April 6, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Four members of the Navy men's tennis team won a pair of matches to power the Mids to a 6-1 victory over Lafayette Sunday at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis.
"It was a good day today," said Navy associate head coach John Moreland. "It was important to come back and get a good win (Navy had lost its last two matches, including a 4-3 loss Saturday to Temple), especially against a league opponent like Lafayette. It shows the guys that it is okay to lose as long as we are learning. This shows we have learned from those matches, and that we can take things away from matches even when it is a tight, close loss. We have to make sure we are getting better every day; that is the key. It is sometimes hard to see that in the instant it is happening, but I am happy that the guys have taken some things away from these close losses and prepared ourselves to come out and take advantages of new opportunities such as we had today."
Navy (15-8, 2-1 Patriot League) lost a combined 11 games in sweeping the three doubles matches from Lafayette (3-7, 1-4). The first match to finish was the No. 2 match where Blake Daniel (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) teamed with Calvin Mark (Jr., Union City, Calif.) for an 8-3 victory over Jake Lazer and Brian Pinkard. The Mids secured the doubles point with an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles by the duo of Alex Gaines (So., Wilmington, N.C.) and Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas) over Chris Matturri and Gavin Studner. Completing the sweep for Navy was its No. 1 tandem of Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) and Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas), which posted an 8-4 win over Brandon Goldstein and Brian Stefanowicz.
"All three doubles teams won their matches, which was nice," said Moreland. "We are starting to round things into shape in doubles. We have been a little up-and-down in doubles this spring, so it was nice to see all three teams come away with wins."
The Mids then recorded five straight-set singles wins, with none of that quintet of players dropping more than a total of seven games in their respective match. Mark picked up a win at No 1 singles, Jones won at No. 2, Daniel tallied a win at No. 3, Jana recorded a win at No. 4 and Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.) won his match at No. 6.
The lone point earned by the Leopards on the day came at No. 5 singles where Matturri narrowly edged Gaines, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8).
"Blake played really well today," said Moreland. "He was one of the first guys off the court. Austin had another great day as well. He took care of things pretty quickly. It was unfortunate for Alex. He was in a battle, but came up just short in the tiebreaker. Overall, it was a solid performance for us in singles."
Navy will play host to Army Saturday at 1 p.m. in Annapolis.
Navy (15-8 / 2-1) def. Lafayette (3-7 / 1-4), 6-1
Doubles -- Navy wins the doubles point (2-3-1)
1. Jones, Austin / Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) def. Goldstein, Brandon / Stefanowicz, Brian (LAF) 8-4
2. Daniel, Blake / Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Lazer, Jake / Pinkard, Brian (LAF) 8-3
3. Gaines, Alex / Jana, Krishna (NAVY) def. Matturri, Chris / Studner, Gavin (LAF) 8-3
1. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Goldstein, Brandon (LAF) 6-3, 6-4
2. Jones, Austin (NAVY) def. Pinkard, Brian (LAF) 6-0, 6-1
3. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) def. Stefanowicz, Brian (LAF) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jana, Krishna (NAVY) def. Lazer, Jake (LAF) 6-3, 6-3
5. Matturri, Chris (LAF) def. Gaines, Alex (NAVY) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Tossavainen, Tyler (NAVY) def. Studner, Gavin (LAF) 6-0, 4-2, retired