April 21, 2010

ISLANDER TENNIS PICKS UP SEVERAL SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE POSTSEASON AWARDS

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis player Doris Kuselj has been named the Southland Conference's Freshman of the Year while Nathan Robinson was named the men's tennis Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday by a vote of the coaches and sports information directors. Director of Tennis Steve Moore was also named to Coach of the Year for his leadership of the men's tennis team to its third straight Southland Conference Championship.

In addition to the three awards, Kuselj was named to the All-Southland teams on the women's side and Dmitry Novikov, James Langford and Robert Raguz were recognized on the men's side.

"We are very proud of those players, they worked extremely hard and were very good teammates," said Moore. "I'm glad to see them recognized."

Kuselj excelled on the court for the Islanders as she recorded a 15-2 overall record in her first year with the program. She finished 9-1 in Southland play and was named Second Team All-Southland at the No. 2 singles position. The freshman from Dubronik, Croatia helped the Islanders to their highest ever finish in the Southland Conference.

Robinson, a transfer from Tyler Junior College, was named Newcomer of the Year after going undefeated in Southland play with a 4-0 record. He was 2-0 at both the No. 5 and No. 6 position as he helped his team to a conference championship in his first year with the program.

On the men's All-Southland teams, Novikov and Langford were named to the first team at No. 1 doubles after compiling an undefeated 3-0 record in conference play and a 12-3 overall record.

On the second team, Novikov was named to the No. 1 position while Raguz garnered the No. 3 singles spot. Novikov was 9-6 overall and 3-1 in league play. Raguz finished the season with a 10-11 record and went 3-2 in Southland matches.

Moore received the men's tennis Coach of the Year award, the fourth in-a-row for the Corpus Christi native, as he led his team to another conference championship.

"That's simply a misnamed award, it should be staff of the year," said Moore. "I feel like I was surrounded by the best staff of assistant coaches, strength coaches, compliance and academics and all the other athletic department people that poured their heart and soul into these kids."

The women's tennis team will play Texas State on Friday morning in the No. 3 vs No. 6 matchup. The No. 6 seed for the Islander women is the highest the team has ever finished in the Southland Conference standings and helped them qualify for the tournament in consecutive years.