Feb. 15, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team will face nationally-ranked opponent for the second-consecutive match when the Mids play at No. 67 Old Dominion Sunday in an 11 a.m. match at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion, which is ranked 67th in the latest ITA National Ranking, has posted a 5-3 record on the season heading into a Saturday match against Radford. Included among its wins was a 4-3 victory over a Harvard team that was ranked 27th nationally at the time of the match.
Individually for the Monarchs, Carlos Lopez Villa is ranked 112th in singles nationally, while the doubles duo of Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel is ranked 30th and the tandem of Wesley Barrett and Tim Schweig is ranked 58th. Lopez Villa also is ranked 18th in the ITA's Atlantic Region in singles, with the teams of Lopez Villa-Cetinal ranked fifth and Barrett-Schwig ranked sixth in the region in doubles.
The Monarchs have defeated the Mids in each of the last two seasons and hold a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series between the teams that dates back to the 1982 spring season. Old Dominion first recorded a 7-0 win over Navy during the 2011 season before the Monarchs won a 4-3 decision against the Mids last year.
"Old Dominion is the second-strongest team on our schedule this season," said Navy head coach John Officer. "The key to the match will be for us to match them with our groundstrokes. We will need to play at the top of our game to have a chance to win."
Navy enters the weekend following a 4-0 loss to No. 23 North Carolina that dropped its record to 5-3 on the season.