Feb. 2, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Army men’s tennis claimed its first victory of the season with a 6-1 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon. Played at the University of Arksansas’ Dills Indoor Tennis Facility, the Black Knights swept all three doubles matches before winning five of six singles matches in straight sets to even their season record at 1-1. The Golden Eagles fall to 0-4 this spring.
Army was without its top singles player, Asika Isoh, but cruised to the victory regardless. The Black Knights shifted their lineup up one to make up for Isoh’s absence, as freshman Ben Davies saw his first collegiate dual-match action at No. 6 singles.
Freshman Harrison McCormick teamed with classmate Caison Best at No. 2 doubles to capture his second victory on the young season. The plebe pair defeated Fabian Zierleyn and Nathaniel Avery, 8-5. Army pairs Rashad Shelton and Austin McCasin, and Henry Jang-Milsten and Peter Sienko each evened their season records at 1-1 after wins at their respective spots.
McCormick also maintained his flawless singles mark (2-0) with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Avery. Sienko, McCasin, Shelton and Davies all collected their first dual-match singles wins of the season.
Up next, Army will begin a 10-match homestand at Lichtenberg Tennis Center starting on Feb. 9 against Stony Brook. The match against the Seawolves will be the first of a weekend tripleheader which will include contests against Connecticut and Vassar as well.
Army 6, Oral Roberts 1
1. SHELTON, Rashad/MCCASIN, Austin (ARMY) def. Jason Mechali/Pedro Moreno (ORU) 8-7 (8-6)
2. MCCORMICK, Harrison/BEST, Caison (ARMY) def. Fabian Zierleyn/Nathaniel Avery (ORU) 8-5
3. JANG-MILSTEN, Henry/SIENKO, Peter (ARMY) def. Parker Allen/Braxton Bates (ORU) 8-2
1. Fabian Zierleyn (ORU) def. Best, Caison (ARMY) 6-1, 6-3
2. Sienko, Peter (ARMY) def. Jason Mechali (ORU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Shelton, Rashad (ARMY) def. Pedro Moreno (ORU) 6-2, 6-2
4. McCasin, Austin (ARMY) def. Parker Allen (ORU) 6-3, 6-1
5. McCormick, Harrison (ARMY) def. Nathaniel Avery (ORU) 6-2, 6-2|
6. Davies, Benjamin (ARMY) def. Braxton Bates (ORU) 6-2, 6-3