Oct. 4, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis will hit the tournament circuit for the third time this fall as the Black Knights will split between the Dartmouth and Yale Shootouts. The Dartmouth Shootout is slated for Friday through Sunday in Hanover, N.H., while the Yale tournament will include St. Bonaventure and be contested Saturday and Sunday only in New Haven, Conn.
Heading to Hanover will be senior Rashad Shelton (1-2), junior Rommel Verano, sophomores Peter Sienko (2-2) and Alex Van Velzer (1-3), and freshmen Austin McCasin (3-1), Joey Hatala (2-2), David Proctor (1-2) and Sam Jang-Milsten (0-4). Verano will be looking to make his first appearance on a singles court after playing only doubles at the season-opening tournament at Stony Brook, Sept. 7-8.
Set to face the host Bulldogs and Bonnies in New Haven will be senior captain Alex Holland (2-2), junior Asika Isoh (1-3), sophomore Henry Jang-Milsten (2-2), and newcomers Harrison McCormick (3-2), Ben Davies (0-3), Caison Best, Daniel Shutov (1-2) and Ron Verano (2-2). Isoh and McCormick have become the early frontrunners as Army’s top doubles team this season as the pair has compiled a team-best 4-2 record through two tournaments.
Draws were not yet available for either of this weekend’s competitions.
The Black Knights got a peak at Yale at the USTA Collegiate Invite two weeks ago, totaling a 2-3 mark, including 1-2 in singles and 1-1 in doubles matches. Both victories were accounted by Army players who will not be traveling to Yale this weekend – McCasin (W, 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7) and Sam Jang-Milsten with Proctor (W, 8-5). The Black Knights have yet to face a player from St. Bonaventure this season.
Against the host Big Green, the Black Knights are 0-3 in tournament play this fall. Isoh and McCormick fell in extra sets, 9-8(6), while Sienko dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision and Van Velzer lost 6-3, 6-0, all at the USTA event.
Following this weekend’s tournaments, Army will have two weeks to decide which of its top players will compete at the ITA Regional Championships. Hosted by Yale, the Regionals are slated for Oct. 18-21.