Austin In a match much closer than the score, the #50 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team lost a non-conference match on the road to the #13 Texas Longhorns by a 7-0 final on Thursday night at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The Islanders move to 9-8 on the year while the Longhorns improve to 16-4 on the year. The Islanders battled all day, falling in three matches that were decided in a tiebreaker final at No. 2 doubles and No. 4 and No. 6 singles.
"I felt we competed very well throughout the match," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "We did well against a team that made the NCAA finals last year."
The Islanders started out the day well, winning the first doubles match at No. 3 doubles, with James Langford and David Pace downing Jonah Kane-West and Oliver Sajous by an 8-5 final. The No. 2 doubles point was a tough loss for the Islanders, as Jose Zunino and Laurent Montoisy fell to Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala, the #38 doubles team in the country, in a tiebreaker by a 9-8 (7-2) final. The final doubles match saw the Islanders lose another heartbreaker, as Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov fell to the #30 team in the country, Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico, by a close 9-7 final to give the Longhorns the doubles point for a 1-0 lead.
"We were extremely close to getting the doubles point," said Moore. "We had great chances at the doubles point and the No. 2, 4 and 6 singles matches.
In singles action, Zunino took Sajous to three sets before falling in a super tiebreaker by a final of 6-3, 4-6, 10-8. In No. 2 singles, Montoisy lost to Corrie by a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 final. The clinching point was at No. 5 singles where Jaume Farras and Zavala battled before Zavala took a 6-3, 6-3 victory. No. 1 singles saw Pavlov fall to Kutrovsky by a 6-1, 6-3 score while No. 3 singles saw Novikov downed by a 6-1, 6-3 tally against Damico. The final match of the night to finish was between Langford and Jon Wiegand, going three sets before ending in a tiebreak with Wiegand topping Langford by a 6-2, 5-7, 7-1 final.
The Islanders competed well but were not able to break through against the Longhorns. The two teams met for the first time since playing in the first round of the NCAA Championships tournament last season.
"I was proud of the way we competed against a great team," said Moore. "We had great opportunities but were unable to capitalize on any of them."
The Islanders return to Southland Conference action next Thursday, April 16 at home against Lamar. Match time is set for a 5:00 PM start.
#13 Texas Longhorns 7, #50 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
1. Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Mikhail Pavlov (AMCC) 6-1, 6-3
2. Ed Corrie (UT) def. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Kellen Damico (UT) def. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Oliver Sajous (UT) def. Jose Zunino (AMCC) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Josh Zavala (UT) def. Jaume Farras (AMCC) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jon Wiegand (UT) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4)
1. #30 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (UT) def. Mikhail Pavlov/Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) 9-7
2. #38 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (UT) def. Laurent Montoisy/Jose Zunino (AMCC) 9-8 (7-2)
3. James Langford/David Pace (AMCC) def. Jonah Kane-West/Oliver Sajous (UT) 8-5
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-8; National ranking #50
Texas Longhorns 16-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,5,2,4,6)