Jan. 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team will be in action at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis for the second week in a row when the Midshipmen play host to a pair of matches on Saturday. Navy will face St. Joseph's at Noon followed by St. Francis (N.Y.) at 5 p.m.
There is no admission charge to attend a Navy tennis match.
"St. Joseph's is a formidable opponent," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We won a close match against them a year ago. They are a much improved team that plays good, solid doubles and singles. We need to be up to the challenge. We then will get everyone on the court during our match against St. Francis."
Navy opened its season last weekend by splitting a pair of matches. The Mids first won a 7-0 decision at home over Saint Francis (Pa.), then lost to William & Mary by the score of 5-2 Sunday in Williamsburg, Va.
Calvin Mark (So., Union City, Calif.) and Austin Jones (Fr., Dallas, Texas) both posted 2-0 records in singles play on the weekend, with neither Mid dropping a set over the course of the two days. Mark also teamed with Peter McDonald (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles against the Red Flash.
St. Joseph's, which will be opening its spring season when it faces Navy Saturday, compiled a 10-15 record during the 2012 season. The Mids posted a 5-2 win over the Hawks last year in Annapolis. Navy began the day by winning the doubles point by picking up wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 flights. Afterward, three of the six singles matches were extended into three sets, with the Hawks recording both of their points on the day by winning three-set decisions.
Returning for St. Joseph's this year are Alex Veronis and Dan Barrus, who won those two matches at No. 1 and No. 4 singles respectively. Meanwhile, Navy returns each of the four Mids who won a singles match against St. Joseph's last season. This quartet includes McDonald, who won at No. 2 singles, Mark, the winner at No. 3, Tyler Burnett (So., Fayetteville, Ga.), who won at No. 5 singles and Blake Daniel (So., Overland Park, Kan.), who picked up the victory at No. 6 singles.
St. Francis compiled a 6-14 record last season. Included among its losses was a 7-0 defeat to Navy. The Mids dropped just six games in winning the three doubles matches, then won each of the six singles matches in straight sets.
The Terriers will open their 2013 spring season Friday with a match at Temple.