April 13, 2013
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis finished Patriot League play undefeated for the sixth time in program history following a 4-1 win at Colgate on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights, who earned the conference’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming league tournament after yesterday’s win at Bucknell, defeated the Raiders for the fourth time in the past five meetings for their first flawless Patriot League record since 2011.
The match was moved indoors for the second straight day and was yet again limited to four courts. Army took a 1-0 advantage after winning two of the three doubles contests. Sophomore Peter Sienko and junior Henry Jang-Milsten won their 14th match of the season with an 8-3 defeat of Parker Lewis and Harry Jewett at No. 3. Junior Asika Isoh and freshman Harrison McCormick clinched the point with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over Alec Goldstein and Nick Laub.
Isoh and McCormick’s doubles victory was their 15th of the season, moving the duo into a tie for fifth all-time on Army’s single-season doubles wins list as a pair.
Colgate knotted the score 1-1 after senior Rashad Shelton lost in straight sets at No. 2 to Bobby Berkowitz. The Black Knights soon regained their lead as sophomore Alex Van Velzer dispatched Alan Pleat in straight straights 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4.
Isoh and freshman Caison Best provided the final 1-2 punch to seal the match as Best topped Alec Goldstein at No. 3, 7-6(7-4), 6-2 before Isoh clinched with a 7-6(7-4), 6-3 win over Luke Gensburg at No. 1.
Prior to this season, Army finished conference play undefeated in 2011, 2001, 2000, 1995 and 1994 and earned NCAA Tournament bids during three of those campaigns.
By winning the Patriot League regular-season title and top seed in the conference tournament, Army has earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the No. 4-No. 5 match. With the exception of the Black Knights, seeding has yet to be determined for the remaining teams as a number of regular-season conference matches are still to be played.
The 2013 Patriot League Tournament is scheduled for April 19-21 at Colgate.