Texas A&M-Corpus Christi wins fifth Southland title in seven years
BEAUMONT, Texas -- Top-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi staved off No. 2-seed New Orleans to earn a 4-2 victory in the championship match of the Southland Conference Tournament at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center Sunday afternoon.
The Islanders claimed their fifth Southland tournament title in the last seven years. Coach Steve Moore’s squad will head to the NCAA tournament on an eight-match win streak and a 17-7 record. New Orleans, a Southland affiliate school which will join the Southland in July, concluded its inaugural season with an 11-11 record.
Southland Conference Player of the Year Peter Nagy and teammate Gergo Weidinger jump started the Islander attack with an 8-5 victory against the No. 1 doubles conference champion duo of Ricardo Campos and Hossam Meligy.
However, the Privateers bounced back and won the doubles point after Abdelrahman Zaki and Vinay Kamineni won a 9-7 thriller against Matt Westmoreland and Ricardo Mayagoitia in No. 2 doubles. New Orleans’ Rui Silva and David Malgren defeated Guillaume Rauseo and Andrew Maingot 8-6 in No. 3 doubles play to give the Privateers a 1-0 lead.
Islanders’ Nagy proved his worth by defeating Silva 6-2, 6-0, in No. 1 singles.
New Orleans’ Campos bested Weidinger 6-2, 6-2 in No. 2 singles to give the Privateers a 2-1 edge.
A&M-Corpus Christi buckled down and won the next three flights to clinch the title. Westmoreland bounced Kamineni, 6-4, 6-0 in No. 3 singles competition. Mayagoitia defeated Zaki in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 flight.
A&M-Corpus Christi’s Javier Pujol outlasted Meligy 6-4, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.
The Islanders earned the Southland Conference’s automatic bid and will return to the NCAA tournament after a year of absence.