Jan. 28, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's tennis team improved to 3-0 on Saturday by picking up a pair of wins at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis. Navy defeated St. Joseph's, 5-2, and followed that up by blanking St. Francis (N.Y.), 7-0.
Navy opened the day by defeating an upset-minded St. Joseph's squad, 5-2. In singles play, Navy got strong contributions from its freshman class as all four rookies won their matches.
"St. Joe's played really well today and they came out firing," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We were behind in quite a few matches, but were able to come back."
Clavin Mark became Navy's first singles winner of the day as he quickly defeated the Hawks' Tommy Gates, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 3 singles. Fellow rookie Tyler Burnett picked up another point for the Mids at No. 5 singles as he downed Peter Cognetti, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Burnett rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to rally and win.
Navy then won its final two singles matches also in comeback fashion.
After dropping the first set, 6-3, Blake Daniel responded to take the next two, 6-4 and 6-0, to pick up Navy's third victory in singles play by defeating Pierre Brondeau.
Peter McDonald, playing at No. 2 singles, bounced back from dropping his first set as well. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native used a pair of 6-4 wins over Jeff Kessler in the last two sets for Navy's fifth point of the day.
"We showed a lot of character today," said Officer. "We've got a young team and certainly didn't play our best tennis today. But I'm pleased with how we handled the pressure."
The Hawks' Alex Veronis defeated the Mids' Marcus Rebersak, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 singles, while an injury forced Navy's Anderson Walls to retire at No. 4 singles. Walls and Dan Barrus split the first two sets before Walls was forced to retire in the third, trailing 4-1.
"Anderson showed a lot fight today and I was really proud of his effort," said Officer.
Navy picked up the doubles point as the tandems of McDonald and Mark and Chris Kenney and Daniel won their matches 8-5 and 8-4, respectively.
Later in the afternoon, the Mids cruised to a 7-0 win over St. Francis (N.Y.).
After falling in both his doubles and singles matches earlier in the day, Navy's Rebersak responded to defeat the Terriers' Danlhadi Robinson, 6-2, 6-4, in No. 1 singles play.
McDonald and Mark made it 2-for-2 in their singles matches on the afternoon as they both picked up a pair of convincing wins against the Terriers. McDonald downed Tita Mba with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 singles, while Mark defeated James Brennan-Tsang, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Navy's Nicholas Gutsche, who did not compete against St. Joe's, took on the Terriers' Martin Grunin at No. 4 singles and won 6-0, 6-2.
After being part of a winning doubles tandem against St. Joes, Kenny played in the No. 5 singles slot against the Terriers where he defeated Daniel Gonzalez, 6-2, 6-1.
Heyward Drayton cruised by Alex Tokarz at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-0 to complete the singles sweep for the Mids.
The duos of McDonald and Mark (8-1), Kenney and Daniel (8-3) and Drayton and Gutsche (8-2) all won their doubles matches to begin play against the Terriers.
Navy will be back in action on Wednesday at the Tose Family Tennis Center when it plays host to Penn at 3:30 p.m.
Navy def. St. Joseph's, 5-2
1 - Jeff Kessler / Max Montague (SJ) def. Marcus Rebersak / Anderson Walls, 8-6
2 - Peter McDonald / Calvin Mark (N) def. Tommy Gates / Dan Barrus, 8-5
3 - Chris Kenney / Blake Daniel (N) def. Erik Thunberg / Kristian Broaddus, 8-4
1 - Alex Veronis (SJ) def. Marcus Rebersak, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2 - Peter McDonald (N) def. Jeff Kessler, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3 - Calvin Mark (N) def. Tommy Gates, 6-4, 6-2
4 - Dan Burrus (SJ) def. Anderson Walls, 1-6, 7-5, 4-1 (ret.)
5 - Tyler Burnett (N) def. Peter Cognetti, 7-6 (4), 6-1
6 - Blake Daniel (N) def. Pierre Brondeau, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Navy def. St. Francis (N.Y.), 7-0
1 - Peter McDonald / Calvin Mark (N) def. Danlhadi Robinson / Tita Mba, 8-1
2 - Chris Kenney / Blake Daniel (N) def. Alex Tokarz / James Brennan-Tsang, 8-3
3 - Heyward Drayton / Nicholas Gutsche (N) def. Daniel Gonzalez / Martin Grunin, 8-2
1 - Marcus Rebersak (N) def. Danlhadi Robinson, 6-2, 6-4
2 - Peter McDonald (N) def. Tit Mba, 6-3, 6-3
3 - Calvin Mark (N) def. James Brennan-Tsang, 6-2, 6-0
4 - Nicholas Gutsche (N) def. Martin Grunin, 6-0, 6-2
5 - Chris Kenney (N) def. Daniel Gonzalez, 6-2, 6-1
6 - Heyward Drayton def. Alex Tokarz, 6-1, 6-0