TAMUCC DOMINATES ON DAY TWO OF ISLANDER OPEN
It will be an all-Islander final on the women's side while a member of the men's team is also in the finals as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tennis teams continued to dominate on day two of the Islander Open.
On the women's side, Mirna Cicak and Doris Kuselj won their respective semi-final matches on Saturday morning. Kuselj did so by beating the top-seed in the tournament, Lamar's Kaltrina Harbuzi, by a 7-5, 7-5 final. Cicak advanced by defeating fellow Islander, Bianca Discordia, by a 7-5, 6-2 score.
In the women's B flight, LeAnne Mascall played in the finals, winning 7-6, 6-4 over Salvatova from Texas-Pan American. The win gave Mascall, playing in just her third-career match as an Islander, the championship of the B flight.
"To have a girl win a flight and have two more Islander girls in the finals says a lot about the direction that the women's program is heading," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Both the men's and women's teams have competed very hard this weekend.
"I think the one player that stood out the brightest today was probably Doris Kuselj, she played at an extremely high level today in singles."
On the men's side, Dmitry Novikov advanced to the finals where he will take on Aswin Vijayaragavan of UTPA. Novikov reached the finals by taking out fellow Islander Alex Pavlov in the semi-final match. Novikov downed Pavlov by a 6-1, 6-4 score to advance. In the other semi-final, Vijayaragavan beat Islander James Langford by a 6-0, 6-1 final.
In doubles action, the men's team of Novikov and Langford won the title as they defeated Vijayaragavan and Brett Bernstein of UTPA by a ?-? score. Novikov and Langford reached the finals by downing Dornauf and Riani from UTPA earlier in the day by an 8-5 final.
"Dmitry and James look like they are going to be a very strong team this year," said Moore. "This is a good start for them but they have to bring it like this in every tournament."
On the women's side, Cicak and Megan Harless breezed through their two matches, winning 8-0 over Goodney and Binagia from Lamar to advance to the semi-finals. In the semis, they closed out Carver and Friend from Abilene Christian by an 8-4 score to advance to the finals against Anderson and Salvatova of UTPA.
The singles matches begin at 10 AM on Sunday morning at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The women's doubles championship is scheduled to start at 12 PM at the same site.