March 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Another busy few days lie ahead of the Navy men's tennis team as the squad will play four matches in a span of four days starting with a Saturday match against UMBC.
The stretch begins with the Mids and the Retrievers playing at 1 p.m. at the UMBC Tennis Complex. Navy then will be back in the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis for Sunday matches against Mount St. Mary's at Noon and UMES at 5 p.m. The Mids will additionally play host to Morgan State Tuesday at 4 p.m.
"UMBC has beaten us the past two years, so we are eager to play this match," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We are hitting on all cylinders right now and our doubles is very solid.
"Mount St. Marys and Morgan State are competitive teams. We hope to be at our best all week."
Navy improved its record to 9-6 on the year by recording a pair of victories against Delaware and Coppin State Sunday. The Mids swept each of the six doubles matches and did not drop a set in any of the combined 12 singles matches they played on the day against the Blue Hens and the Eagles.
UMBC enters the weekend with a 3-5 record on the year. The Retrievers most recently lost a 6-1 decision to Penn, a team Navy dropped a 5-2 contest to.
UMBC has defeated Navy in each of the last three years as well as in four of the last six seasons. The final score has been 4-3 in four of those six matches, though the Retrievers posted a 6-1 win over the Mids one year ago.
Mount St. Mary's has compiled a 4-1 record this spring. Just two of the team's matches -- 7-0 win vs. Howard, 7-0 loss to Lehigh -- have come against Division I foes.
Navy won a 6-1 decision over Mount St. Mary's during the 2012 spring season.
UMES heads into a Saturday match against North Carolina Central with a 0-2 record this season. The two defeats for the Hawks came against Hampton and St. Francis (N.Y.).
Sunday's match will mark the first time Navy and UMES will have faced each other.
Morgan State has posted a 1-10 record this year, with a Sunday match against Niagara ahead of the team prior to its making the short trip to Annapolis.
Navy defeated Morgan State by the score of 6-1 last season.