Men's Tennis Prepares for Invite Field of National Foes
Sept. 26, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A strong field that includes players from a trio of teams that were nationally ranked last season will take part in the Navy National All-Conference Invitational men's tennis tournament this weekend in Annapolis.
Joining the host Mids at this weekend's event will be Arkansas, Indiana, Penn State and Princeton. The Razorbacks were ranked 59th nationally last season, the Hoosiers were ranked 56th and the Tigers ended the 2013 season ranked 51st.
All but Arkansas and Penn State will send a full contingent of players to complete a lineup of four doubles teams and eight singles players. The Razorbacks and the Nittany Lions will each send half as many players and form one combined team.
The invite, which will be contested on the USNA Tennis Courts, is an individual, flighted tournament that will not utilize team scoring.
"We are looking forward to the Navy National All-Conference Invitational this weekend," said Navy head coach John Officer. "This is an event we are reintroducing from a number of years ago. We previously have had such teams as Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Maryland and Notre Dame participate in it. The concept is to bring together nationally ranked teams from different conferences."
Navy will be competing in its third tournament of the fall this weekend, with this being the last full team event the Mids will be participating in. Through two invitationals -- the Navy Invite (Delaware, St. Bonaventure, Temple) and the ECU Fall Shootout (Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, James Madison, Richmond) -- the Mids have combined for a 19-19 record in singles and a 10-11 record in doubles. Both Austin Jones (So., Dallas, Texas) and Tyler Tossavainen (Fr., Fleming Island, Fla.) have posted a 4-1 record as singles players this fall, while Jones and Thomas Pecor (Fr., Houston, Texas) have combined for a team-best 4-2 record as a doubles tandem.
"We will need to be proficient in all areas including the aggressive rally ball, dictate shot, heavy spin and low balls," said Officer. "We are hoping to serve well, dictating play on the first serve and neutralizing on the second serve. Each player has to hit their performance goals on target. All of these teams are nationally recognized and we must battle hard for every point."
Friday, Sept. 27
9 a.m. - Indiana vs Princeton
2 p.m. - Arkansas / Penn State vs. Navy
Saturday, Sept. 28
9 a.m. - Indiana vs. Navy
2 p.m. - Arkansas / Penn State vs. Princeton
Sunday, Sept. 29
9 a.m. - Arkansas / Penn State vs. Indiana
2 p.m. - Princeton vs. Navy