The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Tennis program will host its annual alumni event on Saturday, with the TennisRecycle.com Alumni Match set for a 10 a.m. start at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
"Our teams and our athletic department are extremely grateful to Bert Devera and TennisRecycle.com for their generous sponsorship of this awesome upcoming event," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "I feel like this is one of the best alumni matches in the country and is very unique for several reasons.
"The first is the extremely high level that our alumni still play, the second is that almost all of them live in Corpus Christi and will be there for the match and the third is their tremendous affinity and their close ties they have kept to the program."
The Islanders return solid groups of players from both the men's and women's teams, but they will be tested against some of the all-time greats in the history of the tennis program.
"We have very strong men's and women's tennis teams, but I would put our alumni teams against any other alumni team in the country," said Moore. "I would even go so far to say that our alumni teams would be competing to be a nationally ranked NCAA Division I team if they were in college. They're still that good."
The Islanders men's alumni team features former team captains Jason Holland, Goncalo Figueiredo, Aurelien Tave, Dmitry Novikov and Alex Johansson, as well as Joey Farias. Every one of these players played on a nationally ranked Islanders team. Novikov and Figueiredo are currently the two winningest players in Islanders men's history.
The women's team is equally as strong, featuring former team captains Carlotta Santos, Alexandra Dyckman, Erica Iriarte, Megan Harless and Katy Rogers.
They will face a women's team that had a record of 16-5 and was third in the Southland Conference last year while returning all but one starter off of that team, which finished with the best season in school history. The Islanders also added prized recruit Maider Martin, who won her first ITA-sanctioned tournament as a freshman in the Marco & Co. Catering Islanders Open.
The Islanders men's team features four new freshmen on a team that has won the Southland Conference and reached the NCAA Division I Top 60 five years in a row.
"I feel like the Islanders teams have always been like a big family," said Moore. "Watching these great returning players who poured their heart and soul into building this program return again to compete is truly special."
The event is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center and is free the public.
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