ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team opened fall season and the Navy Blue Invitational by winning five of the nine matches it played against Delaware Friday at the USNA Tennis Courts.
"I thought we were a little rusty today," said Navy head coach John Officer. "It took us some time to shake that rust off."
After Navy's No. 2 doubles team of Alex Gaines (Fr., Wilmington, N.C.) and Austin Jones (Fr., Dallas, Texas) dropped an 8-2 decision to Jason Derene and Nolan Gelman, Navy's No. 3 tandem of Blake Daniel (So., Overland Park, Kan.) and Nicholas Gutsche (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.) picked up an 8-6 win over Evan Andrews and Ryan Kent. The match at the No. 1 flight between Navy's Calvin Mark (So., Union City, Calif.) and Peter McDonald (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Delaware's Troy Beneck and Adam Lawton went right down to the wire. The Blue Hens would eventually prevail in the match by winning a 10-8 tiebreaker.
Navy players would go on to tally wins in four of the six singles matches. Mark posted a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) win over Beneck at No. 1 singles, Daniel won a 6-2, 0-6, 1-0 (10-7) decision at No. 4 singles over Derene, Gutsche posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Andrews at No. 5 singles and Gaines was leading Kent, 6-2, 2-1, when Kent retired due to an injury.
The Mids also had a chance to pick up the win at No. 2 singles, but Lawton outlasted Jones, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6). In the remaining match, Gelman tallied a 6-2, 6-1 victory over McDonald at No. 3 singles.
"We will only get better as things go on," said Officer. "Just playing matches is important right now. We will get ourselves going."
Navy will face St. Bonaventure Saturday at 9 a.m. with Delaware taking on Temple at 2 p.m. Weather permitting, the matches will be played outdoors at the USNA Tennis Courts.
Navy vs. Delaware
1 - Troy Beneck / Adam Lawton (Del) def. Calvin Mark / Peter McDonald (Navy), 9-8 (10-8)
2 - Jason Derene / Nolan Gelman (Del) def. Alex Gaines / Austin Jones (Navy), 8-2
3 - Blake Daniel / Nicholas Gutsche (Navy) def. Evan Andrews / Ryan Kent (Del), 8-6
1 - Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Troy Beneck (Del), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
2 - Adam Lawton (Del) def. Austin Jones (Navy), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6)
3 - Nolan Gelman (Del) def. Peter McDonald (Navy), 6-2, 6-1
4 - Blake Daniel (Navy) def. Jason Derene (Del), 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (10-7)
5 - Nicholas Gutsche (Navy) def. Evan Andrews (Del), 6-4, 6-2
6 - Alex Gaines (Navy) def. Ryan Kent (Del), 6-4, 2-1 (ret.)
St. Bonaventure vs. Temple
1 - Luis Guevara / Oscar Yanez (SB) def. Nicolas Paulas / Kacper Rams (T), 8-5
2 - Hicham Belkssir / Kristian Marquart (T) def. Gabriel Cardenas / Elliot Fanshell (SB), 8-6
1 - Kacper Rams (T) def. Elliot Fanshell (SB), 6-1, 7-5
2 - Oscar Yanez (SB) def. Kristian Marquart (T), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
3 - Luis Guevara (SB) def. Nicolas Paulas (T), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
4 - Javier Ortiz (SB) def. Hicham Belkssir (T), 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
5 - Hernan Vasconez (T) def. Gabriel Cardenas (SB), 6-3, 6-2