, unfinished
4. Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Paul Cook (AMCC) vs. Michael Treis (WMU) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. Philip Kuehnen (AMCC) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 6-2, 6-0
Western Michigan 8-7
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 11-6
Order of finish: Singles (1,4,2,6)
48th Annual HEB Tournament of Champions