Men's Tennis Sweeps Pair of Matches on Saturday
Jan. 25, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's tennis team swept a pair of matches on Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center. The Mids went 14-0 on the day with a 7-0 win over St. Joseph's in the morning and a 7-0 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn in the afternoon.
In the morning competition, the Mids had a battle on their hands versus a game St. Joseph's squad. The No. 2 doubles team of Daniel and Mark gave Navy a quick 1-0 lead with a 6-1 victory before the No. 3 team of Alex Gaines (So., Wilmington, N.C.) and Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas) clinched the team point with a 6-3 win.
"We had a strong start with doubles," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We returned serve well and served well to lead to the doubles win."
In singles action, the Mids would go 6-0, but not without five tiebreakers and a pair of three set matches. Jana and Mark were the lone Mids to win their matches without a tiebreaker involved, as Jana defeated Paranjay Malhotra in No. 5 action, 6-4, 6-2 before Mark dispatched of Dan Barrus, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.
With a 3-0 team lead, freshman Thomas Pecor (Houston, Texas) clinched the win for Navy with a 6-5 (1), 6-3 victory at the No. 1 position.
The Mids closed out the 7-0 victory with wins by Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) at No. 2 over Pierre Brondeau, 6-5 (5), 6-4, Daniel at No. 4 over Andres Urrea, 5-6 (5), 6-4, 10-6 and Tossavainen at No. 6 over Jason Sisti, 5-6 (10), 6-5 (3), 13-11.
"In singles, we kept rolling right away with another fast start," said Officer. "Thomas Pecor did a nice job, as did Calvin Mark, who is hitting the ball as well as anyone right now. Tyler Tossavainen closed well for us in the No. 6 match for the win."
"After winning 4-3 against St. Joseph's last year and to take it 7-0 this year is a great sign," said Officer. "St. Joseph's came at us hard and made us battle."
In the afternoon session, Navy had a much easier time on their way to another 7-0 result as the Mids failed to drop a set in any of their matches to St. Francis Brooklyn.
Navy quickly netted the doubles point on the strength of a 6-0 win by the No. 3 team of Tossavainen and Jake Darrah (Fr., Cartersville, Ga.) and a 6-1 victory by the No. 2 pairing of Daniel and Mark.
Two 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins by Darrah at No. 6 and Gaines at No. 5 staked Navy out to a 3-0 match lead before Daniel, Tossavainen and Mark would finish their competitions in quick succession. Daniel clinched the team win for the Mids at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 outcome over Sacha Singh, while Tossavainen went 6-0, 6-1 over Andrew Proto at No. 4 and Mark went 6-0, 6-2 versus Victor Blasco at No. 1.
Pecor rounded out the sweep for Navy with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Francesc Terns-Campius in No. 2 action.
"This afternoon was a good match for us," said Officer. "We got some extra guys into the action, so that was good to see. St. Francis challenged us throughout as every point was a hard point."
"Today's matches were definitely positive and we'll look forward to traveling to No. 1 Virginia tomorrow," said Officer.
The Mids will have a quick turnaround as they will be right back in action on Sunday, Jan. 26 with a matchup versus the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va. The action is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Navy (2-1) def. St. Joseph's (0-1), 7-0Doubles (2-3) - Navy wins the doubles point 1. Pecor/Jones (Navy) led Sierra/Barrus, 5-3, uf 2. Daniel/Mark (Navy) def. Brondeau/Urrea, 6-1 3. Gaines/Jana (Navy) def. Chalmers/van Erven, 6-3 Singles (5-3-1-2-4-6) 1. Thomas Pecor (Navy) def. Jose Sierra, 6-5 (1), 6-3 2. Austin Jones (Navy) def. Pierre Brondeau, 6-5 (5), 6-4 3. Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Dan Barrus, 6-2, 6-2 4. Blake Daniel (Navy) def. Andres Urrea, 5-6 (5), 6-4, 10-6 5. Krishna Jana (Navy) def. Paranjay Malhotra, 6-4, 6-2 6. Tyler Tossavainen (Navy) def. Jason Sisti, 5-6 (10), 6-5 (3), 13-11
Navy (3-1) def. St. Francis Brooklyn (1-7), 7-0Doubles (3-2) - Navy wins the doubles point 1. Pecor/Jones (Navy) led Blasco/Terns-Campius, 4-1, uf 2. Daniel/Mark (Navy) def. Singh/Chung, 6-1 3. Tossavainen/Darrah (Navy) def. Proto/Bosch, 6-0 Singles (6-5-3-4-1-2) 1. Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Victor Blasco, 6-0, 6-2 2. Thomas Pecor (Navy) def. Francesc Terns-Campius, 6-4, 6-4 3. Blake Daniel (Navy) def. Sacha Singh, 6-1, 6-0 4. Tyler Tossavainen (Navy) def. Andrew Proto, 6-0, 6-1 5. Alex Gaines (Navy) def. James Chung, 6-0, 6-0 6. Jake Darrah (Navy) def. Alex Bosch, 6-0, 6-0