April 5, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Temple rallied after dropping the doubles point to edge the Navy men's tennis team, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the USNA Tennis Courts in Annapolis.
"It was a tough match, but was another that prepares us well for the remainder of the league season and the league tournament," said Navy associate head coach John Moreland. "We battled, but just weren't able to complete what we started. While we are not happy with the loss, being in a match like this can pay dividends down the road if we take the lessons we learned about ourselves today into our future matches."
The Mids (14-8) began the day by sweeping the three doubles matches from the Owls (9-10). Navy's No. 3 team of Alex Gaines (So., Wilmington, N.C.) and Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas) opened play by picking up an 8-5 win over Kristian Marquart and Vineet Nareen, then a win by its No. 2 team of Blake Daniel (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Calvin Mark (Jr., Union City, Calif.) over Hicham Belkssir and Nicholas Paulus by an identical score gave the Mids the available point.
"We were down a break in each of the doubles matches and had to battle our way back," said Moreland. "All three teams did a good job of coming from behind to earn the point."
The Mids took a 2-0 lead when Jana posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Santiago Canete at No. 5 singles, but the Owls sliced that margin in half as Hernan Vasconez defeated Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.), 6-4, 7-5, at No. 6 singles. Mark gave that point right back to Navy when he completed a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Belkssir at No. 1 singles, but that would be the last point earned by the Mids on the day.
Temple pulled to within one point of Navy at 3-2 when Filip Stipcic defeated Daniel, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, at No. 4 singles, then it tied the match at 3-3 when Paulus posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over Austin Jones
(So., Dallas, Texas) at the No. 2 flight.
Marquart completed the rally for the Owls when he recorded a 6-4, 7-5 win over Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) at No. 3 singles.
"Calvin played really, really well in singles," said Moreland. "He was down a break in the first, then did a good job of coming back after losing the second set to win in three sets. By far, today was Krishna's best match of the season. It was a really good straight-set win for him."
Navy will be right back on the courts Sunday when the Mids play host to Lafayette at 10 a.m.
"No matter the result of what today's match was, our match Sunday was always the key one of the weekend," said Moreland. "It is a big match against a league opponent. We still have the opportunity to achieve many of the goals we set for ourselves at the start of the year, one of which is to win the league, and Sunday provides us another opportunity to work toward that. But to do that, we will have to be ready to play in doubles and carry that over into singles."
Temple (9-10) def. Navy (14-8), 4-3
Doubles -- Navy wins the doubles point (3-2-1)
1. Jones, Austin / Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) def. Stipcic, Filip / Vasconez, Hernan (TEMPLE) 8-6
2. Daniel, Blake / Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Belkssir, Hicham / Paulus, Nicholas (TEMPLE) 8-5
3. Gaines, Alex / Jana, Krishna (NAVY) def. Marquart, Kristian / Naran, Vineet (TEMPLE) 8-5
1. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Belkssir, Hicham (TEMPLE) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
2. Paulus, Nicholas (TEMPLE) def. Jones, Austin (NAVY) 6-4, 6-2
3. Marquart, Kristian (TEMPLE) def. Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) 6-4, 7-5
4. Stipcic, Filip (TEMPLE) def. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
5. Jana, Krishna (NAVY) def. Canete, Santiago (TEMPLE) 6-2, 6-4
6. Vasconez, Hernan (TEMPLE) def. Tossavainen, Tyler (NAVY) 6-4, 7-5