October 11, 2008

ISLANDERS WIN DOUBLES DRAW AT UTSA

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis had several outstanding individual performances on Saturday as team members took part in the UTSA Invitational and the Midland Racquet Club Invitational tournaments.

The doubles pair of sophomore James Langford and freshman David Pace won the A flight doubles title, beating a team from Texas-Pan American in the semifinals and taking on and beating the doubles pair from Laredo Community College in the finals by a score of 9-7.

"It showed a lot of heart and maturity to win the top flight of this tournament." said head coach Steve Moore, "This was very impressive for such young guys."

The young guys, Langford, a sophomore from London, England and a All-SLC pick as a freshman and Pace, a freshman who was ranked in the top 10 of the state junior rankings, looked like seasoned veterans as they methodically advanced through their competition.

They beat teams from St. Edwards, two teams from Texas-Pan American and finished their run with a victory over the team from Tyler Community College.

In other action at the UTSA tournament, Jaume Farras advanced in the flight A draw past Roman Petrunin in the semifinals by a score of 6-3, 6-4 before falling in the finals to Cledson Carvalho of Laredo by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

Pace also played in singles, advancing to the finals of the consolation round in the B draw before falling to Max Stratmann of UTSA by a score of 6-3, 6-4.

Alex Pavlov lost in the semifinals of the B draw to Jorge Delgado by a score of 6-4, 7-5.

Jose Zunino was also in action this Saturday, taking on Michael Breler of Texas Tech in the semifinals of the Midland Racquet Club Invitational. Zunino beat Breler to advance to the finals by a score of 6-4, 7-6.

Zunino would come up just short in the finals however, falling in three sets to the top player from the University of Illinois by a score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

"I am very proud of all our guys for competing so tough this weekend." said Coach Moore