Islanders Tennis Breezes Past UMBC in Home Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's and women's tennis teams both picked up sweeping victories over Maryland Baltimore County today in the home opener. The men's team cruised to a 5-0 victory while the women's team clinched all six singles matches to win 6-0 in front of a strong crowd at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.

"We have been waiting a long time for our first home match and I think the team showed tremendous spirit in the way they competed," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "To see that many people out Sunday on a match that we had to move so early really validates the hard work these players have put in.  I love the Corpus Christi Tennis Community and I know this team loves competing in front of them.

"Our captains did a great job of leading. I thought Stefania Nicolae and Sandra Burges really came out and set the tone for the team. I'm also incredibly impressed with our freshmen, Judit Vives and Kerry Galhos. They showed a lot of courage and toughness in their first match and really played with a lot of heart. I thought Peter Nagy and Matt Westmoreland also did a great job of making a statement at the beginning of the match with their footwork and energy."

The women's team (1-0) tallied their first win of the season, breezing past the Retrievers (1-1) 6-0. A&M - Corpus Christi jumped out early with a 2-0 lead after Nicolae downed Olga Baikulova 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 spot. Galhos followed suit with a straight-set victory in her first match as an Islander. The freshman edged Madlena Kurasz 6-4 in the first set before capturing a 6-2 win in the second on court five. The Islanders kept things rolling with Burges sealing 6-1, 6-4 victory in the No. 3 slot over Isabel Aldunate, and Vives clinching the match in the No. 6 position. The freshman overcame nerves and excitement in the first set to squeeze out a 7-5 win before defeating Josefin Stange-Jonsson 6-1 in the final set.

Celia Rodriguez padded the Islanders lead to 5-0 with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Mariami Dolashvili in the No. 4 spot. Maider Martin posted the Islanders sixth point of the day in the No. 2 spot. The sophomore topped Kim Berghaus in the first set 6-3, before falling 6-1 in the second set. In the final set, Martin held off Berghaus with a 10-5 victory.

After opening its first eight matches on the road, the men's team (6-3) returned to the Thomas J. Henry Center for its home opener against UMBC (1-1). After falling in the last meeting to the Retrievers, the Islanders came out with spirit and energy to power their way to their fifth-straight win including their sixth victory of the season. Much like the women, the men's team built an early lead 2-0 after Westmoreland and Guillaume Rauseo tallied straight-set victories. Westmoreland breezed past Daniel Gray 6-0 in the first set, before cruising to a 6-2 win in the second set in the No. 5 position.

Rauseo battled Alex Drean in the No. 3 slot and edged out a 7-5 win in the first set. In the second, the sophomore answered with a 6-3 win to post the second Islanders point of the day. Ricardo Mayagoitia won his third singles match of the year with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Melker Svard in No. 2 singles before Javier Pujol clinched the match for the Islanders in the No. 4 spot. Pujol propelled his way to a 6-3 victory in the first set before notching the Islanders fourth point of the match 6-3 in the second set. Freshman Philipp Kuehnen and Kamal Patel were in the middle of the second set in the No. 6 slot when the match was clinched. Kuehnen garnered the first set 6-2 and was leading the second set 2-1 when Pujol won.   

In No. 1 singles, Peter Nagy and Justin Carter were deadlocked at 5-5 in the second set when the match was clinched so they played it out. Nagy downed Carter 6-1 in the first set before forcing a second-set tiebreaker. The two stayed even in the tiebreaker until Nagy responded with back-to-back points at 8-8 to win 10-8. With the singles win, the junior improves to 6-1 in the No. 1 spot and has won five straight.  

"We have a lot we have to improve on, but I thought we did a good job today with the things we could control," Moore added. "I like the character and toughness that our team is choosing to be about right now."

The women's team will now embark on a four-match road swing. First up is a pair of matches in Houston against Southern Mississippi (Feb. 1) and Houston (Feb. 2). The men's team will return to action along with the women on Feb. 4 at Prairie View A&M.

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Men's Tennis Match Results

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

1/26/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 5, Maryland Baltimore County 0

Singles competition:

1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Justin Carter (UMBC) 6-1, 7-6 (10-8)

2. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) def. Melker Svard (UMBC) 6-1, 7-5

3. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Alex Drean (UMBC) 7-5, 6-3

4. Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Eliott Loubatie (UMBC) 6-3, 6-3

5. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) def. Daniel Gray (UMBC) 6-0, 6-2

6. Philip Kuehnen (AMCC) vs. Kamal Patel (UMBC) 6-2, 2-1, unfinished


Match Notes:

Maryland Baltimore County 1-1

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6-3

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


Women's Tennis Match Results

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

1/26/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, Maryland Baltimore County 0

Singles competition:

1. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Olga Baikulova (UMBC) 6-0, 6-1

2. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Kim Berghaus (UMBC) 6-3, 1-6, 10-5

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

4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Mariami Dolashvili (UMBC) 6-1, 7-5

5. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Madlena Kurasz (UMBC) 6-4, 6-2

6. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Josefin Stange-Jonsson (UMBC) 7-5, 6-1


Match Notes:

Maryland Baltimore County 1-1

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 1-0

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