Sep 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's tennis team will open the fall portion of its 2013-14 season this weekend when the Midshipmen play host to the Navy Invitational on the USNA Tennis Courts.
Navy will play host to Delaware, St. Bonaventure and Temple as part of the event. The Mids will play the Blue Hens Friday at 2 p.m., the Bonnies Saturday at 9 a.m. and the Owls Sunday at 2 p.m.
The invite is an individual, flighted tournament that will not utilize team scoring.
The Mids fared very well in the 2012 edition of this tournament that featured these same four teams. Navy players combined to post records of 14-4 in singles and 5-4 in doubles to win 7 of the 12 flight titles (five of eight singles, two of four doubles).
"We are excited to host the Navy Invitational this weekend," said Navy head coach John Officer. "There should be some great tennis out there. Delaware played us to a tight match last year as did Temple. St. Bonaventure is a well-coached group. We will need to compete at the highest level in order to win as many flights as possible."
Navy returns four letterwinners from last year's team that posted a 17-12 record during the spring campaign and advanced to the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament. Last season marked the sixth time the Mids advanced to the league final in a span of seven years.
Navy Invitational Schedule (No Team Scoring)
Fri., Sept. 6
10 a.m. - St. Bonaventure vs. Temple
2 p.m. - Delaware vs. Navy
Sat., Sept. 7
9 a.m. - St. Bonaventure vs. Navy
2 p.m. - Delaware vs. Temple
Sun., Sept. 8
9 a.m. - Delaware vs. St. Bonaventure
2 p.m. - Temple vs. Navy