April 14, 2012

Tennis Senior Days Highlight Final Home Matches of Season

The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi tennis program will have a busy weekend starting this Saturday, as the men host UTSA at 5 p.m. on Saturday, while the women face McNeese State at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and Lamar on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the final home matches of the year. It will also be Senior Day for four very special players to the Islanders program.

The men's team comes into the weekend with a mark of 10-10 on the year, and a win over UTSA would go a long way in helping the team to a fifth straight Southland Conference Championship. The women's team is 12-4 overall, 5-3 in league matches. They are enjoying one of the best seasons in school history and look to improve their position in the conference standings.

On Saturday, Nathan Robinson, Aurelien Tave and Alex Pavlov will be honored before the match, in their final home contests as an Islander. On Sunday, senior Mirna Cicak will be recognized for her part in the rise of the Islanders program, and as one of the winningest players in school history. All contests will be held at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.

Tave, who transferred from Troy, won Southland Newcomer of the year. In his two years of playing for the Islanders, he has never lost a Southland Conference singles match and is currently the team captain. He has been an incredible leader and has had wins at No. 2 singles against Oklahoma State and Texas. Tave just three weeks ago at the HEB Tournament of Champions won the clinching match to beat Oklahoma State, a Big 12 team, and clinched 3rd place for the Islanders. Tave has had above a 3.0 GPA each semester he has played for the Islanders.

Nathan Robinson is one of the best examples of a student-athlete any school will ever see. Last year he won the Texas A&M Corpus Christi award as the top economic student at the University, something you rarely see from a scholarship athlete. He has had a 4.0 GPA in five of his last six semesters at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. He also won the Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2011. Also a great player on the court, Nathan was the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2010 and recently clinched our 4-3 victory at UT Arlington in #4 singles. Robinson is undefeated in the Southland Conference so far this year and recently beat Rice at #3 singles position.

Alex Pavlov is a four-year letter winner for the Islanders who has played as high as No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles. This makes him the second Pavlov to play No. 1 doubles for the Islanders, as his brother Mikhail also did. Alex clinched the Lamar match to make the Islanders Southland Conference Champions in 2010. Alex also clinched one of the longest matches in Islanders history at nationally ranked Louisiana –Lafayette in a 6 1/2 hour match that finished after 1 a.m. - one of the most memorable matches of all time for the Islanders. Alex also has above a 3.0 GPA for the Islanders.

Cicak has played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for four straight years. She is the team captain and heart of the team that is currently having the best season in school history at 12-4 overall and 5-3 in the Southland Conference. Cicak has been an absolute warrior for the Islanders overcoming multiple surgeries, and always competing with incredible intensity for the Islanders. She has been a captain for three years and has had above a 3.0 GPA each of her four years with the Islanders. With her playing No.1 doubles and No. 1 singles, the Islanders made the conference tournament three years in a row and finishing 4th out of the 12 teams in the Southland Conference last year, the highest in program history. She has been truly special for the Islanders.

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