March 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Just a couple of days removed from a week-long trip to Florida, Army men’s tennis will host Stony Brook on Tuesday afternoon at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The first serve at the Black Knights’ indoor facility is slated for 3:30 p.m. Army’s contest against the Seawolves marks the final match of the non-league schedule.
Army (8-5) went 0-3 last week in Orlando, dropping decisions to Appalachian State, South Carolina State and Northern Illinois. SBU (0-5) has not competed since March 9 when it was topped by Bryant, 4-0.
Army and Stony Brook last faced each other during the 2011 dual season when the Seawolves scored a 6-1 victory at West Point. The Black Knights earned their lone point in that match from a win at No. 2 singles by Tripp Johnson (USMA 2011).
The Army-Stony Brook series dates back to 1979 with the Black Knights having a 19-4 advantage. The Seawolves have won three straight matches against Army, with the Black Knights’ most recent victory coming early in the 2008 season.
Freshman Harrison McCormick and junior Asika Isoh have been the Army leaders so far this season, which McCormick showing a team-best 9-2 singles mark and Isoh closely behind at 8-3. Isoh and McCormick have been the most successful doubles team for the Black Knights as well, boasting a 10-1 record after going 1-1 in Florida last week.
Following the Stony Brook match, Army will prepare for the start of Patriot League play. The Black Knights host a trio of conference opponents this weekend, beginning with Lafayette (noon) and Holy Cross (8 p.m.) on Friday, and followed by Lehigh (9 a.m.) on Sunday. Army went 4-2 in league matches in 2012 following setbacks to Lehigh and conference champion Navy.