Saturday Tripleheader Awaits Men’s Tennis Team
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The 10-match homestand for the Navy men’s tennis team (10-3) continues this weekend when it plays host to Mount St. Mary’s (0-2) and Temple (3-2) Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center. The Mids will face the Mountaineers at 10:30 a.m., the Owls at 1:30 p.m. and Mount St. Mary’s again at 5 p.m.
“Saturday will be a great day of competition for the team,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “Mount St. Mary’s, which will be looking forward to the match after having success against a number of our players in our fall tournament, will be a challenging match. We also will face Temple, which has a terrific team. I know our team will be prepared since they are looking forward to the opportunity to compete against two strong opponents.”
Romesh Kahatapitiya (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) posted a 3-0 singles record for the Mids on the weekend. He first tallied a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles against Saint Joseph’s, then rallied to a pair of wins after dropping the first set of his No. 6 singles matches against Bryant (0-6, 6-4, 6-1) and Richmond (1-6, 6-4, 6-2).
Also putting together a strong singles record was Gabriel Pilones (So., Bradenton, Fla.), who posted a 2-1 mark. After starting the weekend with a straight-set loss to NJIT at the No. 5 flight, he bounced back the next day with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles against Bryant. Pilones capped the two days with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles against Richmond.
Navy’s most successful doubles team over the four matches was the tandem of Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.) and Aries Wong (Sr., Bethesda, Md.). The duo won each of their three No. 1 doubles matches against NJIT (7-5), Bryant (6-2) and Richmond (6-2).
Mount St. Mary’s ended the 2017 season with a 6-14 overall record and a 1-4 mark against Northeast Conference opponents. The Mountaineers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Mids last season. Thus far this season Mount St. Mary’s has lost matches to George Mason (5-3) and Bryant (5-2).
Temple compiled a 17-10 record during the 2017 season, which included a 1-4 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Owls recorded a 5-2 victory over the Mids in last year’s meeting of the teams. Temple’s 2018 season to date include losses to Virginia (4-3) and Penn State (7-0) and a win over Villanova (4-0).