April 23, 2009

ISLANDER MEN HONORED WITH ALL-SLC AWARDS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team garnered several awards from the Southland Conference as All-SLC selections on Thursday afternoon. Three players were named to the first team, two doubles teams were honored and Director of Tennis Steve Moore won his third-straight Coach of the Year award.

In singles, Dmitry Novikov and Laurent Montoisy earned automatic honors due to their undefeated records at the singles position. Novikov was first-team at the No. 2 singles position, going 3-0 at No. 3, 1-0 at No. 1 and 2-0 at the No. 3 position in conference play. Novikov, junior from Minsk, Belarus, was 9-8 overall on the year.

The No. 3 singles position was won by Laurent Montoisy, who shared first-team honors with Abhaya Prakash from Nicholls State, was also undefeated in conference and by rule an automatic selection. The Lasne, Belgium native was 4-0 at No. 3 singles in conference and a team-best 14-4 overall on the year, going 9-0 at the No. 3 position, 4-4 at No. 2 singles and 1-0 at No. 4 singles.

The other first team selection for the Islanders was Zunino, who was voted onto the first team by the conference coaches and sports information directors. Zunino was honored at the No. 4 position after going 5-1 in SLC matches. The senior from Guayaquil, was 12-5 overall on the year.

In addition to the individual honors, Zunino and Montoisy completed a 6-0 season at No. 2 doubles to get the automatic selection for first-team honors. The No. 1 position in doubles was also taken by the Islanders, as Novikov teamed up with Mikhail Pavlov to take home the award after finishing 5-1.

In addition to the recognition the players received, Moore was named the SLC Coach of the Year for the third-straight season. Moore has led the Islanders to the last two conference championships by going undefeated in SLC play.

With the guidance of Moore, the Islanders have reached a ranking as high as #35 in the nation this season and are currently ranked #52 in the nation. The Islanders have reached an average high-ranking of #37 in the nation for Division I teams over the past three seasons since Moore returned to the program, the highest among I-AAA schools in the NCAA. I-AAA schools are Division I institutions that do not sponsor the sport of football. The Islanders have not lost a regular-season conference match on the court in the last three seasons.

"I'm honored but this was a group effort and it should really go to the entire group that made our team successful," said Moore. "From our assistant coaches, to compliance, to academic services and our team captains, a lot of people have worked very hard for this program to be successful."

2008-09 All-Southland Conference Men's Tennis Teams

First Team All-Southland Conference

Singles

School

Class

Hometown

1 - Aswin Vijayaragavan

Texas-Pan American

So.

Andhrapradesh, India

2 - Dmitry Novikov*

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

Minsk, Belarus

3 - Laurent Montoisy*

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

So.

Lanse, Belgium

3 - Abhaya Prakash*

Nicholls State

Sr.

India

4 - Jose Zunino

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Guayaquil, Equador

5 - Beau Bernstein

Texas-Pan American

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

6 - Gonzalo Bienzobas

UT Arlington

Jr.

San Felipe, Chile

Doubles

1 - Mikhail Pavlov/Dimitry Novikov

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Fr./Jr.

Moscow, Russia/Minsk, Belarus

2 - Laurent Montoisy/Jose Zunino*

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

So./Sr.

Lanse, Belgium/Guayaquil, Equador

3 - Mario Janic/Diego Snyder*

Lamar

Sr./So.

Split, Croatia/New Braunfels, Texas

* - denotes automatic selection

Second Team All-Southland Conference

Singles

1 - Mindaugas Celedinas

UT Arlington

Fr.

Vilnius, Lithuania

2 - Andre Moreira

UTSA

Sr.

Campinas, Brazil

4 - David Subirats

UT Arlington

Fr.

Edificio Antonio Valino, Spain

5 - Guillaume Capovin

Southeastern Louisiana

Sr.

France

6 - Jan Bezdecka

Southeastern Louisiana

Fr.

Czech Republic

Doubles

1 - Abhaya Prakash/Radu Ionescu

Nicholls State

Sr./So.

India/Bucharest, Romania

2 - Pedro Zanotelli/Max Strattman

UTSA

Fr./So.

Forteleza, Brazil/Bonn, Germany

3 - Damien Cordoba/Julien Roussel

Southeastern Louisiana

Fr./So.

France/France



Men's Player of the Year – Ashwin Vijayaragavan, Texas-Pan American

Freshman of the Year – Mindaugas Celedinas, UT Arlington

Newcomer of the Year – Guillaume Capovin, Southeastern Louisiana

Coach of the Year – Steve Moore, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi