April 7, 2010

ISLANDER BOUNCE BACK STRONG WITH 4-1 WIN AT UT ARLINGTON

Arlington - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's tennis team bounced back in a big way on Tuesday afternoon, taking a 4-1 win over UT Arlington on the road.

The win improves the Islanders to 8-13 overall and 2-1 in Southland Conference play.

"This has not been the easiest year, a lot of learning, but we're fighting as hard as ever, I can promise you that," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I think last Wednesday really stung a lot of us."

Last week, the Islanders lost their first Southland Conference match in over three years and had their 17-match Southland regular season win streak snapped at Texas-Pan American.

"We spent a lot of time this past week talking about the pride, tradition and expectations that come with this program and representing that with actions and not words," said Moore. "The accountability of taking care of the things we can control and competing exceptionally hard at all times.

"I think the way they competed today speaks for itself."

In doubles action, the Islanders won the point by taking 2-of-3 matches. Dmitry Novikov and James Langford won an 8-6 match at the No. 1 spot. Nathan Robinson and Andrew Maingot clinched the point for TAMUCC after being down 6-3 and coming back for a 9-8 win at No. 3 doubles. Robert Raguz and Alex Pavlov took a 9-8 loss at the No. 2 position in the other match.

In singles action, Robinson put them up 2-0 with win at No. 5 single by a 6-4, 6-4 final, followed by Duje Janjic winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in the third set to put TAMUCC up 3-0.

UT Arlington won at No. 4 singles over Pavlov to make it 3-1 while Raguz clinched the match for TAMUCC at No. 3 singles, coming back from 5-2 down in the second set and winning five points in a row to win his match 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

Novikov at No. 1 singles and Langford at the No. 2 position had just begun the third set when the match was stopped to go unfinished.

"This was a big conference win and huge bounce back from last Wednesday," said Moore. "They showed a lot of maturity."