CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team battled through the wet, windy and cold weather today to sweep Texas-Pan American 6-0 at the HEB Tennis Center. After the match was delayed and moved from the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center to the HEB Tennis Center, the Islanders clinched all six singles matches including three matches that went into three-setters.
"I thought our girls responded very well to a very challenging day," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "There's a very clear fork in the road when it's cold and windy. Either move your feet like crazy and fight like a pit bull or lose. There's really not much more to say than that. I think a few of us kind of stood at the fork in the road deciding which one to take for 30 minutes, but eventually they all chose the right road.
"Texas-Pan American has upgraded their team tremendously since last year and were a tough team with several matches going three sets."
Freshman Judit Vives led things off with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Reegan Greenwood in the No. 6 spot to stay undefeated in singles play. The Barcelona, Spain native improved to 3-0 in singles play. Maider Martin followed suit with a straight-set victory in No. 2 singles over Mariana Ranzahuer. The sophomore sealed a 6-4 first set before cruising to a 6-0 second-set win. The Islanders kept things rolling clinching their third set of the day on court five. Freshman Kerry Galhos recorded her third singles win of the season to stay unbeaten in the No. 5 spot. She picked up a tight 7-5 first set win over Christel Amsallem before notching a 7-6 (2) tiebreaker in the second set.
A&M - Corpus Christi clinched the match in the No. 4 spot after Celia Rodriguez squeezed out a three-set win. The sophomore garnered her fourth consecutive win of the season in singles play to stay undefeated. After dropping the first set 6-2 to Wanda Beguelin, Rodriguez answered back with a 6-1 second-set victory and carried over her momentum into the third set to win 6-2.
Seniors Stefania Nicolae and Sandra Burges posted the final two points for the Islanders after battling back to win in three sets. Nicolae dropped a 6-4 first set in the No. 1 spot to Didi Fatchikova, but bounced back to win a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker to force a third set. In the third, the Pitesti, Romania native swept the set 6-0 to win. On court three, Burges like Nicolae battled back from a first-set loss to win a second-set tiebreaker and force a third set. In the first, Burges fell 6-3 to Katia Stavroulaki, but recovered to win a 7-6 (4) second-set tiebreaker. In the final set, Burges blanked Stavroulaki to win 6-0 for the Islanders' final point of the day.
"I cannot begin to thank Tjon-A-Joe and HEB Tennis Center enough for allowing us to rent their facility and the work their maintenance crew put in to dry the courts for us," Moore added. "We would have not been able to get this match in without them.
"This is a just another example of the great tennis community we have in Corpus Christi and the way they support Islanders Tennis. We're working hard and getting a little better every week. We better be because this team has very high goals."
The women's team will now embark on a five-match road swing starting on Feb. 12 in Dallas against SMU. The Islanders will then turn around and face UT Arlington on Feb. 13 in Arlington.
The men's team will take on conference foe Oral Roberts next on Sunday, Feb. 16 in Dallas, Texas.
For all the latest on Islanders Tennis, like the team on Facebook (IslandersTennis) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTennis).
Tennis Match Results
Texas-Pan American vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
2/10/2014 at Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 6, Texas-Pan American 0
1. Stefania Nicolae (AMCC) def. Didi Fatchikova (UTPA) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
2. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Mariana Ranzahuer (UTPA) 6-4, 6-0
3. Sandra Burges (AMCC) def. Katia Stavroulaki (UTPA) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Wanda Beguelin (UTPA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Christel Amsallem (UTPA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Reegan Greenwood (UTPA) 6-1, 6-3
Texas-Pan American 1-2
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3-1
Order of finish: Singles (6,2,5,4,1,3)