The #42-ranked Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team put on a dominating performance at the Corpus Christi Country Club this afternoon, beating the UT Arlington Mavericks in a Southland Conference home match by a 6-1 score.
The Islanders improve to 8-7 overall on the year and move to 2-0 in SLC matches this season. The Islanders now move their streak to 11 consecutive SLC matches won and have not lost a conference match in nearly three seasons. The Mavericks fall to 8-9 this season, with a 2-2 record in SLC play.
"I was extremely proud of the guys today," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They were extra tough in the way the competed out there today."
The Islanders started the day off on the right foot, winning all three doubles matches to clinch the first point of the day. The duo of Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov downed Dmitry Minkin and Mindaugas Celedinas No. 1 doubles by an 8-1 final to give the Islanders the early advantage. James Langford and David Pace put the first point on the board for the Islanders with their victory in No. 3 doubles. Langford and Pace defeated Adam Srkala and David Subirats of UTA with an 8-5 final to move TAMUCC to 2-0 in the doubles matches, clinching the point for the Islanders. Laurent Montoisy and Jose Zunino made it a perfect 3-for-3 with the win over Brieuc Hamon and Gonzalo Bienzobas in No. 2 doubles at 8-5.
In the singles round of the match, the Islanders continued the onslaught, winning all but the final match of the day. Novikov started the streak with his win in No. 3 singles, downing Subirats of the Mavericks by a quick 6-2, 6-0 final. The second competitor to finish was Jaume Farras, as he won his match in No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-1 over Jason Lateko to put the Islanders on the verge with a 3-0 match lead. Pavlov finished the Mavericks off with his 6-1, 6-3 victory over Celedinas at No. 1 singles to give the Islanders the match win. Montoisy followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Minkin to give the Islanders their final point of the day at 6-0. Langford was the only Islander to lose a match, as he dropped a heart-breaker at No. 6 singles in three sets by the final of 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 to Bienzobas.
"They were good out there today but there are definitely some specifics that we need to have a sense of urgency to improve," said Moore. "This needs to be a very focused practice week for these guys."
The Islanders now move on to face UTSA in another SLC matchup in San Antonio this Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 PM. The two teams will be meeting for the first time since the Islanders defeated the Roadrunners by a 4-0 margin in the SLC Tennis Championships last season to send the Islanders to the NCAA tournament.
#42 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, UT Arlington 1
1. Mikhail Pavlov (AMCC) def. Mindaugas Celedinas (UTA) 6-1, 6-3
2. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) def. Dmitry Minkin (UTA) 6-1, 6-3
3. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) def. David Subirats (UTA) 6-2, 6-0
4. Jose Zunino (AMCC) def. Adam Srkala (UTA) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jaume Farras (AMCC) def. Jason Lateko (UTA) 6-0, 6-1
6. Gonzalo Bienzobas (UTA) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-4, 5-7, 11-9
1. Mikhail Pavlov/Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) def. Dmitry Minkin/Mindaugas Celedinas (UTA) 8-1
2. Laurent Montoisy/Jose Zunino (AMCC) def. Brieuc Hamon/Gonzalo Bienzobas (UTA) 8-5
3. James Langford/David Pace (AMCC) def. Adam Srkala/David Subirats (UTA) 8-5
UT Arlington 8-9, 2-2 SLC
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-7, 2-0 SLC; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,5,1,2,4,6)T-3:36