No. 1 Wake Forest Defeats Navy in NCAA Tennis Opener
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Navy men’s tennis team went toe-to-toe with the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Wake Forest, in a 4-0 decision won by the Demon Deacons (26-2) over the Mids (28-11) in a first round NCAA Tournament match played Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Each of Navy’s three doubles teams squared off against a Wake Forest tandem that had earned a national ranking. The No. 3 dual was the first match to finish and that contest saw the nation’s No. 46 duo of Ian Dempster and Christian Seraphim defeat Andrey Majkic (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) and Peter Lohrbach (Fr., Little Neck, N.Y.) by the score of 6-4. Wake’s team of Skander Mansouri and Borna Gojo, the 21st ranked team in the country, then defeated Aries Wong (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) and Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.) at the No. 1 flight by the same score to give the Demon Deacons the doubles point.
The remaining match was halted with Navy’s No. 2 team of Greg Durham (So., Melbourne Beach, Fla.) and Gabriel Pilones (So., Bradenton, Fla.) leading the Wake Forest tandem of Bar Botzer and Petros Chrysochos, 5-4. Botzer and Chrysochos are ranked 35th in the country.
“The doubles matches were very close,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “We had some opportunities but Wake was too strong at the end of the sets. A couple of serves, a couple of points were the difference.”
The Demon Deacons won singles matches at the Nos. 4-5-6 flights to come away with the win. Wake Forest recorded its second team point when Botzer defeated Walker Sims (Sr., Memphis, Tenn.), 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles, scored its third point on a 6-1, 6-0 win by Christian Seraphim over Pilones at the No. 5 flight and closed out the match when Rrezart Cungu defeated Lohrbach, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
Wake Forest also boasts singles players with a national ranking at the top half of its lineup. At No. 1 singles, seventh-ranked Gojo led Ton, 6-3, 4-1; Chrysochos, who is ranked fourth nationally, led Wong, 6-1, 4-3, at No. 2, and 38th-ranked Mansouri held a 7-6 (7-4), 0-1 lead over Durham at No. 3 when play was stopped.
“Wake opened up its lead in singles,” said Garner. “They are very strong at a few spots and jumped out on us. Greg had a very competitive first set. Andrew was right in his match, but as the match went on Wake played like the No. 1 team in the country and put a lot of pressure on us.”
The match closes out the career for seniors Wong, Majkic, Sims and Joshua Martin (Sr., Foley, Ala.).
“It was a great four years having Aries, Andrey, Walker and Josh part of the program,” said Garner, who led the Mids to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, which was his first year as well as the freshman year for the Class of 2018. “They gave a lot to build the culture of the program. We are really going to miss them. I know they have a really great future in the Navy.”
No. 1 Wake Forest (26-2) def. Navy (20-11), 4-0
Doubles – Wake Forest wins the doubles point (3-1)
1. #21 Skander Mansouri / Borna Gojo (WF) def. Wong, Aries / Ton, Andrew (NAVY) 6-4
2. Durham, Greg / Pilones, Gabriel (NAVY) led #35 Bar Botzer / Petros Chrysochos (WF), 5-4, unfinished
3. #46 Ian Dempster / Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Majkic, Andrey / Lohrbach, Peter (NAVY) 6-4
1. #7 Borna Gojo (WF) led Ton, Andrew (NAVY) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
2. #4 Petros Chrysochos (WF) led Wong, Aries (NAVY) 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
3. #38 Skander Mansouri (WF) led Durham, Greg (NAVY) 7-6 (7-4), 0-1, unfinished
4. Bar Botzer (WF) def. Sims, Walker (NAVY) 6-0, 6-0
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Pilones, Gabriel (NAVY) 6-1, 6-0
6. Rrezart Cungu (WF) def. Lohrbach, Peter (NAVY) 6-1, 6-3