Oct. 6, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team won one doubles match and one singles match against UMBC in Saturday's action of the Navy Gold Invitational.
"It was a tough return to action today. This was our first matches in just under a month and you have to give UMBC credit. They battled hard and didn't give us the chance to get any momentum. It`s always a battle when we face them and today was no different," said Navy assistant coach John Moreland. "The matches were close with five tie-break sets and our senior captain Nicholas Gutsche did well to win a very close third set tiebreaker to win his match.
"We have to rebound and get ready for tomorrow's matches against a tough George Mason squad," added Moreland. "We will need to execute better if we are to reverse the outcome in tomorrow's matches."
The Midshipmen's lone win in doubles play came from Nicholas Gutsche and Blake Daniel with an 8-4 decision over the Retrievers' Kamel Patel and Patrick Geoffrion-Amorim.
Navy's Calvin Mark and Matt Richmond dropped an 8-1 decision to Justin Carter and Gaulthier Berret while Alex Gaines and Austin Jones fell 8-4 to Daniel Gray and Juan Manuel Aranzazu.
The Mids' lone singles win came from Nicholas Gutsche in a 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) win over Alexandre Drean. Mark lost his match in three sets to Justin Carter, while Navy's four other setbacks came in straight sets.
Navy will face George Mason on Sunday at 9:00 AM at the US Naval Academy tennis courts.
Carter / Baerret (UMBC) d. Mark / Richmond (Navy), 8-1
Gray / Manuel Aranzazu (UMBC) d. Gaines / Jones (Navy), 8-4
Daniel / Gutsche (Navy) d. Geoffrion-Amorim / Patel (UMBC), 8-4
Justin Carter (UMBC) d. Calvin Mark (Navy), 4-6, 7-6 (1), 1-0 (10-5)
Gaulthier Berret (UMBC) d. Austin Jones (Navy), 6-3, 7-5
Juan Manuel Aranzazu (UMBC) d. Blake Daniel (Navy), 7-6 (1), 6-1
Nicholas Gutsche (Navy) d. Alexdandre Drean (UMBC), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)
Kamel Patel (UMBC) d. Alex Gaines (Navy), 7-6 (3), 6-1
Daniel Gray (UMBC) d. Matt Richmond (Navy), 7-5, 6-1
# GO NAVY #