Houston - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's and women's tennis teams each picked up their first win of the season on Thursday afternoon at the Houston Metropolitan Racquet Club after the matches had to be moved indoors due to bad weather.
The Islander women even their record to 1-1 on the season while the men move to 1-2 on the year.
In the early match, the men's team picked up a costly win over the Panthers, winning 4-1 but losing blue-chip freshman Duje Janjic to a badly sprained ankle in No. 2 singles. Janjic was forced to default, leading to the PVAM's only point of the match. In other singles action, James Langford won at No. 1 singles, Alex Pavlov won at No. 3 singles, Robert Raguz won at the No. 4 spot and Nathan Robinson won at the No. 5 spot to win the dual match. Andrew Maingot was leading in his match at No. 6 singles when it was called due to the match being clinched.
"I was really proud of our new guys Robert Raguz, Andrew Maingot, Nathan Robinson and Alex Pavlov," said Moore. "They were very focused and mature today."
In the women's match, the Islanders ran through their opponent, taking a 5-0 win over the Panthers. Mirna Cicak won at No. 1 singles, Bianca Discordia won at the No. 2 spot, Adrienne Kovacs won the No. 3 flight, LeAnne Mascall won No. 4 singles and Nadia Flimalter won the No. 5 position. The No. 6 singles match never began due to the match being finished.
"I'm very proud of the girls," said Moore. "They were extremely focused today and fought extremely hard.
"The guys were also competing with a lot of spirit and fighting extremely hard but everyone was a little down after Duje's injury."
The women's next match is Thursday, Feb. 4 at UTEP. It will be the first of three in El Paso, with matches against Illinois State and Arkansas State to follow on Friday and Saturday.
The Islander men who were already thin, as they were redshirting their top two players, will now go to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Indoor regional with only six players and no reserves.
"I'm disappointed, Duje was playing great and had won everyone's respect on the team but we have six guys that will fight their tails off."
The men will be traveling to the ITA's on the campus of Baylor. On Saturday, Jan. 30, TAMUCC will take on #38 TCU at 1 PM in a battle of the 2nd and 3rd seeds. Baylor is the top seed, TCU is second, the Islanders are third and Iowa rounds out the four teams in the extremely tough regional.
The ITA Fall indoors features the nation's top 64 teams in 16 four-team regionals across the nation. The final 16 teams remaining will advance to the finals on the campus of Ohio State later in the season.