Men’s Tennis Caps Productive Weekend with 7-0 League Win
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s tennis team won its second Patriot League match of the weekend and third in a row Sunday when the Mids (20-10, 3-1) posted a 7-0 victory over Colgate (13-5, 3-1) at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis. Today’s win came one day after the Mids defeated Lehigh by the score of 6-1.
“We had a tough match against Boston a couple of weeks ago (a 4-3 loss by the Mids),” said Navy team captain Aries Wong (Sr., Bethesda, Md.). “We have bounced back to win our last three league matches. We came out motivated today, we came out hot. We knew these guys were tough. We knew what we were up against and had to bring the energy and the fire, and we did.”
The Mids lost only two games in winning the three doubles matches from the Raiders. Navy’s No. 1 tandem of Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.) and Wong didn’t drop a game in winning its match. The Mids also saw their No. 2 team of Greg Durham (So., Melbourne Beach, Fla.) and Gabriel Pilones (So., Bradenton, Fla.) and No. 3 pairing of Peter Lohrbach (Fr., Little Neck, N.Y.) and Andrey Majkic (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) each win by the score of 6-1.
“It was a good outing for the team today,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “After winning the doubles point, the team did well in the beginning of the singles matches by being focused and playing solid tennis.”
Navy proceeded to win the first set in each of the six singles flights to take control of the match. Walker Sims (Sr., Memphis, Tenn.) placed Navy’s second point of the day on the board when he won a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 4, then Durham posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 to increase the advantage out to 3-0. Recording the fourth and match clinching team point of the day was Pilones with his 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 5.
Wong finished his No. 2 singles match next, a 6-1, 6-4 win, with Ton soon following with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 1. The final match of the day saw Lohrbach outlast Jack Ablon, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9) at the No. 6 flight.
“In singles,” said Garner, “the guys were able to keep the momentum they built after winning the first sets to take the match.
“It was a successful weekend for the team with it defeating two strong league opponents. If we are to stay competitive, we will need to get out and have a productive week of practice again.”
Navy will split its squad in half to play a pair of league foes Saturday. The Mids will be in action at Holy Cross (9 a.m.) and at home against Bucknell (11 a.m.).
Navy (20-10, 3-1) def. Colgate (13-5, 3-1), 7-0
Doubles – Navy wins the doubles point (2,1,3)
1. Ton, Andrew / Wong, Aries (NAVY) def. Bickel, Scott / Daugherty, Jacob (COLG) 6-0
2. Durham, Greg / Pilones, Gabriel (NAVY) def. Krantz, Tyler / Rosenblat, Noah (COLG) 6-1
3. Lohrbach, Peter / Majkic, Andrey (NAVY) def. Ablon, Jack / Dardis, Alec (COLG) 6-1
1. Ton, Andrew (NAVY) def. Daugherty, Jacob (COLG) 6-4, 6-4
2. Wong, Aries (NAVY) def. Bickel, Scott (COLG) 6-1, 6-4
3. Durham, Greg (NAVY) def. Rosenblat, Noah (COLG) 6-2, 6-0
4. Sims, Walker (NAVY) def. Dardis, Alec (COLG) 6-1, 6-1
5. Pilones, Gabriel (NAVY) def. Hartman, Peter (COLG) 6-1, 6-3
6. Lohrbach, Peter (NAVY) def. Ablon, Jack (COLG) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)