May 8, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Head coach John Officer and freshman Calvin Mark (Union City, Calif.) were among the members of the Navy men's tennis program who garnered post-season accolades from the Patriot League on Tuesday. Officer, who guided Navy to the 2012 Patriot League title, was tabbed as the league's coach of the year while Mark, who previously was selected as the MVP of the league tournament, was named as the league's rookie (freshman) of the year.
Joining Mark in earning First-Team All-Patriot League laurels were teammates Marcus Rebersak (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Peter McDonald (Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C.).
Navy posted an 18-8 record this season, which included a mark of 7-0 against Patriot League opponents. The Mids entered the league tournament as the event's top-seeded team thanks to their 5-0 record during the league's regular season, then earned tournament wins over Bucknell (semifinal) and Army (final) to win the title for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Navy will face Florida Saturday at Noon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Officer's overall tally of eight Patriot League titles is the most won by any men's tennis coach in league history, while his seven coach-of-the-year accolades also is the most earned by any men's tennis coach in the league.
Mark posted a combined record of 44-6 this spring. He compiled a 21-4 record in singles, which included a 12-1 mark at the No. 2 flight, and was 23-2 in doubles. Mark dropped just one set in the seven singles matches he played against Patriot League foes this spring, while he and McDonald teamed up for a 23-2 record in all dual matches as a tandem.
He becomes the fifth Mid to be tabbed as the league's top rookie (freshman) in the nine-year existence of the award.
Rebersak, who previously garnered second-team all-league honors in 2010, won four of his five singles matches against Patriot League opponents this spring on his way to posting an 11-10 record for the full season. All of his singles matches were played at the No. 1 flight.
In addition to winning 22 of his 24 doubles matches alongside Mark when the duo played at the No. 1 flight, McDonald also finished the spring with a singles record of 17-7. This included records of 9-1 at No. 3 singles and 7-0 when facing league foes. He too lost just one set (by the score of 6-4) in the singles matches he played against league opponents this spring.
Marcus Rebersak, Navy, Sr.; Luke Gensburg, Colgate, So.; Mark Goldberg, Lehigh, So.; Asika Isoh, Army, So.; Ben Gilman, Lehigh, Fr.; Calvin Mark, Navy, Fr.; Peter McDonald, Navy, Fr.; Alex Van Velzer, Army, Fr.
Doug Gallagher, Lafayette, Sr.; Evan Zimmer, Bucknell, Jr.; Mitchell Peterson, Lehigh, Fr.; Peter Sienko, Army, Fr.
Player of the Year - Asika Isoh, Army, So.
Rookie of the Year - Calvin Mark, Navy, Fr.
Coach of the Year - John Officer, Navy