Challenging Weekend Ahead of Men’s Tennis
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s tennis team will continue its season this weekend with a pair of road matches Saturday and two at home on Sunday. The Mids (8-1) will play at NJIT (0-0) Saturday at 10 a.m. and at Saint Joseph’s (0-0) later in the day at 6 p.m. before returning home for Sunday matches in the Tose Family Tennis Center against Bryant (2-6) at 9 a.m. and Richmond (1-2) at 1 p.m.
Navy enters the third week of the season after posting a 5-1 record last week. The Mids split road matches at East Carolina (a 6-1 loss) and Winthrop (a 5-2 win) and tallied 7-0 home victories over La Salle, the University of the Sciences, Howard and St. Francis Brooklyn.
Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.) won three of his four matches last week for the Mids. He won at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles –– alongside Aries Wong (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) –– against ECU and split his two matches at the flights –– winning in singles –– against Winthrop.
Zach Jennings (So., Snellville, Ga.) also had a successful weekend as he posted a 7-0 record in Navy’s four home wins. He won each of his three matches at No. 1 singles and teamed with Gabriel Pilones (So., Bradenton, Fla.) for a 4-0 record at No. 1 doubles.
The inaugural meeting between Navy and NJIT will take place at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreation Center on the school’s Newark, N.J., campus. The Highlanders posted an overall record of 7-14 a year ago and totaled a 1-5 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. NJIT will be opening its season when it plays Navy.
Navy then will face Saint Joseph’s at the Springton Indoor Tennis Club in Media, Pa. The Hawks ended the 2017 season with a 14-11 record, a mark that included a 4-5 record against Atlantic 10 Conference foes. Navy defeated Saint Joseph’s by the score of 6-1 in last year’s meeting between the teams. Like NJIT, Saturday’s match for the Hawks against the Mids will be their first of the 2018 calendar year.
The second day of Navy’s weekend starts with its match against Bryant. The Bulldogs won the 2017 Northeast Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Bryant concluded last season with an overall record of 12-14 and posted a 5-2 regular season record in NEC play. The Bulldogs notched a 5-2 victory over the Mids last season in what was the first contest between the teams.
Bryant enters a Saturday match against Richmond –– to be played at Navy –– with a 2-6 record this season. That mark includes losses to nationally-ranked California (No. 19), Oklahoma (No. 18) and Oklahoma State (No. 15).
Navy will conclude its two-day, four-match slate when it plays host to Richmond. The Spiders compiled a 25-4 record in 2017 and advanced to the championship match of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament after posting a 4-0 record against conference competition. One of Richmond’s wins a year ago was a 4-0 victory over Navy.
The Spiders travel to Annapolis with a 1-2 record thus far in 2018. One of the team’s two defeats was a 4-3 loss to No. 12 Virginia.