CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Women's Tennis team stretched its season-opening unbeaten streak on Friday afternoon, earning a 6-1 win over former Southland Conference foe UTSA at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
The Islanders (8-0) earned the decision with an early win in doubles action, and then nearly swept the singles matches, losing a tough match at No. 1 singles for the lone blemish on the slate. UTSA (4-3) traveled to Corpus Christi for its first non-conference match against the Islanders since leaving the league.
In doubles action, Maider Martin and Mia Matuszak got out to a fast start by earning an 8-4 final at the No. 3 position. Sandra Burges and Chelsea Horan clinched the point for the home team with an 8-6 tally at No. 2 doubles to make it a 1-0 match. Doris Kuselj and Stefania Nicolae led 7-6 at No. 1 when play was stopped due to the point being clinched.
Celia Rodriguez Delgado earned a 6-2, 6-0 final at No. 5 singles to make it 2-0 against the Roadrunners. Nicolae pushed the Islanders to the edge of clinching with a 6-2, 6-1 final at the No. 4 position. Maider Martin would bounce back from her first loss of the season earlier in the week with a 6-4, 6-0 match at No. 3 singles to clinch the match for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Burges once again earned the win with a 6-4, 6-2 score, this time at No. 2 singles for her fourth win of the year in the second spot of the lineup. Leanne Mascall finished the scoring for the Islanders, earning a gritty 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win at No. 6 singles. The only loss of the day came at No. 1 singles, with Kuselj dropping a heartbreaker by a 3-6, 6-2, 12-10 final to make it 6-1.
Next up for the Islanders will be a big Southland Conference match at Northwestern State on March 9 in Natchitoches, La. as the team will look for its second league win of the year against one of the top teams in the conference.
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Tennis Match Results
UTSA vs Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
2/22/2013 at Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, UTSA 1
1. Jacobea Junger (UTSA) def. Doris Kuselj (AMCC) 3-6, 6-2, 12-10
2. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Isabelle Jonsson (UTSA) 6-4, 6-2
3. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 6-4, 6-0
4. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Kavya Menon (UTSA) 6-2, 6-1
5. Celia Rodriguez Delgado (AMCC) def. Miranda Poile (UTSA) 6-2, 6-0
6. Leanne Mascall (AMCC) def. Irene Gonzalez (UTSA) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
1. Doris Kuselj/Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) vs. Isabelle Jonsson/Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 7-6, unfinished
2. Sandra Burges/Chelsea Horan (AMCC) def. Daniela Garcia-Diaz/Jacobea Junger (UTSA) 8-6
3. Maider Martin/Mia Matuszak (AMCC) def. Natalie Hand/Kavya Menon (UTSA) 8-4
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 8-0