TAMUCC WINS FOUR TITLES AT ISLANDER OPEN

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tennis teams closed out a very successful weekend on Sunday, winning the women's singles and women's doubles championships to give the Islanders 4-of-5 titles on the weekend. The other title went to Aswin Vijayaragavan of Texas-Pan American with TAMUCC's Dmitry Novikov finishing in the runner-up spot.

Sunday saw a dominating performance by Mirna Cicak, who won the women's singles title over fellow Islanders Doris Kuselj in the early match. Cicak took a 7-5, 1-6, 6-0 decision over Kuselj to win the women's A flight title.

In the afternoon, Cicak teamed with Megan Harless to take the women's doubles finals as well. Cicak and Harless took an easy 8-3 final over Anderson and Salvatova of UTPA. The win gave Cicak two titles on the weekend. In addition to those, LeAnne Mascall won the women's B flight and Novikov and James Langford won the men's doubles to take home the titles in those flights.

"I'm very proud of the way both the men and women's teams played this weekend," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I really salute the freshmen, they are working so hard and have incredibly good team chemistry."

The only flight that the Islanders did not win was the men's singles bracket, as Novikov lost to Vijayaragavan by a 6-4, 6-4 score in the finals.

"Dmitry had a tough match," said Moore. "I give Aswin a lot of credit, he was the conference player of the year last season and it showed today."

TAMUCC had 3-of-4 semi-finalists in both the men's and women's draws and having three finalists out of the final four players in singles action on the weekend.

"If they keep outworking people and keep sticking together, this could be an incredibly successful season," said Moore. "Morale and confidence are earned, and right now they are earning it."

It was a very successful weekend for both the tennis teams as well as the tennis program, with the inaugural ITA "Islander Open" a huge success for the area and the school. The Corpus Christi Country Club, Pharaoh's Country Club and the Corpus Christi Athletic Club all helped contribute to the process of hosting the teams and matches.

"I'm very pleased with this tournament being held for the first time ever," said Moore. "The way the tournament went, we owe a lot to the Corpus Christi Country Club, Jerry Maingot and their membership."