Albuquerque, N.M. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis season got off to a tough start in New Mexico this weekend as the Islanders were on the wrong side of their first two matches. They lost a 7-0 decision to New Mexico, last year's Mountain West Conference Champions, on Saturday and fell by a 5-1 final to New Mexico State on Sunday morning.

In the Saturday match, the Islanders lost by a 7-0 final against the No. 49 New Mexico Lobos. The No. 1 doubles team of Dmitry Novikov and James Langford won the only match of the day for TAMUCC, an 8-5 decision over Jadon Philips and Ben Dunbar of New Mexico.

In Sunday's match, the Islanders lost by a 5-1 final as Nathan Robinson won at the No. 6 position against Luis Fernando Ramirez by a 7-5, 6-0 tally. Novikov and Langford once again won their doubles match against New Mexico State, taking an 8-3 final over Gustave Diep and Eduardo Salas.

"Our No. 1 doubles team of Langford and Novikov has played exceptional," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "This team has had a standard of very high expectations and hard work.

"We're very young but we are improving a lot after playing two very tough teams."

The Islanders improved upon their performance the previous day and hope to continue their progress throughout the year.

"They are competing hard out there," said Moore. "And they better compete hard because this Division I league is too competitive to say we're young, we have to learn quickly and as coaches we have to have that sense of urgency to teach."

With the Islanders top player, Laurent Montoisy, redshirting and newcomer Gergo Weindinger sitting out the year, the team will have to look to their young talent as the season moves along. TAMUCC is also playing with just under three scholarships instead of the normal four and a half.

"Nobody is going to be nice to us because we're young so we better toughen up pretty quickly," said Moore. "We're on a good road, we just have to have a sense of urgency to keep improving and to learn."

The next match for the Islanders will be against Prairie View A&M this upcoming Thursday, Jan. 28 in Houston. Two days later, they will begin play at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Waco on the campus of Baylor.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs New Mexico

01/23/2010 at Albuquerque, N.M.

#49 New Mexico 7, #58 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0

Singles competition:

1. Carl Ho (UNM) def. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2

2. Jadon Philips (UNM) def. James Langford (AMCC) 5-7, 6-3, 9-5 (9-5)

3. Ben Dunbar (UNM) def. Duje Janjic (AMCC) 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-2)

4. Phil Anderson (UNM) def. Robert Raguz (AMCC) 6-2, 6-1

5. Joe Wood (UNM) def. Alex Pavlov (AMCC) 6-4, 6-2

6. Conor Berg (UNM) def. Andrew Maingot (AMCC) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition:

1. Dmitry Novikov/James Langford (AMCC) def. Jadon Philips/Ben Dunbar (UNM) 8-5

2. Phil Anderson/Carl Ho (UNM) def. Robert Raguz/Duje Janjic (AMCC) 8-3

3. Conor Berg/Joe Wood (UNM) def. Andrew Maingot/Nathan Robinson (AMCC) 8-6

Match Notes:

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0-1; National ranking #58

New Mexico 1-0; National ranking #49

Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (4,6,5,2,1,3)

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs New Mexico State

1/24/2010 at Albuquerque, N.M.

New Mexico State 5, #58 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1

Singles competition:

1. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) 6-1, 6-4

2. Gustave Diep (NMSU) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-1, 6-2

3. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) def. Duje Janjic (AMCC) 7-6, 6-1

4. Matej Stanke (NMSU) vs. Robert Raguz (AMCC) unfinished

5. Orlando Suprelano (NMSU) def. Alex Pavlov (AMCC) 6-2, 6-4

6. Nathan Robinson (AMCC) def. Luis FernandoRamirez (NMSU) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition:

1. Dmitry Novikov/James Langford (AMCC) def. Gustave Diep/Eduardo Salas (NMSU) 8-3

2. Jim Brouleau/Orlando Suprelano (NMSU) def. Duje Janjic/Robert Raguz (AMCC) 8-6

3. Arthur Surreaux/Luis FernandoRamirez (NMSU) def. Nathan Robinson/Andrew Maingot (AMCC) 8-5

Match Notes:

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0-2; National ranking #58

New Mexico State 1-0