Navy Wins Two Flights at Men’s Tennis Fall Finale
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Navy’s Matthew Lee (So., San Diego, Calif.) and Romesh Kahatapitiya (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) won singles flights for the Mids at the season ending Navy Invitational that came to a conclusion Sunday in Annapolis, Md.
“It was a good weekend to close out the fall,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “Matthew and Romesh winning their respective flights was impressive.”
Players from Navy, Morgan State and Saint Joseph’s competed in the three-day meet that featured three singles flights and one doubles bracket.
Lee defeated teammate Aries Wong (Sr., Bethesda, Md.), 6-4, 7-5, in the final of the Blue singles bracket. Lee dropped just one set in his three matches on the weekend.
Kahatapitiya also squared off against a fellow Mid in the final of the Yellow bracket. He would post a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Joshua Martin (Sr., Foley, Ala.) to win the draw.
In the remaining singles flight, Navy’s Zach Jennings (So., Snellville, Ga.) lost a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 decision to Morgan State’s Nihit Rawal in the championship match of the bracket.
The Mids also fell just short of winning the lone doubles draw. Morgan State’s Lucas Krusinski and Sebastian Lopez recorded a 6-3 victory over the Navy tandem of Lee and Gabriel Pilones (So., Bradenton, Fla.) in the final of the bracket.
“Romesh and Josh played some excellent doubles throughout the weekend,” said Garner. “Gabe and Matthew played well to reach the finals of their doubles flight, but their opponents were very deserving winners today.
“The team has a lot to look forward to this spring.”
The tournament served as the last competition of the fall for the Mids. Navy will open its spring season Jan. 20 when it plays host to Saint Francis U. at the Tose Family Tennis Center.