April 10, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Postseason seeding rests in the hands of Army men’s tennis as the Black Knights, currently atop the Patriot League standings, will travel to Bucknell on Friday and Colgate on Saturday. With a win against the Bison, Army will clinch the top seed in next weekend’s Patriot League Championship, hosted by the Raiders.
Army is the lone undefeated team in the conference following the Black Knights’ dramatic 4-3 victory over Navy on Sunday afternoon. Army stands at 4-0 in league play and 14-6 overall, with the Midshipmen (4-1), Bison (1-1) and Lehigh (3-1) all sporting one conference loss apiece. The Black Knights handed the Mountain Hawks their lone setback, 5-2 on March 24, while Navy was responsible for Bucknell’s only PL defeat.
First serve against the Bison on Friday is slated for 3 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa., while the Army-Colgate match is scheduled for Saturday at noon in Hamilton, N.Y.
Army is 26-3 all-time against Bucknell, including last season’s 5-2 victory on the Black Knights’ outdoor courts at Malek Tennis Center. All three of the Bison’s wins over Army came between 1971-74, with the Black Knights winning 26 straight heading into Friday’s match.
Army and Colgate have met 64 times since the series began in 1925, with the Black Knights owning the 47-15-2 advantage. Since Army head coach Jim Poling came on board in the fall of 2002, the Black Knights have gone 11-2 against the Raiders. Army earned a 6-1 win over the Raiders last season for the Black Knights third win in the past four showdowns.
Army last earned the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament in 2011. The 2011 season also marked the Black Knights’ last conference championship and accompanying NCAA Tournament bid. Since the Patriot League turned to a team format in 1994, Army has been the No. 1 seed seven times and is a combined 15-1 when playing as the top team. The Black Knights have won the league title six times as the No. 1 seed and seven times overall since 1994.