April 25, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- It took nearly three hours, but in the end the No. 3 Navy men's tennis team came away with a 4-0 victory over No. 6 Bucknell Friday evening in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament at Malek Courts in West Point, N.Y.
"This was a match where looking at the final score completely misleads someone as to how close it really was," said Navy associate head coach John Moreland, whose Mids beat the Bison, 5-2, earlier this season. "It was another typical Navy-Bucknell match where both teams just battled one another for every point. We feel very good about being able to come away with the win, let alone win by the score of 4-0."
Each of the three doubles matches were close contests. The first flight to finish was the No. 3 match where Navy's Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook Texas) and Alex Gaines (So., Wilmington, N.C.) won in a tiebreaker, 7-3, over Octavio Canibe and Chris Tortora. The Mids secured the doubles point as their No. 2 tandem of Calvin Mark (Jr., Union City, Calif.) and Blake Daniel (Jr., Overland Park, Kan.) combined for an 8-5 victory against Bryan Adams and Scott Bernstein.
The remaining match (No. 1 flight) featuring Navy's Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) and Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) taking on Nick Bybel and Aidan Lynch was tied at 6-6 when play was stopped due to the Mids earning the doubles point.
"Those were three tight doubles matches," said Moreland. "Krishna and Alex came away with a good win, and Calvin and Blake continued their strong play as a team (12th win in a row). It was great to put that first point on the scoreboard."
Navy would win the first set in five of the six singles matches to gain early advantages across the courts before winning three matches in straight sets to come away with the win.
Daniel gave the Mids their second point of the day when he posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Kyle Rosen at No. 4 singles. Jones then lost just three games in recording a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Adams at No. 2 singles to give Navy its third team point. Pecor closed out the proceedings with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Canibe at No. 3 singles.
In the other matches that were halted, Navy was up a set in one, was trailing late in the third set of another and was tied at one set apiece in the remaining contest.
Mark won the first set of his match at No. 1 singles against Bybel by the score of 6-2, but lost the second set by the count of 6-1 and trailed, 4-1, in the third set when it was stopped. Jana lost the first set of his No. 5 singles match against John DeFrancesch, 6-2, but won the second set in a tiebreaker (7-3) to force a third set. The duo didn't complete a game in the third set. The remaining match saw Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.) win the first set of his No. 6 singles match against Tortora in a tiebreaker (8-6), with Tortora holding an early 2-1 lead in the second set when it too was stopped.
"We had a great start in singles," said Moreland. "We won five first sets, four of them by comfortable margins. We then were able to come away with three second-set wins to end the match. Blake ran out to an early lead and win, as did Austin. And that was a great win for Thomas. He had lost to Canibe in straight sets the first time they played this season.
"The other three matches were getting a little dicey for us when play was stopped. Bybel is such a good player, he bounced really well after Calvin won the first set. Tyler did a great job of winning his tiebreaker, as did Krishna to force a third set. Had we played these three matches out as we do in the regular season, the score was looking as if it could end up being anywhere from 4-3 to 6-1."
Navy advances on to the semifinal round of the tournament where the Mids will face No. 2 seed Boston University Saturday at 2 p.m. The Terriers, who did not face the Mids this season, moved on to the semifinal with a 4-0 victory over No. 7 Loyola. Tomorrow's first semifinal match of the day features top-seeded Army taking on No. 4 Lehigh.
"We don't know much about Boston since we haven't played them," said Moreland. "We do know they lost 5-2 to Army just last week, so we will need to be ready to go at the start of tomorrow's match just as we were today."
No. 3 Navy def. No. 6 Bucknell, 4-0
Doubles -- Navy wins the doubles point (3-2)
1. Austin Jones / Thomas Pecor (N) vs. Nick Bybel / Aidan Lynch (B) 6-6 (DNF)
2. Calvin Mark / Blake Daniel (N) def. Bryan Adams / Scott Bernstein (B) 8-5
3. Krishna Jana / Alex Gaines (N) def. Octavio Canibe / Chris Tortora (B) 8-7 (3)
1. Nick Bybel (B) led Calvin Mark (N) 2-6, 6-1, 4-1 (DNF)
2. Austin Jones (N) def. Bryan Adams (B) 6-2, 6-1
3. Thomas Pecor (N) def. Octavio Canibe (B) 6-3, 6-2
4. Blake Daniel (N) def. Kyle Rosen (B) 6-0, 6-3
5. Krishna Jana (N) vs. John DeFrancesch (B) 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 0-0 (DNF)
6. Tyler Tossavainen (N) led Chris Tortora (B) 7-6 (8-6), 1-2 (DNF)