Feb. 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis will play seven matches over the next two weeks and will kick things off on Friday night against Fairfield. Following the 6 p.m., match against the Stags, the Black Knights will host NJIT on Saturday at 2 p.m., before wrapping up the weekend against Marist on Sunday at 2 p.m. All three matches will be played at West Point’s Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
Army (2-1) last competed on Feb. 10, when it topped visiting Vassar 7-0 at Lichtenberg. Marist last competed at the Army Challenge Jan. 25-27, which featured matches against UNC Greensboro, Gardner Webb and the host Black Knights. The Red Fox’s match with Army will be its first true dual of the 2013 season. The Highlanders show a 6-1 record, most recently falling to James Madison, 5-2, on Feb. 16. NJIT will play one more match prior to its showdown with the Black Knights. The Stags are 4-1 this spring, last defeating St. Peter’s, 6-1, on Feb. 16.
The Black Knights’ trio of opponents this weekend are no strangers to Army, as all three have been on Army’s schedule for the past three seasons. Last season against these foes, the Black Knights lost at Fairfield, 4-3, in 2012’s season opener, before topping NJIT, 5-2, at West Point. Army lost to regional foe Marist in its regular-season finale in Poughkeepsie, 5-2. The Black Knights’ setback to the Stags was their first in series history as Army carries a 4-1 record against Fairfield. Army remains undefeated against the Highlanders, sporting a 4-0. Against the Red Foxes, the Black Knights are 14-4.
Freshman Harrison McCormick is off to a fast start during his first collegiate dual season, showing 3-0 records in both singles and doubles play. McCormick has played at No. 5 singles the last two matches, earning straight-set victories in both. The Army plebe was responsible for the Black Knights’ lone point in a 6-1 loss at No. 56 Arkansas, winning at No. 6 in three sets. In doubles play, McCormick teamed with junior Asika Isoh for wins against the Razorbacks and Vassar, while also pairing with classmate Caison Best for a victory against Oral Roberts.
Following this weekend’s matches, Army will have yet another big weekend when the Black Knights host Boston University, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac and Monmouth March 1-3 at Lichtenberg Tennis Center.