NO. 4 LONGHORNS TOO MUCH FOR YOUNG ISLANDERS
Austin - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-5) ran into an immovable object on Saturday in the form of the #4 team in the country the University of Texas (8-1). The Islanders battled tough at Penick-Allison Tennis Center but the 'Horns proved to be quite formable in the 7-0 loss.
UT has been a successful program over the past couple of years losing in the NCAA semi-finals last year and are two years removed from being National runner-ups.
"This may be the best team in the country," said director of tennis Steve Moore "I'm very pleased with how this young team competed today."
Dmitry Novikov lost 6-2, 6-3 to Dimitar Kutrovski in number one singles, James Langford fell 6-1, 6-4 against Jean Anderson, and in number three singles Robert Raguz was knocked off 6-4, 7-5.
The Islanders closest match came in number four singles as Alex Pavlov won the first set against Daniel Whitehead 6-2, but lost the second 6-4 followed up by a 12-10 score in the super tie-breaker in which Pavlov had match point.
Nathan Robinson lost 6-2, 6-0 in number five singles and Andrew Maingot was defeated 6-1, 6-4 in number six play.
"We gave great effort today, but we ran into a better team, we have to stay together and keep chopping wood," said Moore.
TAMUCC lost doubles by the score of 8-4 in number one and two action and lost 8-5 in number three doubles.
On Sunday, the team travels to Nicholls to open Southland Conference play. The Islanders have never lost a conference match under the tutelage of Steve Moore. It will also be a rematch of last years SLC men's final, won by A&M-CC.
"Tomorrow is big with the first conference match, looking forward to competing. In the past we've out competed other teams and we'll compete like pit bulls as this is a new year, new team," added Moore.
The match starts at 11 a.m. in Beaumont.