College Station, Texas The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team finished play Sunday at the ITA Regional being held on the campus of Texas A&M.
In a tournament where the Islanders were without Laurent Montoisy and Mike Pavlov, the top two returnees from last season's NCAA tournament team, younger players stepped up and put on an impressive showing.
In doubles action, the team of freshman David Pace and sophomore James Langford advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw. They faced off against Ed Corrie and Jon Wiegand of the University of Texas, losing an 8-6 battle to the #4 seeded team in the tournament.
It was the first loss of the season for the pair, as they were coming off a recent overall win at the UTSA Invitational in San Antonio.
"I feel like these guys are competing with unusual maturity." said Islander Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "They have improved a lot in a sport where you have to work everyday to get better."
Dmitry Novikov, a junior, also displayed toughness in singles action as he was matched up against the #9 seed in the tournament, Austin Krajicek from the University of Texas. Novikov battled before falling 6-4; 7-6(8) to Krajicek.
"I am very proud of Dmitry." said Moore. "He has improved a lot and competed very hard today."
In other singles action, Langford fell to Dmitry Minkin of UT Arlington by a score of 3-6; 6-4; 1-0 in the third round of the consolation draw.
Islanders Pace and Alex Pavlov faced off in the round of 32 in the R2C consolation draw, with Pace winning 6-4; 7-6(3). Pace moved to the next round against Javier Pulgar Garcia of Lafayette, falling 6-2; 6-1.
"This is a sport where you have to work everyday to improve." said Moore. "I believe these guys know that and will stay focused on doing so."