Men’s Tennis Takes to the Road for Trio of Matches
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s tennis team will take to the road this weekend for a trio of matches. The Mids (9-2) will play Saturday at 10 a.m. against MIT (1-0) and later in the day (5 p.m.) against Boston U. (3-5) before playing at Bryant (3-4) Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
Both of Navy’s matches on Saturday will be played at the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble on the MIT campus in Boston, with Sunday’s match being contested at the Bryant Tennis Complex in Smithfield, R.I.
Two of the singles wins by the Mids over the Patriots saw Navy players rally after dropping the first set to win three-set decisions. First, Aries Wong (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) recorded a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles to tie the overall proceedings at 3-3, then Thomas Pecor (Sr., Houston, Texas) posted a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at the No. 1 flight in the final match left on the courts to give Navy the victory.
For his efforts on the day, which included teaming with Joshua Martin (Jr., Foley, Ala.) for a victory in the decisive doubles match against the Patriots, Pecor was tabbed as this week’s Patriot League Player of the Week.
MIT, which is ranked 19th on the NCAA Division III level and reached the third round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, has played just one match this season and that was a 5-2 victory over Boston U.
“We have a very competitive weekend scheduled for the team,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner, “beginning with a talented MIT team. I have seen two of their star players compete. Alex Cauneac has the weapons to overpower any opponent and Albert Go has a great all-around game. It will be a challenge for us at every spot.”
The Mids hold a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Engineers, but Saturday’s match will be the first between the teams since the 1987 season.
Boston U. enters a Friday match against Boston College with a 3-5 record on the year. In addition to the loss to MIT, the Terriers also have dropped a 6-1 decision to Bryant this year.
“We will play an impressive BU team that is led by a very formidable senior class,” said Garner. “Each match will be up for grabs as I anticipate a very competitive league dual.”
Navy and Boston U. did not meet during the 2016 season, but the teams did face each other during the 2014 and 2015 Patriot League Tournaments which were the first two seasons for the Terriers as members of the league. The Mids won both of those matches, which were the first since the teams previously met in 1990. Navy has won all four matches that have been played in the series.
Bryant has tallied a 3-4 record this season after advancing to the 2016 NCAA Tournament as the Northeast Conference Tournament champion. The Bulldogs posted a 12-12 record in all last season.
“Bryant is loaded with great players all throughout their lineup,” said Garner. “The team is looking forward to the competitive challenges that await this weekend.”
Sunday’s match will be the first between Navy and Bryant.