May 10, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy's Calvin Mark (Fr., Union City, Calif.) was named as the Patriot League Men's Tennis Player of the Month for April on Thursday. The accolade gives Mark a sweep of the league's monthly awards since the start of the spring dual-match season.
Mark posted identical records of 3-1 in singles and doubles during April's abbreviated month of play. This includes a combined record of 5-1 in matches played against Patriot League opponents. He played at the No. 1 flight alongside Peter McDonald (Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) in each of his four doubles matches in the month, while playing three matches at No. 2 singles and one (his lone loss) at the No. 1 flight.
Mark began the month by winning a pair of matches during Navy's 4-3 Star Match victory over Army. He then closed the regular season by winning in doubles and dropping a narrow 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) decision in singles against UMBC.
He next bounced back from an 8-5 defeat in doubles to Bucknell in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament to record a straight set singles win over the Bison to help the Mids advance into the championship match of the event. After the Mark-McDonald tandem helped Navy secure the doubles point in the tournament final against Army with an 8-6 win, Mark recorded the fourth and match-clinching team point versus the Black Knights with a 6-4, 6-2 singles victory.
Those efforts resulted in Mark being tabbed as the most valuable player of the Patriot League Tournament, which was a precursor to his being selected as the 2012 Patriot League Rookie (Freshman) of the Year and garnering first-team all-league laurels.
Navy will play at Florida Saturday at Noon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.