ISLANDERS NETTERS FALL IN BARNBURNER TO RADFORD IN OPENER

COLLEGE STATION – In a battle of top 75 teams, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team fell in its first match of the spring to Radford 4-3 Friday afternoon at the George T. Mitchell Tennis Center at Texas A&M.

The Islanders (0-1) and Highlanders opened the day by splitting the first two doubles matches. A&M-Corpus Christi entered the match ranked 75th in the nation, while Radford is 68th.

James Langford and David Pace earned A&M-Corpus Christi its first point of the spring with an 8-6 win at No. 3 singles over RU's Stefan Bojic and Igor Orgrizek. The Highlanders evened the match at No. 1 doubles as Martin Salyer and Zack Watson defeated the Islander tandem of Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov 8-3.

The doubles point was decided at No. 2 in an extended-length match. Medhi Benhammou and Ivan Salec were able to outlast the Islander pair of Laurent Montoisy and Jose Zunino, 9-7.

A&M-Corpus Christi looked to rebound in singles. Montoisy, Zunino and Farras each won their respective matches in straight sets. Montoisy defeated Bojic at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2, while Zunino downed Ogrizek at No. 4 6-1, 6-4. Farras knocked off Benhammou at No. 5 by a 6-2, 6-4 count.

With losses to Radford at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to even the team score at 3-3, the match at No. 6 singles was crucial. The Islanders took the early lead as Langford won the first set over Watson 6-2, however he would win just four more games the rest of the match. Watson won 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

The Islanders head to the University of New Mexico to finish out the weekend. They face the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday at noon before battling the Lobos at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Radford 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3

1. SAYER, Martin (RADFORD) def. PAVLOV, Mikhail (TAMCC) 6-4, 6-3

2. SALEC, Ivan (RADFORD) def. NOVIKOV, Dmitry (TAMCC) 6-1, 6-0

3. MONTOISY, Laurent (TAMCC) def. BOJIC, Stefan (RADFORD) 6-2, 6-2

4. ZUNINO, Jose (TAMCC) def. OGRIZEK, Igor (RADFORD) 6-1, 6-4

5. FARRAS, Jaume (TAMCC) def. BENHAMMOU, Mehdi (RADFORD) 6-2, 6-4

6. WATSON, Zack (RADFORD) def. LANGFORD, James (TAMCC) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. SAYER, Martin/WATSON, Zack (RADFORD) def. PAVLOV, Mikhail/NOVIKOV, Dmitry (TAMCC) 8-3

2. BENHAMMOU, Mehdi/SALEC, Ivan (RADFORD) def. MONTOISY, Laurent/ZUNINO, Jose (TAMCC) 9-7

3. LANGFORD, James/PACE, David (TAMCC) def. BOJIC, Stefan/OGRIZEK, Igor (RADFORD) 8-6