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Men's Tennis Back at Home for Sunday Doubleheader

Peter McDonald

Feb. 28, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team will be back in the Tose Family Tennis Center Sunday as the Mids will play host to Delaware (Noon) and Coppin State (5 p.m.) in the facility.

The Mids stepped away from Annapolis for their last match, a hard-fought 5-2 loss at Penn on Wednesday. The doubles point between the teams was decided in a tiebreaker, while the Quakers won a trio of three-set singles matches to secure the victory.

Delaware has posted a 2-2 record this season. Each of the four matches the Blue Hens have played thus far this year have been decided by the score of 4-3. Delaware has recorded wins over Morgan State and Villanova and has suffered losses to Lehigh and Saint Joseph's.

Navy has defeated both St. Joseph's (4-3) and Villanova (6-1), will play host to Morgan State on March 12 and will play at Lehigh on April 13.

The Mids and the Blue Hens have faced each other in each of the last six seasons. Navy has won all six of the meetings, but the 2009, 2010 and 2011 matches were determined by the score of 4-3. Last year saw the Mids win a 6-1 decision over the Blue Hens. Navy picked up wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles to earn the doubles point before winning one three-set and four straight-set singles matches. The Mids return four of the five singles players who won a match in last season's meeting, while the Blue Hens return four members of their overall singles lineup.

Coppin State enters a Friday match against St. Francis (N.Y.) with a 0-1 record this year. The Eagles opened the 2013 season with a 6-1 loss to Loyola.

Navy won a 7-0 decision over Coppin State when the teams met during the 2012 season.

"We will need to be ready for Delaware," said Navy head coach John Officer. "They are a competitive team with a solid lineup. We need to keep the emotional toughness we showed at Penn through this weekend."



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