The Army West Point Men’s Tennis team battled to the final singles bout yesterday afternoon in an exciting 4-3 victory over Monmouth University to start the season 2-0 in non-conference play.
The Black Knights got off to a hot start in doubles, winning two of three matchups to take the opening doubles team point. Thomas Lake and Daniel Zhou started things off with a dominant 6-1 victory in the No. 1 slot over Monmouth's Martinez and Gortzounian. Diego Huttepain and Samuel Eden sealed the deal at No. 3, taking a 6-2 victory to put Army ahead 1-0. Despite losing the doubles point, the Hawks came back with a vengeance in singles play, taking the Black Knights to the third set in all six singles matchups, and the last two matches to tiebreakers.
Daniel Zhou and Sergio Martinez were the first to battle it out, setting the pace for the remainder of the afternoon. Zhou, Lake and David Gorshein all took an opening set victory but couldn't gain enough momentum to close it out in the third. The Black Knights grabbed their first singles victory in the No. 5 slot as plebe Jake Huarte moved past Gabe Busato in a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) contest.
The match came down to the final two matchups in Eden and Huttepain, each competing to a third set tiebreaker against the Hawks. Eden was the first two claim victory, moving past Victor Castro 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) and Huttepain brought it home for the Black Knights in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9) contest. Sunday's victory marked Army's second consecutive win of the year before heading to Colorado Springs to compete against rival Air Force next weekend. Read more.