SAN ANTONIO — UTSA lost a tie-breaker to drop the doubles point and did not recover in Sunday's Southland Conference Championship Match, as No. 75 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the tournament title, 4-1, on Sunday at the UTSA Tennis Center.
The Roadrunners (11-10) and Islanders (15-9) split the first two doubles matches (Nos. 2 and 3), but it was the top flight that provided the point.
Senior Daniel Moreiras and sophomore Martin Ayala went back-and-forth with Laurent Montoisy and Gergo Weidinger with neither pair leading by more than a game. Montoisy and Weidinger had a 3-2 advantage in the tie-breaker before reeling off four consecutive points to give the Islanders the opening tally.
In singles play, Ayala helped the Roadrunners tie the match after winning in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) at the top flight against Montoisy, this season's Southland's Player of the Year.
However, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi settled in and won the next three singles contests to secure the victory.
Aurelien Tave finished with a straight-sets victory (6-4, 7-6 [7-5]) against freshman Yannick Junger at the No. 3 position. Moreiras forced Robert Raguz to a third set at the No. 4 slot, but Raguz rallied for a 6-2 win in the final frame.
Gergo Weidinger picked up the clinching point after outlasting junior Daniel Moser at the No. 6 spot. After Weidinger won the opening frame, Moser battled back for a 6-1 decision to even the pairing. However, Weidinger won four of the five final games in the third panel to lead the Islanders to the title.
"I thought our guys played very well despite the result," head coach Jeff Kader said. "They all fought incredibly well and the match was up-and-down. It came down to a few points here and there they played those big points better throughout the match. My hat is off to them."