Men's Tennis Falls Short at William & Mary
Jan. 20, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Navy men's tennis team fell to William & Mary, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg, Va. The Mids got wins in singles play from Calvin Mark and Austin Jones and went to three sets in to two other matches.
"They overpowered doubles us in doubles play. We fought hard, but the pace was a little too much for us," said Navy head coach John Officer. "In singles play, we weren't bothered at all by the pace. We had some good chances to win a couple more matches as well.
"William & Mary is one of the best teams on our schedule and we had good chances to win quite a few matches today, so that's encouraging. We certainly would have liked to have won, but we fought hard."
The Tribe got the first two singles wins of the day at the No. 4 and 2 spots. John Banks defeated Blake Daniel, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles and Ben Hoogland followed by downing Peter McDonald, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.
Mark won his second match on the weekend at No. 1 singles as he defeated Aaron Chaffee, 7-5, 6-1, to give Navy its first point. At No. 3 singles, Jones was pushed by William & Mary's Anton Andersson in the first set, winning 7-6. In the second set, Jones quickly put Andersson away, winning 6-1.
With the teams splitting the first four matches, the outcome came down to the No. 5 and 6 singles competitions. Navy's Tyler Burnett dropped his first set, 6-2, to Scott Huang at No. 6 singles, but bounced back to win the second frame, 6-4, and force a decisive set. Huang then won the third set, 6-3.
Navy's Nicholas Gutsche put up a battle at No. 5 singles as well. He defeated Adrian Vodislav, 7-5, in the first set, and then lost the second set, 6-4. In a back and forth third set, Vodislav eventually pulled out the win, 10-8.
"I was Very pleased with our effort," said Officer. "Both Jones and Mark cruised in their second sets and Tyler competed and fought, but just didn't have enough to pull it out at the end."
William & Mary took the doubles point with Andersson and Chaffee defeating Alex Gaines and Jones, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles and then Huang and Banks downing Danile and Gutsche, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles.
Navy will take on both St. Josephs and St. Francis (NY) next Saturday in Annapolis.
William & Mary 5, Navy 2
Singles (Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 3, 6*, 5)
No. 1 - Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Aaron Chaffee (W&M) - 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 - Ben Hoogland (W&M) def. Peter McDonald (Navy) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Austin Jones (Navy) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) - 7-6, 6-1
No. 4 - John Banks (W&M) def. Blake Daniel (Navy) - 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 - Adrian Vodislav (W&M) def. Nicholas Gutsche (Navy) - 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
No. 6 - Scott Huang (W&M) def. Tyler Burnett (Navy) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 3)
No. 1 - Guthrie/Vodislav (W&M) vs. Mark/McDonald (Navy) - 7-4, abandoned
No. 2 - Andersson/Chaffee (W&M) def. Gaines/Jones (Navy) - 8-3
No. 3 - Huang/Banks (W&M) def. Daniel/Gutsche (Navy) - 8-4