Jan. 26, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Defending NCAA champion and No. 1 ranked Virginia posted an 8-0 victory over the Navy men's tennis team Sunday evening on the Boyd Tinsley Courts at Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
The match between the teams that faced off against each other in the first round of the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments began with Navy (3-2) dropping each of the three doubles matches to Virginia (4-0). The Mids then lost all of the seven singles matches in straight sets to the Cavaliers.
"Virginia is the No. 1 ranked team in the country for a reason," said Navy head coach John Officer. "They are a very dominant team. They play a style that no one else in the country plays. They have big first serves and look to dominate the points from that. Then they go for it a lot on their returns of serves because they can take chances due to the strength of their own serves. It is hard for the other team to keep up with them when they are on."
Included in the singles results were Virginia's Mac Styslinger, the No. 94-ranked player in the country, defeating Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) by the score of 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and Jordan Daigle, who is ranked 43rd nationally, defeating Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas), 6-0, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.
"Virginia is getting all of the top American players," said Officer. "They have been knocking on the door of the NCAA title for several years before breaking through last year. Now it looks as if they could go on a three-to-four year run of national titles. They also are well coached and are a class act. There are very few unranked teams they will play, so we are thankful for this opportunity. It was a great experience and we leave here definitely better from it."
Navy's lone other loss this season was a 5-2 defeat to No. 45 BYU.
"I like where we are at as a team," said Officer. "Our two losses are to the No. 1 ranked team and a close match to the No. 45 team."
Navy will be back in action on Feb. 2 when the Mids take to the road face East Carolina.
Virginia (4-0) def. Navy (3-2), 8-0
Doubles (2-3-1) - Virginia wins the doubles point
1 - Domijan / Justin Shane (UVA) def. Jones / Pecor, 8-1
2 - Kwiatkowski / Styslinger (UVA) def. Daniel / Mark, 8-2
3 - Jonathan Cornish / Daigle (UVA) def. Gaines / Jana, 8-2
1 - Alex Domijan (UVA) def. Austin Jones, 6-1, 6-2
2 - Ryan Shane (UVA) def. Calvin Mark, 6-1, 6-2
3 - (94) Mac Styslinger (UVA) def. Thomas Pecor, 6-0, 6-1
4 - Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA) def. Blake Daniel, 6-2, 6-2
5 - (43) Jordan Daigle (UVA) def. Krishna Jana, 6-0, 6-3
6 - Luca Corinteli (UVA) vs. Tyler Tossavainen (Navy), 6-1, 6-0
7 - Harrison Richmond (UVA) def. Alex Gaines, 6-1, 6-1