Feb. 26, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team will continue its slate of strong early season competition with a Wednesday afternoon match at Penn. The match between the Mids and the Quakers will begin at 3 p.m. in the Levy Tennis Pavilion in Philadelphia.
"Penn is a well-coached team by my friend, David Geatz," said Navy head coach John Officer. "The Ivy league is loaded with good teams from top to bottom. Penn has won several Ivy League titles in recent history and have had a good start to this season. In our favor is the fact that we have played a very tough schedule to date, including matches against two nationally ranked teams. We will need to turn defense to offense to win in singles. Our doubles is very solid at this point."
The Quakers have compiled a 4-1 record thus far this season and have won each of their last four matches. Most recently, Penn posted a 7-0 victory over Temple. Navy had defeated the Owls by the score of 5-2 back on Feb. 6.
Penn recorded a 4-3 victory over Navy last season in Annapolis. The Mids began the day by winning the doubles point, but the Quakers won four singles matches -- including a trio of three-set matches -- to rally for the victory.
Penn returns half of the players who appeared in its singles lineup against Navy last season. This includes Nikola Kocovic and Jeremy Court, who won matches at Nos. 2 and 4 singles, respectively, and Jason Magnes, who lost at No. 6 singles.
Navy returns all but one member of its singles lineup that faced Penn a year ago. Included among the returners for the Mids are Calvin Mark (So., Union City, Calif.), who won a three-set decision at No. 3 singles, and Nicholas Gutsche (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.), who won a three-set match over Magnes.
The Mids saw their record on the season move to 7-5 over the weekend with a 4-3 loss to George Mason, a 4-0 win over Howard and a 4-1 win over Drexel. Two of Navy's five losses have been in matches decided by the score of 4-3, with two additional losses coming to No. 23 North Carolina and No. 67 Old Dominion.
Blake Daniel (So., Overland Park, Kan.) and Gutsche led the Mids in victories on the weekend. The duo combined to win doubles matches against each of the three foes, with Daniel going on to win both of his singles matches and Gutsche splitting his two matches.