April 13, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis will travel to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday for the annual Star Match against rival Navy. The first serve between the academies is slated for 1 p.m., at the USNA Tennis Courts. The Black Knights and Midshipmen are currently locked in a tie for first place in the Patriot League standings as both sport a 4-0 conference record.
Last Time Out
Army (13-9) is coming off a key 5-2 victory over league foe Bucknell on Thursday afternoon at Malek Courts. The win was the Black Knights’ third straight victory and 10th of the season on their home courts. Sophomore Asika Isoh improved upon his team-best singles record with a win at No. 1, jumping to 19-11 on the year and 13-6 in duals. Army improved to 26-3 all-time against the Bison.
The Midshipmen boast a 15-7 overall record, including 13-4 in home contests. Navy swept Patriot League foes Lafayette and Lehigh, 7-0, on back-to-back days, but has not competed since April 1. The Mids have also topped Colgate (7-0) and Bucknell (4-3) in conference play. Marcus Rebersak has held down the No. 1 singles spot in 20-of-22 matches this season, owning an 11-9 record. Calvin Mark is 18-3 in duals this season, splitting time between No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Army and Navy men’s tennis have met 88 times in program history, with 13 of those contests coming in postseason play. The Mids lead the all-time series, 56-32, including 8-5 in the Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights have won the last two Star Matches, including last season’s dramatic 4-3 triumph at Malek Courts. The last time Army won three consecutive Stars was 2003-05. Navy leads in matches played in Annapolis, 27-12. Army head coach Jim Poling is 7-8 against Navy, including 5-4 in Star Matches.
Following the Navy match, Army will stay on the road and face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sunday. The match against the Mountain Hawks is the final Patriot League regular-season contest of the year for the Black Knights. The first serve is slated for noon.