WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army senior men's tennis player Tripp Johnson will be writing a blog featured on www.goarmysports.com during next week's trip to Greenville, S.C. The Black Knights (5-7, 1-0 PL) will be competing at the Chick-Fil-A Doubles Invitational before playing dual matches against Wofford, Buffalo and Furman.
The lone senior on the Army roster, Johnson will be keeping Black Knight fans up-to-date with the happenings both on and off the courts in South Carolina.
Johnson is 7-8 this spring, 9-17 overall. He ranks tied for first with freshman Asika Isoh with seven dual-match wins, while his nine overall victories are second behind Isoh's 12 'Ws'. Johnson owns a team-best 12 doubles victories this year, including a 10-12 mark at the No. 1 spot. Isoh is second with an 11-13 record.
Tuesday's match against Wofford marks the first meeting between the schools in program history. The Terriers own a 4-6 record, including a 0-1 mark in Southern Conference matches. Alan Donald has totaled a team-best six wins (6-4) this season, while Tinus Van Wyk represents Wofford at No. 1 singles, owning a 2-6 record.
Army and Buffalo have met twice in dual meets with the Black Knights prevailing in both contests (2004, 2005). The Black Knights and Bulls met briefly during this season's fall campaign, playing three singles matches at the Cornell Invite on Oct. 29. Buffalo won all three contests, as Johnson, sophomore Alex Holland, and junior Donald Van Velzer all took losses.
Buffalo heads to South Carolina with a 3-2 mark this season, most recently defeating Youngstown State, 6-1, on Feb. 27. Vusa Hove owns a team-best 14-5 record this year, while Wojciech Starakiewicz has gone 4-0 at No. 1 singles in dual matches.
Army and Furman have met two times in program history, with the Paladins owning a 2-0 advantage. The Black Knights fell 5-2 at Greenville in 2005, followed by a 7-0 defeat at West Point in 2009. Junior Donald Van Velzer is the lone active Black Knight with dual-match experience against Furman. Van Velzer faced Furman's current No. 1 singles man, Sawyer Duncan, at No. 4 singles in the 2009 match. Duncan prevailed, 6-0, 6-3.
Furman currently owns a 2-11 mark this season, most recently beating St. John's, 4-3, on March 9 in Charleston, S.C. Joel Cook owns a team-best five wins this year, while Sawyer has compiled at 3-9 mark at No. 1 singles. Sawyer has teamed with Andrew Mellow at No. 1 doubles for a 4-6 record.
Following the spring break trip to South Carolina, Army will return home to host a trio of Patriot League foes as Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh all travel to West Point, March 26-27. The Black Knights are 1-0 in conference matches this season after opening with a 4-3 win at Colgate on March 6.