The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Men's and Women's Tennis Program will be hosting its annual alumni event this weekend at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. Play will start on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the facility, and will feature alumni versus current Islanders players.
"I could not possibly be more proud of this group of Islanders men and women," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Every one of them was a great Islanders player and teammate, but they were also great students. Each of them has become incredibly successful in their respective field after college."
On the women's side, formers standouts Carlotta Santos, Alexandra Dyckman, Erika Iriarte, Alexandra Valarezo, Nadia Filmalter and Megan Harless will take part.
Santos is one of the winningest players in Texas A&M – Corpus Christi history while Dyckman is currently the Assistant Tennis Pro at the HEB Tennis Center and Premier Academy. Harless is also still involved with tennis as the assistant men's and women's coach at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Filmalter is currently completing her degree while Iriarte has completed her degree and is in private business.
The men's team will feature players currently involved with the program, as well as many standouts from Coach Steve Moore's coaching days.
Dmitry Novikov, a former No. 1 player and current assistant tennis pro at the Corpus Christi Country Club will be one of the participants. Student assistant James Langford and Assistant Women's Coach Jose Zunino will also be playing on the alumni team this weekend.
The first two players in Islanders history, Jason Holland and Alex Johansson, will also be taking part in the festivities on Saturday with Joey Farias, an assistant pro at the HEB Tennis Center, rounding out the group.
Holland is currently director of tennis at Northshore Country Club and Johansson is the head coach of the highly successful Premier Tennis Academy at the HEB Tennis Center.
Every one of these players on the men's side played on an Islanders team that was nationally ranked in NCAA Division I during their careers. Each player also played on the professional satellite tour after college.
"This is a group that really did great things in college, but has done even greater things after college," said Moore. "If anyone ever wonders what type of student-athletes we're producing from this University, just take a look at this group. They are incredible ambassadors for this university and athletic department."
Admission to the alumni event is free to the public.