April 19, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis will play its final home match of the season on Saturday with Boston University traveling to West Point. The Black Knights will honor their three senior members prior to the start of the match. With a chance for thunderstorms on Saturday, the decision of whether to play the 1 p.m., match inside at Lichtenberg Tennis Center or outdoors at Malek Courts will be made that morning.
Army (13-11, 4-2 Patriot League) will look to rebound after a pair of losses last weekend. The Black Knights fell at Navy, 4-3, and at Lehigh, 5-2, to close Patriot League play with a 4-2 record. Army lists at third place in the conference standings behind the No. 1 Midshipmen and No. 2 Mountain Hawks. The Patriot League Championship is slated for April 27-29, in Annapolis, Md.
Freshman Pete Sienko was the lone Black Knight to take home two singles wins last weekend. With both contests played at No. 6, Sienko battled to a three-set victory against the Midshipmen before cruising to straight-set win at Lehigh. With a 12-8 record this spring, the Army plebe lists tied for second on the roster for total wins. Sophomore Asika Isoh has tallied a team-best 14-7 dual record and is 20-12 overall, with all contests played at No. 1.
Isoh and classmate Henry Jang-Milsten lead the Black Knights in doubles this season with an 18-13 overall mark, including 13-8 in duals.
BU comes to West Point with a 5-12 record, including 1-0 in America East matches. The contest against the Black Knights marks the final of the regular season for the Terriers. BU last defeated fellow Army foe Holy Cross, 7-0, on Wednesday. Despite the lopsided dual-match record, the Terriers have won four of their last five contests.
Boston University is Army’s oldest foe of the 2012 season, as the rivalry goes back to 1922. The pair of squared off on five occasions, including last season’s 5-2 win by the Terriers in Boston. The Black Knights last prevailed in 2010, with a 6-1 victory at West Point.
Prior to the start of Saturday’s match, Army will recognize its three seniors – captain Andrew Clark, Donald Van Velzer and Pete Williams.
Following the BU match, Army will play one final regular-season contest on Monday when it travels to regional foe Marist. The showdown with the Red Foxes is slated for a 3 p.m., start in Poughkeepsie.