LONGHORNS END ISLANDERS RUN AT ITA REGIONALS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team finished up an impressive run in the Wilson/ITA Texas Regional after falling in matches to members of the Texas Longhorns. The regional is one of the biggest tournaments in the fall and includes every Division I team in the state of Texas with the winner of the tournament in singles and doubles going to the national tournament.
In the singles main draw, #17 seed Dmitry Novikov lost a 6-4, 6-3 match to Ed Corrie of Texas, the #5 overall seed in the regional. The loss in the third round concluded an impressive run for the Islanders top singles player.
In doubles action, the new tandem of Nathan Robinson and Andrew Maingot fell by an 8-4 final to another pair of Longhorns in John Wiegand and Chris Camillone. The duo had made it to the round of 16 before their run was stopped by the Texas team.
"It was a very good tournament for our young guys Andrew Maingot and Nathan Robinson," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Those two guys have a very bright future here and have been working extremely hard."
In other singles action, Robinson lost to Alex Hilliard of Texas by a 7-5, 6-3 score in the consolation round.
"Today was very close but UT was just a little better than we were," said Moore. "I expect our guys to be right there with any Division I team in the state and they really have been."
Just two years ago, Islanders Mikhail Pavlov and Andrey Kumantsov won the entire tournament in doubles and represented the state of Texas at the Nike Indoors at Ohio State. Novikov also made the quarterfinals of the tournament in singles last fall.
"I expect our guys to do well at this tournament," said Moore. "We have always held our own pretty well here."
With the final fall tournament off the schedule, the Islanders do not play again until January 23 at New Mexico. They follow that up with an invitation to the national indoor team tournament on January 29-30.
"This is the end of the individual season and we have three months to see how hard we can work and improve to be ready for the spring," said Moore. "If you're a tennis player, you know the horse race to see how much you can improve starts now."
The Islanders start with four nationally-ranked teams to begin the spring season. TAMUCC is no stranger to the national rankings as they were ranked in the ITA national rankings every week last year, reaching as high as #35 in Division I tennis and making the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row.