FRESHMAN PACE WINS TEXAS TOURNAMENT
Austin -- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi freshman David Pace gave the Islanders a big result this past weekend, winning the B draw at the Texas Invitational on the University of Texas campus.
The tournament win is the second of the year for Pace, as he teamed up with James Langford to win the UTSA Invitational earlier in the season.
Pace first took on Marcus Dornauf of UT Pan American by a 6-7; 6-1; 6-4 score. In the quarterfinals, Pace took on Mike Myrhed of Oregon, beating him by a score of 6-2; 7-5.
In the semifinal round, Pace took on Jason Lateko of Southland Conference rival UT Arlington, topping him by a score of 6-2; 4-6; 7-6; 7-6(3).
In the finals, Pace cruised to victory over Mindaugas Celedinas, also of UT Arlington, by a score of 6-2; 6-3 to win one of the most prestigious tournaments in the nation.
"David's attitude and work ethic are the reasons he has improved so much this year." said Islander Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "To win this tournament is a huge accomplishment and an even bigger accomplishment for a freshman."
In other action at the tournament, Jose Zunino and Jaume Farras both won their first matches of the tournament in the A draw.
Zunino moved to the round of 16 when Luis Rovira retired from the match due to illness. Zunino was leading at the time 7-6; 1-0. Zunino then took on David Simson of Denver University, losing 6-4; 6-2.
Farras took on and beat Adam Srkala of UT Arlington by a score 3-6; 6-4; 6-4. In the round of 16, Farras was unable to play and had to withdraw due to injury.
In doubles action, the teams of Alex Pavlov and Jose Zunino competed as well as the team of Langford and Pace.
Langford and Pace took on Brett Powers and Mick Walter of St. Edward's in the first round, winning by a 8-6 score. In the round of 16, Langford and Pace took on another team from St. Edward's, Boris Barrios and Nick Arnold. The Islander pair once again came out on top, posting a 8-3 victory.
In the quarterfinals, Langford and Pace took on Ed Corrie and Miguel Varela of the University of Texas, losing by an 8-1 score.
Pavlov and Zunino took on Gonzalo Bienzobas and David Subirats of UT Arlington in the first round, winning 8-6. In the second round, Pavlov and Zunino fell to the Corrie/Varela team from Texas by an 8-4 score.