Top Moment #3: Men’s Tennis Clinches NCAA Berth With SLC Tournament Win
CORPUS CHRISTI – Throughout the summer of 2014, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2013-14 school year.
Every Tuesday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Thursdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Moment #3: Men's Tennis Clinches NCAA Berth With SLC Tournament Win
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team had another historic season in the Southland Conference, earning a perfect 6-0 record during the regular season to clinch their seventh straight regular-season title. However, the Islanders didn't stop there. The team went on to garner two victories in the Southland Tournament to clinch their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years.
The Islanders secured their second consecutive trip to the NCAAs on April 27 after rolling past Lamar 4-1 in the championship match of the Southland Tournament. The team sealed a tight doubles point after the duo of Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo topped the Cardinal pair of Jeandre Hoogenboezem and Juuso Laitinen, 8-2, in No. 1 doubles. After Lamar picked up a win on court two, the senior-freshman tandem of Matt Westmoreland and Paul Cook took Nikita Lis and Mikko Rajamak to a seven-point tiebreaker in No. 2 doubles. In the tiebreak, the Islanders rallied behind the great Corpus Christi crowd to win 8-7 (7-3).
In singles play, Javier Pujol padded the Islanders' lead to 2-0 in No. 3 singles before Lamar got on board with a straight-set victory on court two. A&M - Corpus Christi then powered their way to the title with back-to-back wins on courts one and four to clinch the match. Nagy recorded his 20th singles win of the season after downing his opponent 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 singles before Westmoreland, for the second straight year, clinched the title match for the Islanders. The senior won his match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, to earn the Islanders a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The Islanders advanced to the opening round of the NCAA Championships in Waco, Texas, before losing a highly competitive match to No. 4 Baylor.
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June 17 - #10: Bourque Leads Islanders to Best SLC Start in Program History
June 24 - #9: Shaw's Explosive Weekend at UIW and ACU
July 1 - #8: Jordan's Buzzer Beater Sends Islanders Past IPFW
July 8 - #7: Baar Wins the Steeple at Southland Championships
July 15 - #6: Nagy Shines in Three-Set Victory over Top-Ranked Opponent
July 22 - #5: Belicek Strikes Out 12 in Two-Hit Shutout vs. Lamar
July 29 - #4: Islanders Dance Crowned NDA Challenge Cup Champions
August 5 - #3: Vanessa Johnson Shoots School-Record 67
June 19 - #10: Islanders Softball Sweeps Lamar
June 26 - #9: Shaw's Late Three Lifts Islanders Past UCA
July 3 - #8: Women's Tennis Victory Over SMU
July 10 - #7: Miller's Golden Goal Leads Islanders to first SLC Win
July 17 - #6: Men's Basketball Beats ORU in Overtime
July 24 - #5: Volleyball Makes History with First SLC Tournament Win
July 31- #4: Islanders Baseball Rallies for Walk-Off Win Over Lamar
August 7 - #3: Men's Tennis Clinches NCAA Berth With SLC Tournament Win