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Challenging Weekend Ahead of Men’s Tennis

Zach Jennings
Zach Jennings
Feb. 2, 2018

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.

The Last Meeting
Saint Joseph's1
January 28, 2017
Annapolis, Md. (TFTC)
Men’s Tennis Downs Howard and Saint Joseph’s on Saturday
The Navy men’s tennis team (4-0) took down both Howard (0-5) and Saint Joseph’s (0-1), 6-1, on Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center. The Mids were almost flawless in the singles matches, going 11-1, while winning four of the six doubles matches.

The Last Meeting
February 25, 2017
Annapolis, Md. (USNA)
Men’s Tennis Splits Saturday Doubleheader
The Navy men’s tennis team split a doubleheader on Saturday, losing a 4-0 decision to Richmond on the USNA Tennis Courts and posting a 5-2 victory over Morgan State at the Tose Family Tennis Center.

The Last Meeting
Bryant University5
February 19, 2017
Smithfield, R.I.
Men’s Tennis Drops Pair of Road Matches
The Navy men’s tennis team closed out a busy road trip with 5-2 losses to Boston U. Saturday evening in Boston, Mass., and Bryant Sunday morning in Providence, R.I.

“A great weekend of tennis is lined up for the team,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “With four strong opponents scheduled, every player on the team will need to be ready to compete at a high level.”

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.



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