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Men's Tennis Team Home for Three Matches

Nicholas Gutsche

Feb. 21, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team will play host to a trio of matches this weekend. On Saturday, the Mids will play both George Mason (Noon) and Howard (5 p.m.) before facing Drexel Sunday (9 a.m.). Each of the matches will be contested at the Tose Family Tennis Center.

Note that the start time for Sunday's match against Drexel has been changed from its originally scheduled time of 5 p.m.

After beginning its 2013 season with a 6-1 loss to East Carolina, a team Navy lost a 4-3 decision to, George Mason has since recorded wins over Morgan State and Mary Washington.

The Patriots concluded the 2012 season with a record of 18-8. One of their defeats was a 5-2 loss to Navy.

Howard has dropped the lone match it has played thus far this season. The Bison opened the year with a 7-0 loss to Mount St. Mary's this past weekend.

Howard finished the 2012 season with a 1-6 record. That ledger includes a 6-1 loss to Navy.

Drexel enters a Saturday match at UMBC with a 4-1 record this season. The Dragons lost a 6-1 decision to Lehigh, while picking up victories over St. Francis (N.Y.) (7-0), Temple (4-3) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (6-1). Navy will face Lehigh during the 2013 Patriot League season, has defeated both St. Francis (N.Y.) and Saint Francis (Pa.) by the identical score of 7-0 and posted a 5-2 win over Temple.

Drexel compiled an 8-8 record last season, which included a 7-0 loss to Navy.

"George Mason is a much improved team from last year," said Navy head coach John Officer. "They took a point off of East Carolina. We will need to come out with a lot of energy. Drexel beat Temple, which is a team we also beat, so we will need to be at our best."

Navy heads into the weekend with 5-4 record on the season. The two most recent matches for team saw the Mids lose to No. 23 North Carolina (4-0) and No. 67 Old Dominion (6-1).

The final team score of the match against the Monarchs was not indicative of how close the individual matches were. Navy nearly won the doubles point, lost a three-set singles matches and was a tiebreaker away from forcing a third set in another singles match. Blake Daniel (So., Overland Park, Kan.) recorded the lone point of the day for the Mids as he won a three-set decision at No. 4 singles.



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