Men’s Tennis Opens Season with Three Matches at Home
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s tennis team will open its 2018 season by playing host to a trio of opponents this weekend in the Tose Family Tennis Center. The Mids will face Saint Francis U. Saturday at 6 p.m., St. Bonaventure Sunday at 9 a.m. and Saint Peter’s Sunday at 1 p.m. on the opening weekend of dual match play across the country for the sport.
Navy returns nine letterwinners from last year’s team that posted an overall record of 22-8 and reached the finals of the Patriot League Tournament. Included among the returners from a year ago is Aries Wong (Sr., Bethesda, Md.), who earned first-team all-league accolades last season.
Leading the Mids in singles wins during the 2017 fall slate were Matthew Lee (So., San Diego, Calif.) with a 12-4 record and Walker Sims (Sr., Memphis, Tenn.) with an 11-2 record. Also reaching double digit wins were Peter Lohrbach (Fr., Little Neck, N.Y.) and Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.), both of whom ended the autumn with 10-4 records.
Saint Francis U. tallied a 15-5 record during the 2017 season and posted a 4-0 record against fellow Northeast Conference foes. The Red Flash reached the finals of last year’s NEC Tournament.
Navy and Saint Francis have played close matches against one another in each of the last two seasons. The Red Flash came away with a 4-3 victory in 2016 and the Mids won a 4-3 decision in the 2017 meeting of the teams.
St. Bonaventure opens its spring season Friday at Loyola. The Bonnies posted an overall record of 8-15 in 2017 and had a 2-5 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference matches a year ago.
Navy defeated St. Bonaventure 6-1 in last year’s match between the squads.
Saint Peter’s ended the 2017 season with a 0-7 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and a 1-21 record for the entire campaign.
Sunday’s match will be the inaugural meeting between the Mids and the Peacocks.