Two Challenging Matches Await Men’s Tennis Saturday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s tennis team will play host to Monmouth and Villanova Saturday in the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis. The match between the Mids (14-4) and the Hawks (1-8) will begin at 10 a.m., with Navy’s dual against the Wildcats (4-2) slated for 2 p.m.
“A challenging doubleheader awaits the team on Saturday,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “We begin the day playing a very strong Monmouth team and end it going up against an ever-improving Villanova team.”
Singles play helped the Mids to the two victories a week ago. Navy posted a combined eight wins and two losses against the Bearcats and the Patriots, with the remaining two matches not completed due to the overall team match result already being decided. Individually, Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.), Peter Lohrbach (Fr., Little Neck, N.Y.) and Romesh Kahatapitiya (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) each won both of their singles matches on the day.
Monmouth has played an arduous schedule to day with the likes of William & Mary (L, 4-3), Virginia (L, 4-2), Georgetown (L, 5-2) and George Washington (W, 6-1) being just some of the team’s opponents to date.
The Hawks compiled a 13-12 record a year ago, posted a 7-0 record during the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s regular season and won the MAAC Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The lone prior match between Navy and Monmouth saw the Mids defeat the Hawks by the score of 5-2 four years ago.
“Monmouth will be coming in playing at a very high level,” said Garner. “They have been competitive in all of their matches and have gone up against only formidable teams that historically are nationally ranked.”
Villanova travels to Annapolis with a win over Lehigh (6-1) and losses to Temple (4-0) and Lehigh (4-3) included among the team’s results this season. The Wildcats ended the 2017 season with a 14-11 record.
Navy and Villanova have met in each of the last 13 seasons. The Mids have won 12 of those matches, with the lone win in that span for the Wildcats being a 5-2 victory last season.
“Villanova will look to build upon their recent success against us as they return all of the players who defeated us soundly last year,” said Garner. “We will need to be playing well in order to make it a competitive contest.”
This weekend’s matches are the eighth and ninth, respectively, during Navy’s 10-match homestand. That home stretch will conclude March 3 when the Mids play host to Fairleigh Dickinson.