Army and Navy to Battle for Patriot League Men's Tennis Title

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Calvin Mark was victorious at No. 2 singles, sending Navy to its semifinal win over Bucknell.
Calvin Mark was victorious at No. 2 singles, sending Navy to its semifinal win over Bucknell.

April 28, 2012

2012 Patriot League Men’s Tennis Tournament Central

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Top-seeded Navy and No. 3 Army won semifinal matches Saturday and advanced to the championship of the 2012 Patriot League Men’s Tennis Tournament in Annapolis, Md.

Navy, which saw its four-year run of championships end last season with a semifinal loss to Lehigh, made it back to the title match, which is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the United States Naval Academy Tennis Courts.

If inclement weather forces play indoors, competition will resume at the Tose Family Tennis Center.

The Mids will take on rival Army, the defending Patriot League champion. The Black Knights avenged a 5-2 regular-season loss to second-seeded Lehigh with a 4-0 win in Saturday’s second semifinal match.

Army and Navy will meet in the championship match for the fifth time in the last six years. The Mids defeated the Black Knights in the title match during their recent four-year run from 2007-10.

The academies are tied with a League-best nine championships.

No. 1 Navy 4, No. 4 Bucknell 1

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – No. 1 seed Navy returned to the Patriot League championship match with a 4-1 semifinal victory in the 2012 men’s tennis tournament Saturday afternoon at the United States Naval Academy Tennis Courts.

The Mids will face academy rival Army, which was a 4-0 winner over No. 2 seed Lehigh in the day’s second semifinal.

Bucknell opened the match by capturing the doubles point. Josh Katten and Evan Zimmer logged an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Tyler Burnett and Marcus Rebersak, while Gregg Cohenca and Aiden Lynch were 8-5 winners at No. 1 over Calvin Mark and Peter McDonald. The Bison had a 6-5 lead at third doubles, with Scott Bernstein holding the lead over Blake Daniel and Nicholas Gutsche.

Gutsche, though, picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Bucknell’s Jon DeFranchese at No. 5 singles to pull the Mids even at 1-1. Burnett made it 2-1 Navy with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Gregory Maxson at No. 6.

Navy’s momentum continued when Peter McDonald earned a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 win over Katten at third singles. Navy rookie Calvin Mark, the reigning Patriot League Men’s Tennis Player of the Month, earned a 6-4, 6-4 win over Zimmer at No. 2 singles to send the Mids to the championship match for the fifth time in the last six years and first since 2010.

The Mids were up a set at No. 1 singles as well, while Daniel and Morque were knotted at a set apiece at the No. 4 flight.

Singles competition
1. Rebersak, Marcus (NAVY) vs. Cohenca, Gregg (BUCKNELL) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished
2. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Zimmer, Evan (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 6-4
3. McDonald, Peter (NAVY) def. Katten, Josh (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 6-4
4. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) vs. Morque, Kelly (BUCKNELL) 4-6, 6-1, 2-0, unfinished
5. Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) def. DeFranchese, Jon (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 6-1
6. Burnett, Tyler (NAVY) def. Maxson, Gregory (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 6-2

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 3, 2

Doubles competition
1. Cohenca, Gregg/Lynch, Aiden (BUCKNELL) def. Mark, Calvin/McDonald, Peter (NAVY) 8-5
2. Katten, Josh/Zimmer, Evan (BUCKNELL) def. Burnett, Tyler/Rebersak, Marcus (NAVY) 8-3
3. Daniel, Blake/Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) vs. Bernstein, Scott/Morque, Kelly (BUCKNELL) 5-6, unfinished

Order of Finish: 2, 1

No. 3 Army 4, No. 2 Lehigh 0

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Defending champion Army had to settle for the tournament’s third seed because of a head-to-head regular-season loss to No. 2 Lehigh.

The Black Knights ensured the Mountain Hawks wouldn’t have a repeat performance, as Asika Isoh’s victory at No. 1 singles clinched a 4-0 victory for defending champion Army in Saturday’s semifinals of the Patriot League Men’s Tennis Tournament.

Army moved on to the tournament’s championship match for the 10th year in a row, and the Black Knights’ kept alive their bid to repeat last year’s title run.

Isoh teamed with Henry Jang-Milsten for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles against Lehigh’s Ben Gilman and Matt Savran. Alex Holland and Rommel Verano were 8-3 winners at No. 3 doubles over Timur Chernykh and Andrew Krentz, giving the Black Knights a 1-0 lead in the match.

Peter Sienko moved into the Army lineup after Rashad Shelton fell ill and could not compete, and proceeded to give Army a 2-0 advantage after a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles against Lehigh’s Daniel Goldblum.

Verano won his second match of the day, picking up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Krentz at No. 5 singles. Army capped off the match with Isoh’s triumph at the top singles flight over Mark Goldberg, 6-4, 6-2.

Singles competition
1. Isoh, Asika (ARMY) def. Goldberg, Mark (LEHIGH) 6-4, 6-2
2. Gilman, Benjamin (LEHIGH) vs. Van Velzer, Alex (ARMY) 2-6, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
3. Petersen, Mitchell (LEHIGH) vs. Holland, Alex (ARMY) 2-6, 5-6, unfinished
4. Savran, Matt (LEHIGH) vs. Jang-Milsten, Henry (ARMY) 3-6, 1-4, unfinished
5. Verano, Rommel (ARMY) def. Krentz, Andrew (LEHIGH) 6-3, 6-4
6. Sienko, Peter (ARMY) def. Goldblum, Daniel (LEHIGH) 6-3, 6-1

Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1

Doubles competition
1. Isoh, Asika/Jang-Milsten, Henry (ARMY) def. Gilman, Benjamin/Savran, Matt (LEHIGH) 8-1
2. Goldberg, Mark/Petersen, Mitchell (LEHIGH) vs. Sienko, Peter/Van Velzer, Alex (ARMY) 7-5, unfinished
3. Holland, Alex/Verano, Rommel (ARMY) def. Chernykh, Timur/Krentz, Andrew (LEHIGH) 8-3

Order of Finish: 1, 3