Feb. 17, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion won the doubles point and four straight-set singles matches on its way to recording a 6-1 victory over the Navy men's tennis team Sunday at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va.
The Monarchs (7-3), who are ranked 67th nationally, began the day by winning the doubles point from the Mids (5-4). ODU's No. 1 team of Can Cetinel and Carlos Lopez Villa, the No. 30 team in the country, posted an 8-1 win over Calvin Mark (So., Union City, Calif.) and Peter McDonald (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.), but the Mids had chances to win the remaining two matches. At the No. 2 flight, Jonas Kuwet and Albert Ochagavia held off several rallies from Navy's tandem of Alex Gaines (Fr., Wilmington, N.C.) and Austin Jones (Fr., Dallas, Texas) to eventually prevail by the score of 8-6 to secure the point for ODU.
The remaining No. 3 match saw Navy's Blake Daniel (So., Overland Park, Kan.) and Nicholas Gutsche (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.) holding a 6-4 lead in a tiebreaker over Wesley Barrett and Dante Terenzio when the match was stopped.
"We were very close to winning the doubles point," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We were leading at No. 3 when the match was stopped and our No. 2 team had fought back from several breaks of serve."
Old Dominion would win four of the singles matches in straight sets to secure the overall victory on the day.
Navy's point was posted by Daniel, who won a 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) decision over Barrett at the No. 4 flight.
"Blake was our player of the day," said Officer. "He was half of the No. 3 doubles team that was leading and won his match in singles. He played extremely well."
Additionally in singles, Jones would lose his No. 3 match to Terenzio in a third-set tiebreaker, and Gutsche served for the second set with a 6-5 lead before being broken and losing the ensuing tiebreaker, 7-3.
"In singles, Old Dominion took control in several of the matches early," said Officer. "They are known to hit the ball hard for their groundstrokes. They showed why they beat the No. 27 team in the country (Harvard) a few weeks ago.
"They took it to us in some of the matches. But Gutsche was serving for the second set that would have forced a third set, Jones lost in the third set and we were not too far away from winning a few more team points if not the overall match in those singles and doubles matches in which we had worked hard to give ourselves a chance in."
The match was Navy's second-straight contest against a nationally-ranked foe. The Mids previous lost a 4-0 decision to No. 23 North Carolina. Navy will now return home for three matches this coming weekend. The Mids will play host to George Mason (Noon) and Howard (5 p.m.) on Feb. 23 before taking on Drexel (5 p.m.) the following day.
"We learned the importance of being able to strike the ball off the ground," said Officer of today's match. "They did a good job of that, as well as with the pace of the ball they hit. We look forward to our matches next weekend and to being back at home."
#67 Old Dominion (7-3) def. Navy (5-4), 6-1
Doubles - Old Dominion wins the doubles point (1-2)
1. #30 Cetinel, Can / Lopez Villa, Carlos (ODU) def. Mark, Calvin / McDonald, Peter (NAVY) 8-1
2. Kuwert, Jonas / Ochagavia, Albert (ODU) def. Gaines, Alex / Jones, Austin (NAVY) 8-6
3. Barrett, Wesley / Terenzio, Dante (ODU) vs. Daniel, Blake / Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) 7-7 (4-6), unfinished
1. #112 Lopez Villa, Carlos (ODU) def. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) 6-1, 6-2
2. Ochagavia, Albert (ODU) def. McDonald, Peter (NAVY) 6-1, 6-1
3. Terenzio, Dante (ODU) def. Jones, Austin (NAVY) 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (10-7)
4. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) def. Barrett, Wesley (ODU) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Kuwert, Jonas (ODU) def. Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Podvinski, Zvonimir (ODU) def. Burnett, Tyler (NAVY) 6-1, 6-0