Jan. 18, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center on the first day of its spring season. The Mids began the day by dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 45 BYU before posting a 7-0 win over Saint Francis (Pa.).
BYU (3-0) opened the match by picking up wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, while the No. 2 doubles match was stopped with the score knotted at 4-4. In singles, Navy's Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jeremy Bourgeois at the No. 2 flight, while Calvin Mark (Jr., Union City, Calif.) tallied a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory against Robin Pfister at No. 3 singles.
The Mids also had another chance to pick up a point as Blake Daniel (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) dropped a 10-8 third-set tiebreaker in his match at No. 4 singles against Matthew Pearce.
"I really liked how we played singles," said Navy head coach John Officer of his team's efforts against the Cougars. "We played with a lot of passion and energy. We started slow in doubles, though. We were not totally ready at the beginning of the matches. The middle part of the doubles did go well.
"Kudos to our players for stepping up to the challenge of playing a nationally ranked team in their first match. It is the toughest opener we have had. We showed we can be a very good team."
Navy then dropped just one set in winning all of the completed matches against Saint Francis.
"We played extremely well in doubles," said Officer. "We went up 5-0 at Nos. 1 and 2 and were up, 5-2, at No. 3 doubles when we stopped it. In singles, Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.), Blake and Austin all played pretty well. Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) played well early and then late in coming back from being down a break in the second set to win in a tiebreaker. And Jake Darrah (Fr., Cartersville, Ga.) did a nice job of coming in to win at No. 6 for us.
"We are really pleased with how we played this first weekend. We have been practicing really hard, and it shows. We are very pleased with how we played BYU. We didn't win, but we had a lot of chances."
Navy will play host to St. Joseph's and St. Francis (N.Y.) on Jan. 25 before play at No. 1 Virginia on Jan. 26.
No. 45 BYU (3-0) def. Navy (0-1), 5-2
Doubles (3-1) -- BYU wins the doubles point
1 - Sterling Galli / Sargeant (BYU) def. Jones / Pecor, 6-1
2 - Daniel / Mark (Navy) vs. Bourgeois / Pfister, 4-4, UF
3 - Pearce / Jacob Sullivan (BYU) def. Jana / Tossavainen, 6-2
1 - Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Thomas Pecor, 6-2, 6-3
2 - Austin Jones (Navy) def. Jeremy Bourgeois, 6-1, 6-0
3 - Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Robin Pfister, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4 - Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Blake Daniel, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5 - Juan Canales (BYU) def. Krishna Jana, 6-4, 6-3
6 - Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) def. Tyler Tossavainen, 6-2, 6-1
Navy (1-1) def. Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-1), 7-0
Doubles (1-2) -- Navy wins the doubles point
1 - Jones / Pecor (Navy) def. Gervais / Fernandez, 6-0
2 - Daniel / Mark (Navy) def. Barter / Jimenez, 6-1
3 - Darrah / Tossavainen (Navy) led Carvajal / Cerdan, 5-2, UF
1 - Thomas Pecor (Navy) def. Washi Gervais, 6-1, 6-5 (7-5)
2 - Austin Jones (Navy) def. Rodrigo Tico Fernandez, 6-2, 6-2
3 - Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Sergio Carvajal, 6-2, 6-2
4 - Blake Daniel (Navy) def. Eli Cerdan, 6-1, 6-3
5 - Tyler Tossavainen (Navy) def. Lawson Barter, 6-2, 6-3
6 - Jake Darrah (Navy) def. Chris Jimenez, 6-4, 5-6 (5-7), 1-0 (10-6)