Navy Splits Pair of Close Men’s Tennis Matches

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy (16-4) men’s tennis team played two close matches on Saturday, losing on the road to NJIT (5-4) by the score of 4-3 and winning at home over Drexel (6-2) by the score of 4-2.

Navy’s contest at NJIT couldn’t have had a better start as the Mids won all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Jack Dabek (Sr., Dublin, Ohio) and Jake Fishkin (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) Combined for a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles, Luke Garner (Fr., Arnold, Md.) And Gavin Segraves (Jr., Charlottesville, Va.) Posted a 6-4 win at the No. 2 flight and the team of Jan Kjellberg (Sr., White Plains, NY) and William Pak (So., Chantilly, Va.) Won at No. 3 doubles in a tiebreaker.

Garner gave Navy a 2-0 lead when he defeated Oscar Callo von Platen, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 4 singles. The Highlanders posted straight-set wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles to tie the match, then took a 3-2 lead with a straight-set win at No. 5 singles. NJIT secured the victory with a three-set win at No. 1 singles. Pak recorded at 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win at No. 6 singles to end play.

The decision was NJIT’s seventh of the year and Navy’s fifth to be decided by the final score of 4-3.

“It was an exciting, close match,” said Navy head coach Chris Garner. “NJIT played great at one and four singles to come up with the victory.”

The match against Drexel saw the doubles results nearly reversed as the Dragons won two of the three matches to earn the point. The victory by the Mids came at the No. 1 flight where Sasha Panyan (So., Lutherville, Md.) And Derrick Thompson (Sr., Towson, Md.) Won a 6-3 decision.

Thompson promptly evened the dual at 1-1 when he lost just one game in winning his No. 1 singles match. Panyan soon followed by winning all but two games in posting a victory at the No. 4 flight. Finn Garner (Jr., Arnold, Md.) Then won, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 singles to make the score 3-1. Drexel bounced back with the next point, which was a three-set win at No. 3 singles, then Conners O’Brien (Sr., Rensselaer, NY) posted at 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) win over Juan Manual Sanchez to secure the fourth team point for Navy.

In the remaining match that was halted when the decision was finalized, Navy’s Nicholas Nguyen (So., McLean, Va.) Led Gustav Wogen, 5-7, 6-3, 6-5, 30-love.

“Drexel played solid doubles to win the doubles point and put us behind,” said Navy associate head coach John Moreland. “Our guys came out ready in singles and took four of the six first sets and gained control of the momentum. Derrick and Sasha led the charge with quick victories in singles to give us the 2-1 lead, but Drexel came roaring back. Nicholas and Conners did a great job fighting back from being down a break at 5-4 in their third sets. It was a team effort, and I was really proud of the fight and determination this group showed today to face down defeat and finish out a tough match. “

Navy will play four matches next weekend, starting with a Saturday match at home against Temple and a road match at William & Mary.

NJIT (5-4) 4, Navy (15-4) 3
Doubles – Navy wins the doubles point (1-2-3)
1. Dabek, Jack / Fishkin, Jake (NAVY) def. Callo von Platen, Oscar / Smith, Josh (NJIT) 6-2
2. Garner, Luke / Segraves, Gavin (NAVY) def. El Kholti, Amine / Townes, Samuel (NJIT) 6-4
3. Kjellberg, Jan / Pak, William (NAVY) def. Fouad, Abdullah / Sabogal, Daniel (NJIT) 7-6 (7-3)
Singles (4-2-3-5-1-6)
1. Fouad, Abdullah (NJIT) def. Segraves, Gavin (NAVY) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-3
2. El Kholti, Amine (NJIT) def. Fishkin, Jake (NAVY) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
3. Smith, Josh (NJIT) def. Dabek, Jack (NAVY) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Garner, Luke (NAVY) def. Callo von Platen, Oscar (NJIT) 6-3, 7-5
5. Townes, Samuel (NJIT) def. Kjellberg, Jan (NAVY) 6-2, 6-3
6. Pak, William (NAVY) def. Sabogal, Daniel (NJIT) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Navy (16-4) 4, Drexel 2 (6-2)
Doubles – Drexel wins the doubles point (3-2-1)
1. Panyan, Sasha / Thompson, Derrick (NAVY) def. Hammitt, Xandy / Jagtiani, Sanil (DREXEL) 6-3
2. Janckovic, Djordje / Wogen, Gustav (DREXEL) def. Garner, Finn / McBride, Jack (NAVY) 7-5
3. Radionav, Matvey / Manual Sanchez, Juan (DREXEL) def. Nguyen, Nicholas / O’Brien, Conners (NAVY) 6-2
Singles (1-4-2-3-5-6)
1. Thompson, Derrick (NAVY) def. Jagtiani, Sanil (DREXEL) 6-0, 6-1
2. Garner, Finn (NAVY) def. Hammitt, Xandy (DREXEL) 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-2
3. Radionav, Matvey (DREXEL) def. McBride, Jack (NAVY) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Panyan, Sasha (NAVY) def. Janckovic, Djordje (DREXEL) 6-1, 6-1
5. O’Brien, Conners (NAVY) def. Manual Sanchez, Juan (DREXEL) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Nguyen, Nicholas (NAVY) vs. Wogen, Gustav (DREXEL) 5-7, 6-3, 6-5, unfinished

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