Men's Tennis Defeats George Mason
Feb. 25, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A trio of freshmen each won a pair of matches on the day to help the Navy men's tennis team post a 5-2 victory over George Mason Saturday afternoon at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis.
"I think we were fortunate today," said Navy head coach John Officer. "I felt we could have played better than we did. George Mason really came ready to play. But I think the mark of a good team is being able to come away with the win on a day when you do not have your very best stuff."
The doubles point between the Mids (8-4) and the Patriots (5-1) would not be decided until the last match was completed. George Mason won the first match off of the courts, an 8-3 win by its No. 2 team of Scott Keaton and Joseph Wiggins over Nicholas Gutsche (Jr., Sarasota, Fla.) and Marcus Rebersak (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.). Navy's No. 1 tandem of Calvin Mark (Fr., Union City, Calif.) and Peter McDonald (Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) evened things up with an 8-2 victory over Jimmy Davis and Jordan Dyke. That left the No. 3 match between Navy's Blake Daniel (Fr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Chris Kenney (So., Westlake Village, Calif.) and George Mason's Chris Borden and Taylor Sargent to determine which squad would earn the doubles point.
The match would be extended into a tiebreaker where the Mids would prevail by the score of 7-5.
"Definitely the play of the day came in the doubles match," said Officer. "The score was tied at five when Chris hit an amazing lob that somehow missed the ceiling before falling in on the other side of the net. After a couple more volleys we were able to win the point, and then Chris and Blake won the next point to close out the match."
The Patriots picked up their first point of the day when Keaton completed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Tyler Burnett (Fr., Fayetteville, Ga.) at No. 4 singles. Daniel followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Wiggins at No. 5 singles, then McDonald posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Davis at No. 2 singles. A 6-1, 6-2 victory by Mark over Jorge Osuna at the No. 3 flight gave the Mids four team points and assured Navy of the overall win.
The remaining matches saw Gutsche rally for a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) victory over Sargent at No. 6 singles and Dyke record a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win over Rebersak at No. 1 singles.
"We played okay overall today," said Officer. "We competed hard, but we need to get better.
"I like what I see in this team. We have some work to do in doubles. We are having a few guys have phenomenal years, so in spots we are getting the job done."
Navy will play a pair of matches at the Tose Family Tennis Center on March 3 against Delaware and Coppin State.
Navy (8-4) def. George Mason (5-1), 5-2
Doubles -- Navy wins the doubles point (2-1-3)
1. Mark, Calvin / McDonald, Peter (NAVY) def. Davis, Jimmy / Dyke, Jordan (GMU) 8-2
2. Keaton, Scott / Wiggins, Joseph (GMU) def. Gutsche, Nicholas / Rebersak, Marcus (NAVY) 8-3
3. Daniel, Blake / Kenney, Chris (NAVY) def. Borden, Chris / Sargent, Taylor (GMU) 9-8 (7-5)
1. Dyke, Jordan (GMU) def. Rebersak, Marcus (NAVY) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
2. McDonald, Peter (NAVY) def. Davis, Jimmy (GMU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Osuna, Jorge (GMU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Keaton, Scott (GMU) def. Burnett, Tyler (NAVY) 6-2, 6-1
5. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) def. Wiggins, Joseph (GMU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) def. Sargent, Taylor (GMU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)