Feb. 2, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina bounced back after dropping the doubles point to defeat the Navy men's tennis team, 5-2, Sunday morning at the ECU Tennis Center in Greenville, N.C.
The Mids (3-3) played very well in securing the doubles point against the Pirates (5-1) with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles and a near win at the No. 1 flight.
Blake Daniel (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Calvin Mark (Jr., Union City, Calif.) combined for a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles against Damien Brenard and Fredric Lehfeldt, with Alex Gaines (So., Wilmington, N.C.) and Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas) winning their No. 3 match by an identical score over Nicolas Soriano and Patriek Wolterbeek.
At No. 1 doubles, Navy's Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) and Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) were about to serve for the match with a 5-2 lead against Colin Roller and Joran Vliegen, the 53rd-ranked tandem in the country, when play was stopped due to the Mids earning the doubles point.
"We started off very strong in doubles," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We played really well in winning at two and three, as well as at No. 1 where we had a match point against a nationally ranked team. That would have been a nice win for Austin and Thomas."
The Pirates rallied to win five of the six singles matches to come away with the overall victory.
Vliegen, who is ranked 23rd nationally in singles, won a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Pecor at No. 1, Mario Martinez rallied after dropping the first set of his No. 3 singles match against Mark to win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, Brenard posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Daniel and No. 4 and Fredric Lehfeldt clinched the team win for the Pirates with his 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jana at No. 5.
Navy's lone win was recorded by Jones, who posted a 4-6, 6-5 (7-3), 6-3 win over Soriano at No. 2 singles.
"Austin was up a break in the first set and Calvin won his first set, so we had the momentum going for us," said Officer. "They (ECU) shifted it about halfway through those matches and we never really got it back. It seemed we were fighting uphill the rest of the way."
"The reality in matches like this against good teams is there will be shifts of momentum. We need to handle the shifts and get it back at key times. We weren't able to do that today."
Play on the day ended with Roller defeating Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island Fla.), 8-1, at No. 6 singles.
"Austin played very well, Calvin had a chance in his match and Blake lost a tight one," said Officer. "East Carolina is one of the top-five teams we have on our schedule this year."
Navy has a little bit of a break in its schedule before its next match, a Feb. 13 contest against Villanova.
East Carolina (5-1) def. Navy (3-3), 5-2
Doubles -- Navy wins the doubles point (2-3)
1. Jones, Austin / Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) led Roller, Colin / Vliegen, Joran (ECU), 5-2, unfinished
2. Daniel, Blake / Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Brenard, Damien / Lehfeldt, Fredric (ECU), 6-3
3. Gaines, Alex / Jana, Krishna (NAVY) def. Soriano, Nicolas / Wolterbeek, Patriek (ECU), 6-3
1. Vliegen, Joran (ECU) def. Pecor, Thomas (NAVY), 6-1, 6-0
2. Jones, Austin (NAVY) def. Soriano, Nicolas (ECU), 4-6, 6-5 (7-3), 6-3
3. Martinez, Mario (ECU) def. Mark, Calvin (NAVY), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Brenard, Damien (ECU) def. Daniel, Blake (NAVY), 6-3, 6-4
5. Lehfeldt, Fredric (ECU) def. Jana, Krishna (NAVY), 6-2, 6-1
6. Roller, Colin (ECU) def. Tossavainen, Tyler (NAVY), 8-1