In a highly competitive match, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis team lost a 6-1 final to Lamar on Saturday afternoon at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The match lasted six and a half hours as the two teams battled for the Southland Conference victory.
The Islanders move to 9-10 on the season and 4-6 in Southland Conference matches. The Lady Cardinals improve to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in Southland Conference play.
"Give credit to Lamar, they won an incredible battle today that team is always the same, very well coached and competes extremely hard," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Today was a great match, we had a great crowd and we lost a great battle."
The Islanders started out the match by taking the doubles point by a 2-1 final to grab an early 1-0 dual match lead. After Mirna Cicak and Meagan Harless lost at No. 1 doubles by an 8-3 final, Bianca Discordia and Doris Kuselj won 8-5 at the No. 2 spot and LeAnne Mascall and Nadia Filmalter took a 9-7 final at the No. 3 position.
"I love what the way these girls are competing, if you're going to beat these girls, it's going to take you six and a half hours and you are going to collapse from exhaustion afterwards," said Moore. "That's what it's going to take, that's how hard our girls compete, but give credit to Lamar, that's what they did today."
In singles competition, freshman Doris Kuselj lost her first-ever Southland Conference match in a hard fought three set loss by a 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 score at the No. 2 position. Kuselj was 8-0 on the season in Southland matches coming into the day.
The Islanders pair of Mascall and Filmalter also won their first set before falling as Mascall lost 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles and Filmalter absorbed a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 loss at the No. 6 position.
"I love the way that LeAnne and Nadia fought today," said Moore. "You have to give your opponent credit but those girls competed incredible today."
Cicak, a sophomore, also suffered a rare conference loss, falling 7-6, 6-3 to Mariaryeni Gutierrez who is now 17-0 on the year. At No. 3 singles, Discordia lost 6-4, 6-2 and Adrienne Kovacs took a 6-4, 6-2 loss as well at the No. 4 position.
"I think we saw some of the best players in the Southland at the No. 1 and 2 positions," said Moore. "But our girls are a sophomore and a freshman so I love what the future holds."
The Islanders have one regular season match remaining before the Southland Conference begins. TAMUCC will play Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland match on Sunday, April 18 in Beaumont in the regular season finale.
Lamar vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
4/3/2010 at Corpus Christi, Texas
Lamar 6, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1
1. Mariaryeni Gutierrez (LU) def. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) 7-6, 6-3
2. Kaltrina Harbuzi (LU) def. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 4-6, 7-5, 10-6
3. Manijee Ashrafi (LU) def. Bianca Discordia (AMCC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Matalia Mayagoitia (LU) def. Adrienne Kovacs (AMCC) 6-4, 6-2
5. Manami Kuroda (LU) def. LeAnne Mascall (AMCC) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
6. Diana Mendez (LU) def. Nadia Filmalter (AMCC) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
1. Mariaryeni Gutierrez/Manijee Ashrafi (LU) def. Mirna Cicak/Megan Harless (AMCC) 8-3
2. Bianca Discordia/Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Kaltrina Harbuzi/Matalia Mayagoitia (LU) 8-5
3. LeAnne Mascall/Nadia Filmalter (AMCC) def. Diana Mendez/Manami Kuroda (LU) 9-7
Lamar 10-8, 5-3 Southland
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-10, 4-6 Southland