CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team clinched their fourth straight Southland Conference match, 6-1, today over Nicholls, to stay undefeated in conference play. The Islanders (15-9, 4-0 SLC) garnered the doubles point for the third consecutive match before winning five of the six singles matches over the Colonels (11-10, 4-2 SLC) at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
"I thought today was a very focused and purposeful effort from our guys," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "Nicholls is a very tough team and they have had a great season. We needed to be focused today. I thought the guys really came out with purpose and spirit. We need to duplicate this effort every match from this point forward. I'm proud of our guys today, and the focus and toughness they showed."
The duo of Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo along with the tandem of Ricardo Mayagoitia and Javier Pujol finished seconds apart from each other with mirror 8-3 victories. Nagy and Rauseo downed Kieran Cronin and Bernard Wezeman in No. 1 doubles before Mayagoitia and Pujol topped Nico Mertens and Evan Karatzas in No. 3 singles. The sophomore pair has now won three straight in conference play. In the final doubles match of the day, the freshman-senior duo of Matt Westmoreland and Paul Cook were trailing Partha Adavelly and Lukas Clemens, 6-5, in No. 2 doubles when the point was clinched.
The Islanders, who have lost just one regular-season Southland Conference match in the last eight years, didn't waste any time clinching the match in singles play with three consecutive straight-set victories. Pujol gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead after he registered his third straight win, 6-1, 6-3, over Clemens in No. 3 singles. The sophomore is undefeated in conference play with a 4-0 record and is 13-9 in dual matches. Rauseo followed suit with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Cronin in the No. 5 slot to win his second consecutive match.
For the second straight match, Nagy, the reigning Southland Conference Player of the Year, clinched the match for the Islanders in No. 1 singles. The junior powered past Adavelly, 6-2, 6-3, to win his fourth consecutive match and secure the Islanders their fourth point of the day. Nagy has tallied a perfect 4-0 record in Southland play this season at No. 1 singles and holds a team-best 16-3 record. The Budapest, Hungary native has registered a 13-1 career record in the Southland, with his only loss in his career in conference play coming during his freshman year.
Westmoreland bounced back after a tough loss on Friday, to win his match in straight sets at No. 4 singles and extend the Islanders lead to 5-0. The senior secured a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Wezeman, before the Colonels posted their first point of the day. Mertens squeezed out a super tiebreaker victory over Mayagoitia in the No. 2 slot. After dropping the first set 6-4, Mayagoitia responded with a 6-2 second-set win, before Mertens notched the tiebreaker 10-5.
The Islanders earned their sixth and final point of the day after Cook captured his third consecutive win at No. 6 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Max Sinn. The freshman is now a perfect 4-0 in conference play in the No. 6 slot and 7-4 overall.
The Islanders will return to action on Wednesday, April 16, in Austin, Texas, to take on first-year Southland member Abilene Christian in a neutral-site conference match at 10 a.m. This is a makeup match that was originally scheduled for March 10, but because of rain was postponed.
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Tennis Match Results
Nicholls vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
4/11/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, Nicholls 1
1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Partha Adavelly (NICM) 6-2, 6-3
2. Nico Mertens (NICM) def. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)
3. Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Lukas Clemens (NICM) 6-1, 6-3
4. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Bernard Wezeman (NICM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Kieran Cronin (NICM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Paul Cook (AMCC) def. Max Sinn (NICM) 6-2, 6-4
1. Peter Nagy/Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Kieran Cronin/Bernard Wezeman (NICM) 8-3
2. Matt Westmoreland/Paul Cook (AMCC) vs. Partha Adavelly/Lukas Clemens (NICM) 5-6, unfinished
3. Ricardo Mayagoitia/Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Nico Mertens/Evan Karatzas (NICM) 8-3
Nicholls 11-10, 4-2 SLC
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 15-9, 4-0 SLC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,1,4,2,6)