Jan. 27, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis concluded its final tournament of the year prior to the start of dual-match play when the Black Knights hosted Marist, Gardner-Webb and North Carolina-Greensboro for the Army Challenge. The four teams played a series of singles and doubles matches between Friday and Sunday at Army’s Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights went a combined 6-15 in singles contests and 6-6 in doubles play.
Junior Asika Isoh went 2-0 in singles to lead Army. Isoh defeated Marist’s Trym Nagelstad, 6-0, 6-4, before topping Gardner-Webb’s Adam Knutsson, 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Caison Best had a strong showing against UNCG, battling for a three-set win over Randy Phillips, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5, on Saturday night for the Black Knights’ lone victory over the Trojans. Rashad Shelton and Henry Jang-Milsten tacked on victories over the Runnin’ Bulldogs, with Shelton defeating Brendan Dempsey, 6-3, 6-2, and Jang-Milsten dispatching Matthew Parker in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6.
Freshman Harrison McCormick also recorded a singles win on the weekend by defeating Will Reznek of Marist, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6(9). McCormick enters dual-match play next weekend with a team-high seven singles wins.
Army fared better in doubles play, sweeping all four matches from Marist while splitting two matches apiece with GWU. Shelton and freshman Austin McCasin tallied a 2-1 record over the weekend, including a pair of 8-6 wins over the Red Foxes and Runnin’ Bulldogs.
“Overall, I thought we saw some great tennis,” said Army head coach Jim Poling. “Our guys battled hard, I thought we looked sharp out there, and we’re excited to get the dual season started. I thought one of the highlights of the weekend was Caison Best’s win on Saturday night; he played with a lot of fight and heart. We’ve been dealt some tough cards with injuries this year, but I think we’re in good shape heading into next weekend’s schedule.”
Army will lift the lid on its dual-match schedule on Friday at No. 55 Arkansas at 11 a.m. The Black Knights will remain in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday to play Oral Roberts in a neutral-site contest at noon.