April 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- UMBC won the doubles point and four straight set singles matches to help the Retrievers record a 6-1 victory over the Navy men's tennis team Saturday afternoon at the USNA Tennis Courts in Annapolis. The match served as the regular season finale for the Midshipmen.
"This wasn't one of our better performances," said Navy head coach John Officer. "I think we may have been a little flat after beating Army last weekend. We need to get ourselves recharged and ready for the Patriot League Tournament."
UMBC (9-9) tallied wins in the first two doubles matches to be completed to secure the doubles point against Navy (16-8). Juan Aranzazu and Daniel Gray combined for an 8-2 win over Tyler Burnett (Fr., Fayetteville, Ga.) and Marcus Rebersak (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) at No. 2 doubles, then Joe Adewumi and Kamal Patel recorded an 8-4 win over the Navy tandem of Blake Daniel (Fr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Nicholas Gutsche (Jr., Sarasota, Fla.) at No. 3 doubles.
The remaining match saw Navy's No. 1 team of Calvin Mark (Fr., Union City, Calif.) and Peter McDonald (Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) win an 8-6 decision over Patrick Amorim and Cristian Hodel.
Navy's No. 1 singles player all season long, Rebersak, did not play in singles today due to a lingering injury. That meant all of the players in Navy's lineup moved up one flight.
Though Navy would win just one of the six singles matches -- Burnett posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Gray at No. 5 singles -- several of the other matches were close ones. Adewumi outlasted McDonald, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) at No. 2 singles and Hodel won a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) decision against Mark at No. 1 singles.
The other matches saw Aranzazu defeat Daniel, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 3 singles, Gaulthier Berret tally a 6-4, 6-1 win over Gutsche at No. 5 singles and Patel defeat Alex Sisk (Fr., Clarksville, Ind.) by the score of 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
"UMBC was just too good today," said Officer. "Being without Marcus hurt us, but there are no excuses. UMBC has a good lineup filled with talent at all of the spots. I thought Tyler played very well. He did a nice job. His winning in straight sets will help us next weekend."
Navy will now turn its full attention to the Patriot League Tournament that the Mids will play host to next weekend in Annapolis. The quarterfinal round matches will be played on Friday, April 27 followed by the semifinal matches on Saturday the 28th and the championship match on Sunday the 29th. Pairings for the tournament will be announced early in the week, but Navy is assured of garnering the No. 1 seed and a quarterfinal round bye.
"Compared to this loss, we need to come out with much more fire and much more energy next weekend," said Officer. "We just did not come out today with the fire and energy that we need to have."
UMBC (9-9) def. Navy (16-8), 6-1
Doubles -- UMBC wins the doubles point (2-3-1)
1. Mark, Calvin / McDonald, Peter (NAVY) def. Amorim, Patrick / Hodel, Cristian (UMBC) 8-6
2. Aranzazu, Juan / Gray, Daniel (UMBC) def. Burnett, Tyler / Rebersak, Marcus (NAVY) 8-2
3. Adewumi, Joe / Patel, Kamal (UMBC) def. Daniel, Blake / Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) 8-4
1. Hodel, Cristian (UMBC) def. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Adewumi, Joe (UMBC) def. McDonald, Peter (NAVY) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Aranzazu, Juan (UMBC) def. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) 6-4, 6-2
4. Berret, Gaulthier (UMBC) def. Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) 6-4, 6-1
5. Burnett, Tyler (NAVY) def. Gray, Daniel (UMBC) 6-3, 6-2
6. Patel, Kamal (UMBC) def. Sisk, Alex (NAVY) 6-2, 6-2