The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team took a strong 6-1 victory over the UTSA Roadrunners on the road Saturday afternoon in an important Southland Conference match.
The Islanders, who are ranked #42 in the ITA Tennis national poll this week, improve to 9-7 overall on the year and remain undefeated at 3-0 in the conference standings. The win give the team its 12th-straight SLC victory, dating back to last season's undefeated conference schedule and the Islanders have not lost an SLC match on the court in nearly three years. The loss sends the Roadrunners to 7-11 overall and 3-2 in SLC play.
The meeting between the two teams was the first since the Islanders defeated UTSA 4-0 in the SLC Tournament championship match to move on to the NCAA tournament last season.
"This match was closer than the score," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I thought we fought very hard and played tough out there today.
"I have a lot of respect for this UTSA team, they are a good team."
In doubles action, the Islanders clichéd the point by taking all three match victories. In No. 3 doubles, James Langford and David Pace were the first to win, taking an 8-4 decision over Jorge Delgado and Daniel Moreiras. The Islanders clinched the point when No. 2 doubles finished, as Laurent Montoisy and Jose Zunino defeated Max Stratmann and Pedro Zanotelli with an 8-6 final. No. 1 doubles was the last to finish, as Mikhail Pavlov and Dmitry Novikov were taken to a tiebreaker by Rodrigo Morgado and Andre Moreira, eventually winning 8-7 (7-4).
In singles competition, the Islanders picked up their first point when Montoisy defeated Zanotelli 6-3, 6-1 in No. 3 singles. Langford added to the Islanders lead when he won No. 6 singles 7-5, 6-1 over Delgado. Zunino finished off the Roadrunners with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles over Moreiras, giving the Islanders the victory. The next match to finish was the only UTSA point, as Stratmann defeated Jaume Farras 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 to win No. 5 singles. Novikov was the second-to-last to finish, winning No. 2 singles over Moreira in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. The final match to finish was No. 1 singles, as Pavlov was victorious over Morgado in three sets as well, winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
"To win 6-1 on the road shows a lot of toughness and focus," said Moore. "I think this group is very much focused and very much together."
The Islanders will be back in action this coming Thursday at 6:00 PM as they travel to Austin to take on the #11 Texas Longhorns.
|1. Mikhail Pavlov (AMCC) def. Rodrigo Morgado (UTSA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3|
|2. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) def. Andre Moreira (UTSA) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6|
|3. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC) def. Pedro Zanotelli (UTSA) 6-3, 6-1|
|4. Jose Zunino (AMCC) def. Daniel Moreiras (UTSA) 6-4, 7-5|
|5. Max Stratmann (UTSA) def. Jaume Farras (AMCC) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2|
|6. James Langford (AMCC) def. Jorge Delgado (UTSA) 7-5, 6-1|
|1. Mikhail Pavlov/Dmitry Novikov (AMCC) def. Andre Moreira/Rodrigo Morgado (UTSA) 8-7 (7-4)|
|2. Laurent Montoisy/Jose Zunino (AMCC) def. Max Stratmann/Pedro Zanotelli (UTSA) 8-6|
|3. David Pace/James Langford (AMCC) def. Jorge Delgado/Daniel Moreiras (UTSA) 8-4|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-7, 3-0 SLC; National ranking #42|
|UTSA 7-11, 3-2 SLC|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,4,5,2,1)|