SAN ANTONIO — UTSA fell just short of capturing this year's Southland Conference Regular Season Championship, as No. 74 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned a 4-3 decision on Thursday at the UTSA Tennis Center. It marked the fourth consecutive year the Islanders (13-9, 5-0 SLC) either shared or won the regular season title.
Matt Westmoreland clinched the trophy for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which has won 21 of its last 22 regular season league matches, after posting a three-set victory against senior Max Stratmann at fifth singles.
UTSA (9-8, 3-1 SLC) took the early lead by winning two of the three doubles contests.
The Roadrunners then led 2-1 after the first two singles matches, but the Islanders won three of the next four tilts to complete the comeback.
Senior Daniel Moreiras and junior Martin Ayala clinched the first point for UTSA with a 9-8 (7-2) victory at the No. 1 doubles position. Stratmann and junior Pedro Zanotelli opened the match with an 8-5 triumph against Alex Pavlov and Robert Raguz at the third spot.
After Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the No. 4 singles matchup, junior Daniel Moser put the Birds back in the lead with a straight-sets win (6-2, 6-1) over Gergo Weidinger at the No. 6 position.
However, the Islanders rebounded to take Nos. 1, 2 and 5 singles tilts.
Sophomore Tyler Brown finished the match with a three-set victory (5-7, 7-5, 6-3) over Raguz at the No. 3 slot.
UTSA resumes play on Sunday at fifth-ranked Texas A&M (18-4).