Posted: Mar 4, 2013 6:13 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 6:14 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Men's Tennis team continued its hot streak on Monday morning, taking a 4-0 final over South Alabama at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. It was the Islanders fourth win in the past four days on their home court after taking the 47th Annual HEB Tournament of Champions this past weekend.
The Islanders (5-5) picked up another tough win against a good team in South Alabama (6-7) that participated in the tournament and stayed until Monday to get an extra match in. The match took place in very windy conditions, with the start slightly delayed while deciding whether or not to play it.
"I felt we came out and really made the choice today to be tough mentally and control the things we can control," said Moore. "There were lots of potential excuses on the table like tired legs or it being extremely windy, and the guys chose to take the high road.
"It's so important that they choose to do that each time. As soon as you whine or make excuses even once, no matter how difficult the situation, it's only human nature to reach for the parachute and bail out every time. That's why we can never use excuses no matter what, not even once."
In the doubles portion of the match the Islanders fought hard to earn the point, getting a tough 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles by Peter Nagy and Odon Barta as they broke South Alabama's serve in the final game to clinch the point. Gergo Weidinger and Guillaume Rauseo picked up a quick 8-3 final at No. 2 doubles to start the scoring, but South Alabama earned an 8-6 score over Matt Westmoreland and Andrew Maingot at No. 3 to even it up before Nagy and Barta took the point.
In singles, the Islanders earned three big wins to make it a 4-0 final, getting the points at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles to finish play.
Weidinger started things off with a big 6-2, 6-3 final at No. 3 to make it a 2-0 score. Rauseo followed with an identical score, winning 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot to put his team on the verge. Ricardo Mayagoitia finished things off with a 6-0, 6-2 final at No. 5 singles to clinch it for the Islanders.
It was the fourth win in as many days for the team, with wins over No. 30 BYU and Louisiana - Lafayette coming on Friday in the first and second rounds of the 47th Annual HEB Tournament of Champions, and then a 4-3 win over No. 34 Middle Tennessee in the finals to claim the title on Saturday. After a day of rest on Sunday, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was right back out there at 10 a.m. Monday morning.
"What a difference it has made this season when we committed to no excuses and to outfight everyone no matter what," said Moore. "I'm very proud of these guys, their character and commitment to be a true team has really turned this season around. We have a long road and a lot of hard work to do, but I am very excited about the next two months because of the character and heart of these guys."
They will have a little more rest this week before traveling to Beaumont on Friday for a non-conference match against Florida A&M. The two teams are set for a 1 p.m. match to be played on the courts at the Thompson Family Tennis Center on the campus of Lamar.
"This was the most difficult weekend ever," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I want to take a moment to thank all the great staff at our University that worked overtime to make this a great event, as well as the tennis family that is the Corpus Christi tennis community. I love them, and they are the best in the nation."
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