Sept. 11, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's tennis team closed out play in the Navy Blue Invitational by winning six of the nine matches it played against Temple Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Naval Academy Tennis Courts.
"I thought we played very well today," said Navy head coach John Officer. "It was our best match of the three-day tournament."
The doubles portion of the matches saw Navy's No. 2 team of Calvin Mark (Fr., Union City, Calif.) and Peter McDonald (Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) post an 8-1 win over Mansur Gishkaev and Taylor Hairston. Navy's No. 3 tandem of Blake Daniel (Fr., Overland Park, Kan.) and Nicholas Gutsche (Jr., Sarasota, Fla.) put on an even better performance as it did not lose a game in defeating Stanislav Stekolshikov and Li Tang. Temple's No. 1 team of Filip Rams and Kacper Rams would finish out the doubles matches by recording an 8-3 win over Marcis Rebersak (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Anderson Walls (Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.).
"Our two doubles teams that won really played out of their minds," said Officer. "They were in the zone. We then we able to carry that over into singles."
Winning in straight sets in singles for Navy were Mark, a 6-1, 6-1, winner over Stekolshikov at No. 3; Tyler Burnett (Fr., Fayetteville, Ga.), who won a 6-3, 6-4, decision against Gishkaev at No. 4; and Gutsche, who posted a 6-2, 6-4, win over Tang at No. 6. Navy's remaining victory was recorded by McDonald, who won a 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5), match over Kacper Rams at No. 2 singles.
Daniel also had several opportunities to pick up another win for the Mids. He won the first set of his No. 5 singles match against Hairston by the score of 7-5 before dropping the second set by an identical score. A 10-point tiebreaker was used in lieu of playing a complete third set, which Hairston would eventually prevail in by the count of 13-11.
Temple's additional victory on the day was tallied by Filip Rams, who defeated Rebersak at No. 1 singles by the score of 6-0, 7-5.
"Calvin and Nick were really on fire out there," said Officer. "We struggled against Temple in this tournament a year ago and they have pretty much the same team back, so today showed a lot of improvement on our part.
"We are a young, fired up team and sometimes today we let that fire get the better of us. We have to learn to keep that in check more so it does not hurt us. We can't lose our composure as we did at times today."
Sunday's results gave Navy a three-day record of 17-15 at the invite. That includes Navy's four freshmen tallying identical 2-1 records in singles over the course of the weekend.
"It was a good first weekend of competition for us," said Officer. "We faced a very good Binghamton team (Navy was 2-11 against the Bearcats), but we won the majority of our matches against St. Bonaventure and Temple. Overall, it was a good weekend."
Navy will resume its fall season October 7-9 when the Mids play host to UMBC, Georgetown and George Washington as part of the Navy Gold Invitational.
Navy vs. Temple
1 - Filip Rams / Kacper Rams (Temple) def. Marcus Rebersak / Anderson Walls, 8-3
2 - Calvin Mark / Peter McDonald (Navy) def. Mansur Gishkaev / Taylor Hairston, 8-1
3 - Blake Daniel / Nicholas Gutsche (Navy) def. Stanislav Stekolshikov / Li Tang, 8-0
1 - Filip Rams (Temple) def. Marcus Rebersak, 6-0, 7-5
2 - Peter McDonald (Navy) def. Kacper Rams, 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5)
3 - Calvin Mark (Navy) def. Stanislav Stekolshikov, 6-1, 6-1
4 - Tyler Burnett (Navy) def. Mansur Gishkaev, 6-3, 6-4
5 - Taylor Hairston (Temple) def. Blake Daniel, 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (13-11)
6 - Nicholas Gutsche (Navy) def. Li Tang, 6-2, 6-4
Binghamton vs. St. Bonaventure
1 - Ismael Dinia / Alex Haggai (Bing) def. Elliot Fanshell / Luis Guevara, 8-3
2 - Bastian Bornkessel / Jonathan Hefetz (Bing) def. Miguel Suarez / Oscar Yanez, 8-5
3 - Ruben Devos / Rafael Rodrigues (Bing) def. Trevor Haskell / Javier Ortiz, 8-1
1 - Alex Haggai (Bing) def. Elliot Fanshell, 7-5, 6-2
2 - Ruben Devos (Bing) def. Oscar Yanez, 6-2, 6-1
3 - Jonathan Hefetz (Bing) def. Luis Guevara, 6-2, 6-1
4 - Bastian Bornkessel (Bing) def. Miguel Suarez, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
5 - Javier Ortiz (SB) def. Ruben Haggai, 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
6 - Ismael Dinia (Bing) def. Trevor Haskell, 6-1, 6-0
7 - Rafael Rodrigues (Bing) def. Mihai Ene, 6-0, 6-1
1 - Ismael Dinia / Alex Haggai, Binghamton
2 - Bastian Bornkessel / Jonathan Hefetz, Binghamton
3 - Ruben Devos / Rafael Rodrigues, Binghamton
4 - Heyward Drayton / Chris Kenney, Navy
1 - Alex Haggai, Binghamton
2 - Ruben Devos, Binghamton
3 - Jonathan Hefetz, Binghamton
4 - Bastian Bornkessel, Binghamton
5 - Taylor Hairston, Temple
6 - Ismael Dinia, Binghamton
7 - Rafael Rodrigues, Binghamton
8 - Florian van Kann, Temple