Sept. 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) had a hand in winning a pair of matches for the Navy men's tennis team Sunday afternoon in the final match of the Navy National All-Conference Invitational that was held on the USNA Tennis Courts. The Mids faced Princeton Sunday after having previously played Indiana and the combined team of Arkansas and Penn State during the three-day event.
Pecor's day began by him teaming with Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) for an 8-7 win over Dan Davies and Zack McCourt at No. 1 doubles. The match was decided in a tiebreaker, with the Mids winning the breaker by the score of 7-5.
The Navy tandem would post a 2-1 record this weekend to win the No. 1 doubles flight at the invite.
Pecor then recorded a 7-5, 6-1 victory over McCourt at No. 1 singles. The win was the second in as many days for Pecor at the flight. His two wins tied him with Jones for the best singles record on the team during the weekend. Jones suffered his lone singles loss of the invite today as he dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to No. 2 singles flight champion Thomas Colautti.
"I'm proud of Thomas," said Navy head coach John Officer. "He plays with a tremendous amount of energy, a tremendous amount of confidence. He just took it to his opponent today. He (McCourt) is a good player, but Thomas just overpowered him."
In addition to the Jones and Pecor tandem, Navy also put together strong matches in two of the other doubles flights today. Navy's No. 4 team of Jake Darrah (Fr., Cartersville, Ga.) and Krishna Jana (Fr., Seabrook, Texas) lost in a tiebreaker -- 10-8 in the breaker -- to the duo of Mohamed El Tonbari and Ben Quazzo. Also, Princeton's No. 3 team of Colautti and Alexander Day edged its way past Navy's pairing of Alex Gaines (So., Wilmington, N.C.) and Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.) by the score of 8-5.
"Our doubles were really good today," said Officer. "It was a real battle. We had a match point opportunity at No. 4, we played well and battled at No. 3 and we played well and won again at No. 1. We had good energy in the doubles with real good team spirit."
Princeton ended the 2013 season ranked 51st nationally, Indiana was ranked 56th last spring and Arkansas was ranked as the No. 59 team in the country.
"I kind of threw our guys to the wolves this weekend," said Officer, of the challenging field that was invited to the event. "I wanted to see how they handled the adversity. We give our guys opportunities to play really good players to test themselves and see what we need to do to get better."
Navy will close its fall slate of individual tournaments when the Mids compete in the ITA Atlantic Region Championship Oct. 17-22 in Blacksburg, Va.
Princeton vs. Navy
1 - Austin Jones / Thomas Pecor (Navy) def. Dan Davies / Zack McCourt (Prin), 8-7 (7-5)
2 - Augie Bloom / Jonathan Carcione (Prin) def. Blake Daniel / Calvin Mark (Navy), 8-2
3 - Thomas Colautti / Alexander Day (Prin) def. Alex Gaines / Tyler Tossavainen (Navy), 8-5
4 - Mohamed El Tonbari / Ben Quazzo (Prin) def. Jake Darrah / Krishna Jana (Navy), 8-7 (10-8)
1 - Thomas Pecor (Navy) def. Zack McCourt (Prin), 7-5, 6-1
2 - Thomas Colautti (Prin) def. Austin Jones (Navy), 6-2, 6-3
3 - Jonathan Carcione (Prin) def. Calvin Mark (Navy), 6-2, 6-2
4 - Alexander Day (Prin) def. Blake Daniel (Navy), 6-2, 6-1
5 - Dan Davies (Prin) def. Krishna Jana (Navy), 6-1, 6-0
6 - Augie Bloom (Prin) def. Alex Gaines (Navy), 6-2, 6-4
7 - Florin Radu (Prin) def. Tyler Tossavainen (Navy), 6-1, 6-2
8 - Joshua Yablon (Prin) def. Jake Darrah (Navy), 6-2, 6-0
Arkansas / Penn State vs. Indiana
1 - Daniel Bednarczyk / Chris Essick (IU) def. Christian Lutschaunig / Roman Trkulja (PSU), 8-7 (7-2)
2 - Christian Lee / Juan Marino (Ark) def. Kellen Bates / Michael Sellitto (IU), 8-2
3 - Matt Barry / David Kohan (PSU) def. Alekzander Davila / Stefan Lugonjic (IU), 8-6
4 - Matthew McCoy / George Rivers (IU) def. Johan den Toom / Jacob Herndon (Ark), 8-5
1 - Daniel Bednarczyk (IU) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
2 - Christian Lee (Ark) def. Chris Essick (IU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3 - Matt Barry (PSU) def. Stefan Lugonjic (IU), 7-5, 6-2
4 - Juan Marino (Ark) def. Kellen Bates (IU), 6-4, 6-0
5 - Matthew McCoy (IU) def. David Kohan (PSU), 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
6 - Johan den Toom (Ark) vs. Alekzander Davila (IU) -- Did not play
7 - Nika Dolidze (PSU) def. George Rivers (IU), 6-1, 6-1
8 - Jacob Herndon (Ark) def. Michael Sellitto (IU), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4
1 - Austin Jones / Thomas Pecor, Navy
2 - Augie Bloom / Jonathan Carcione, Princeton
3 - Matt Barry / David Kohan, Penn State
4 - Matt McCoy / George Rivers, Indiana
1 - Roman Trkulja, Penn State
2 - Thomas Colautti, Princeton
3 - Matt Barry, Penn State
4 - Alex Day, Princeton
5 - David Kohan, Penn State
6 - Johan den Toom, Arkansas
7 - Nika Dolidze, Penn State
8 - Josh Yablon, Princeton
9 - Christian Lutschaunig, Penn State