Islanders Tennis Splits Dual Matches with UMBC

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's and women's tennis teams split a pair of non-conference matches on Thursday afternoon, with the women taking home a 5-2 victory, while the men lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to complete the day.

The women's team improves to 9-2 overall, while the men are now 7-9 on the season. UMBC moves to 9-6 in women's tennis, 6-7 on the men's side.

In women's doubles, the teams swept through, as Mirna Cicak and Doris Kuselj led the way with an 8-2 final at the No. 1 position. Sandra Burges and Chelsea Horan finished next; taking an 8-6 win at No. 2, while Mia Matuszak and Stefania Nicolae completed the sweep with an 8-3 score at No. 3 doubles.

"I was incredibly proud of our girls," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They beat a very, very good team today. They showed a lot of toughness and resiliency while overcoming a lot of adversity. That is the sign of a mentally tough team."

In singles, UMBC evened the score at 1-1 when Matuszak dropped a 6-0, 6-2 final at No. 6, but Burges quickly gave made it 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 final in No. 4 singles.

After the Retrievers once again tied it with a win over Kuselj by a 6-3, 6-0 score at No. 2, Horan took a 6-3, 6-3 match at No. 5, and Cicak won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 to clinch the match for the Islanders and make it 4-2.

Nicolae rallied from a set down, taking a 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 10-6 final at No. 3 to complete the 5-2 victory.

"We played our best doubles of the year, and really showed a lot of grit in the singles," said Moore. "I thought Mirna, Chelsea and Stefania really gutted out tough wins, and just showed a ton of resolve and fight.

"There were opportunities where they could have chose to get mentally down, instead they chose the road of mental toughness and staying in the present."

On the men's side, Aurelien Tave and Fernando Llorens finished their doubles match first, taking an 8-2 final at the No. 1 position. Gergo Weidinger and Alex Pavlov were next in line, finishing off an 8-3 match at No. 2 doubles, while Andrew Maingot and Nathan Robinson rounded out doubles with an 8-3 tally at the No. 3 position.

In singles, Tave quickly gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-0 final at No. 1. UMBC got on the board when Pavlov fell in a 6-1, 6-4 match at No. 6 singles, but Matt Westmoreland extended the lead to 3-1 when he finished off a 6-4, 6-0 final at the No. 4 position.

The Islanders played without No. 1 player Peter Nagy, as well as Pietro Jordao, but Matt Westmoreland returned to action after being out since February 12th against Texas.

In his first match back, the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year won a 6-4, 6-0 final

"I was incredibly proud of Matt, his unbelievable discipline and dedication to rehab a very tough injury won a lot of respect from everybody."

"I also give a lot of credit to our training staff for getting him back on the court."

UMBC went on to win the final three matches, taking a 7-5, 6-4 loss for Llorens at No. 5, Weidinger falling 6-4, 0-6, 3-6 at No. 2 singles, and a 6-1, 4-6, 4-6 loss by Robinson at the No. 3 position.

"Give credit to UMBC men's team, they flat-out out-fought us today," said Moore. "That's very hard for me to swallow at our home courts on a hot, windy day that is normally our kind of day.

"Sometimes you just have to credit the other team, because they were mentally tougher than us today and they rose up and took it. Rob Hubbard is a great coach, and his teams always fight extremely hard. I thought at certain positions we played incredibly mentally tough, but not collectively as a group"

Next up for both teams will be matches on the road. The women play against on March 26 against Southeastern Louisiana at a neutral site in Houston. The men are back in action on March 28 when they travel to face UT Arlington on the road.

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Women's Tennis Match Results

Maryland - Baltimore County vs Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

03/22/2012 at Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 5, Maryland - Baltimore County 2

Singles competition:

1. Mirna Cicak (AMCC) def. Kim Berghaus (UMBC) 6-1, 6-4

2. Shalini Sahoo (UMBC) def. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 6-3, 6-0

3. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Carmen Jackman (UMBC) 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 10-6

4. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Isabel Aldunate (UMBC) 6-1, 6-1

5. Chelsea Horan (AMCC) def. Heidl Danielsson (UMBC) 6-3, 6-3

6. Josefin Jonsson (UMBC) def. Mia Matuszak (AMCC) 6-0, 6-2

 

Doubles competition:

1. Mirna Cicak/Doris Kuselj (AMCC) def. Kim Berghaus/Carmen Jackman (UMBC) 8-2

2. Sandra Burges/Chelsea Horan (AMCC) def. Shalini Sahoo/Josefin Jonsson (UMBC) 8-6

3. Stefania Nicolae/Mia Matuszak (AMCC) def. Kyri Hadji/Isabel Aldunate (UMBC) 8-3

 

Match Notes:

Maryland - Baltimore County 9-6

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 9-2

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,2,5,1,3)

T-3:35 

 
 

Men's Tennis Match Results

Maryland - Baltimore County vs Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

03/22/2012 at Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Maryland - Baltimore County 4, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3

Singles competition:

1. Aurelien Tave (AMCC) def. Cristian Hodel (UMBC) 6-1, 6-0

2. Joe Adewumi (UMBC) def. Gergo Weidinger (AMCC) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

3. Juan Aranzazu (UMBC) def. Nathan Robinson (AMCC) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

4. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Gaulthier Berret (UMBC) 6-4, 6-0

5. Daniel Gray (UMBC) def. Fernando Llorens (AMCC) 7-5, 6-4

6. Kamal Patel (UMBC) def. Alex Pavlov (AMCC) 6-1, 6-4

 

Doubles competition:

1. Aurelien Tave/Fernando Llorens (AMCC) def. Cristian Hodel/Patrick Amorim (UMBC) 8-2

2. Gergo Weidinger/Alex Pavlov (AMCC) def. Juan Aranzazu/Daniel Gray (UMBC) 8-3

3. Andrew Maingot/Nathan Robinson (AMCC) def. Gaulthier Berret/Kamal Patel (UMBC) 8-3

 

Match Notes:

Maryland - Baltimore County 6-7

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 7-9

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)

T-3:48