Feb. 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Despite losing the doubles point to start the match, Navy men's tennis (4-3) stormed through all six singles matches to defeat St. Bonaventure (1-6), 6-1, on Saturday at the Brigade Sports Complex.
"The way we bounced back after losing the doubles point by winning all six singles was promising," said head coach John Officer. "We learned from Virginia, after they lost the doubles point against Notre Dame in the ITA National Team Indoors, that they were not phased after losing the doubles point and were able to use that lesson in the win today."
Navy went a perfect 6-0 in singles matches. Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.), Blake Daniel (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas) helped jump start the Mids with three quick points that gave Navy a 3-1 lead with three remaining matches.
Navy's Tossavainen led the Mids, finishing first with an early 6-0, 6-0 win over Timothy De Santo in the No. 6 singles. Tossavainen was a late substitution for teammate Alex Gaines, who competed in the No. 3 doubles. Teammates Daniel and Jana followed in the No. 4 (6-1, 6-1) and No. 5 singles (6-3, 6-3) with straight-set wins.
"[Tyler] Tossavainen deserves a lot of credit today, having been subbed in at the last minute and performing the way he did right off the bench," said Coach Officer. "You want to see that kind of desire from an athlete, being called on at any moment and performing the way he did by winning in straight sets."
The crucial match point came in the No. 2 singles between Navy's Calvin Mark (Jr., Union City, Calif.) and St. Bonaventure's Elliot Fanshel. Mark and Fanshel battled in the first set with Mark capitalizing with a 6-4 win. In the second set, Mark wasted very little time with a 6-1 second set win to grab the match for Navy.
Before Navy took the match's fourth point, No. 1 flight of Austin Jones
(So., Dallas, Texas) and Bonnies' Irizarry was a well fought match. Jones and Irizarry battled in the first set before Jones took the first set, 6-5 (4). Jones then finished the match with a 6-1 second-set win to tally Navy's fifth point. Finally, Navy's Thomas Pecor
wrapped up the match with a 6-5 (5) win over Nureev in the No. 3 flight.
Navy will look to carry this win on the road against No. 28 North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 22. The match is slated for 10 a.m.
Navy (4-3) def. St. Bonaventure (1-6), 6-1
Doubles - St. Bonaventure wins the doubles point
1. Pecor/Jones (Navy) vs. SBU: Nureev/Fanshel (5-4)DNF
2. Irizarry/Ortiz (SBU) def. Daniel/Mark (Navy), 6-5(5)
3. Haskell/DeSanto (SBU) def. Jana/Gaines (Navy), 6-2
Finish: 3, 2
1. Austin Jones (Navy) def.Eduardo Irizarry, 6-5 (4), 6-1
2. Calvin Mark (Navy) def.Elliot Fanshel, 6-4, 6-1
3. Thomas Pecor (Navy) def. Ramazan Nureev, 6-5 (4), 6-5 (5)
4. Blake Daniel (Navy) def. Javier Ortiz, 6-1, 6-1
5. Krishna Jana (Navy) def. Celso de Vera Rehberger, 6-3, 6-3
6. Tyler Tossavainen (Navy) def. Timothy De Santo, 6-0, 6-0