The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team had a tough non-conference match against Louisiana-Lafayette, winning 4-3 at the Corpus Christi Country Club on Sunday afternoon.
The Islanders improve to 7-7 on the season while the Ragin' Cajuns move to 11-5 on the year. ULL just defeated Southland Conference team UTSA by a 4-1 score on Saturday afternoon.
" Lafayette is a very good team," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "But everyone of the guys on our team poured their heart into winning this match."
In the doubles matches, the Islanders fell 2-1 to fall behind 1-0 early on. In No. 2 doubles, Javier Pulgar and Neil Schneider defeated Laurent Montoisy and Jose Zunino 8-3 to give the Cajuns a 1-0 lead in the doubles matches. In No. 3 doubles, the Cajuns clinched the point by taking an 8-4 decision with Arlen Domoney and Bradley Bristow downing David Pace and James Langford, giving the Cajuns the first point of the match at 1-0. The Islanders won the final doubles match at the No. 1 position as Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov took a 9-8 victory over Piotr Olechowski and Piotr Banas.
"For obvious reasons, we talked a lot this week about how handling adversity defines a person's character," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I can honestly say this was the best effort we've had as an entire team so far this year."
In the singles matches, the Islanders kept chipping away, slowly building up a 3-2 lead before Dmitry Novikov clinched the match for the Islanders in the second-to-last match of the day.
In No. 1 singles, Pavlov quickly evened the match by defeating Banas by a 6-1, 6-1 score. No. 5 singles followed next, with Jaume Farras falling to Domoney by a 6-3, 6-4 final to put the Cajuns up 2-1 in the match. No. 4 singles was the next match to finish, with Zunino tying the score up once again by defeating Olechowski in 6-4, 7-5 fashion. The Islanders took their first lead of the match when Montoisy rallied from down a set to win No. 2 singles over Pulgar 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The clinching match of the day was No. 3 singles, with Novikov finishing off Schneider by a 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5 score. The Islanders fell in the final set of the match, No. 6 singles, as Langford fought through cramps to extend the match to three sets before falling 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 to Yanick Mandl.
"I think this team is about as close-knit and high-character a group as I have ever coached," said Moore. "The way they responded today should make this university very proud."
The Islanders are back in action on Wednesday, April 1 at the Corpus Christi Country Club against SLC opponent UT Arlington. Match time is set for a 2:00 PM start.
#47 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
1. Mikhail Pavlov (AMCC) def. Banas, Piotr (ULL) 6-1, 6-1
2. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) def. Pulgar, Javier (ULL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) def. Schneider, Neil (ULL) 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5
4. Jose Zunino (AMCC) def. Olechowski, Piotr (ULL) 6-4, 7-5
5. Domoney, Arlen (ULL) def. Jaume Farras (AMCC) 6-3, 6-4
6. Mandl, Yanick (ULL) def. James Langford (AMCC) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3
1. Mikhail Pavlov/Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) def. Olechowski, Piotr/Banas, Piotr (ULL) 9-8
2. Pulgar, Javier/Schneider, Neil (ULL) def. Laurent Montoisy/Jose Zunino (AMCC) 8-3
3. Domoney, Arlen/Bristow, Bradley (ULL) def. David Pace/James Langford (AMCC) 8-4
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7-7; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,5,4,2,3,6)