Kerry Galhos and Judit Vives were honored for their four years of dedication and hard work by the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tennis team during Sunday's Southland Conference match against Stephen F. Austin. While Vives was not able to compete due to injury, Galhos and the remainder of the Islanders lineup ensured a Senior Day sweep of the Ladyjacks, winning 7-0, in front of a raucous crowd at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
The Islanders (15-2, 8-1) maintained its firm grip of first place in the standings with the victory over Stephen F. Austin (8-10, 4-5).
"I'm incredibly proud of the character this team showed without Judit in the lineup," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "The women made the right choices in every situation to give us the win. We also had a great crowd to celebrate the careers of Judit and Kerry. I can't be prouder of how they've grown and competed for our family over the last four years."
The Islanders rolled early with a pair of wins in doubles. Jelena Dzinic and Maria Maldonado cruised to 6-2 win over Sian Payne and Darinka Tiboldi at number two. Hortense Boscher and Louise Trigona sealed the point with a 7-5 win in the first spot over Denise Maxl and Gabi Guilarte.
When the Blue and Green clinched the point, Galhos and her partner Marina Vicens Miquel were tied 3-3 at the third spot.
Corpus Christi continued to dominate through singles play. Galhos added to the senior day festivities by dispatching Kaja Ljubic 6-2, 6-2 at number six. Vicens Miquel shutout Liza Aginskaya in the second set to put the Blue and Green up by three, winning 6-3, 6-0. Jelena Dzinic clinched the match for the Islanders at number two with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Guilarte.
Keeping the shutout, Boscher knocked off Maxl in the first spot 6-1, 6-2. Trigona rallied back after dropping the only set for the Blue and Green. The French international finished 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 over Tiboldi at three. Maldonado brought proceedings to a close at four with a gritty 7-5, 6-1 over Payne.
FOR THE SENIORS
Galhos has been a force ever since her arrival on the Island. One of the most energetic players on the court, Galhos has racked up 47 career victories in singles play, which ranks sixth all-time in victories on the Island. Last season, The East Timor international went 15-4 to help the Islanders to their second Southland Conference title in three seasons. In her freshman campaign, Kerry notched a career-best 17 wins in the Islanders' first title run.
Vives has been a stalwart in the heart of the Islanders order for all four of her years on the Island. She holds the school record with 23 singles wins in the number three spot and is fifth all-time in Islander history with 54 career wins. As a freshman, the Spanish international rolled of 19 wins and put forth an 11-1 mark in Southland play to help the Islanders to the 2014 title. That year she became the first Islander freshman to ever earn First Team All-Southland honors. In last year's title run and undefeated regular season, Vives picked up 17 wins and earned an All-Southland Honorable Mention.
THE RUN IN
The Islanders will have 10 days off before a key road trip to Abilene Christian and Central Arkansas on April 19 and 20, respectively.
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