Army Hosts Sacred Heart Friday

Alex Van Velzer

Alex Van Velzer

March 27, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's tennis team will look to build off a strong Patriot League start when it returns to nonconference action against Sacred Heart on Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. The match will be contested at West Point's Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

Army (11-4) went undefeated last weekend to begin 3-0 in Patriot League competition. The Black Knights picked up 7-0 victories over Holy Cross and Lafayette on March 22 before blanking Colgate, 7-0, on March 23.

A total of 12 Army players won in straight sets over the course of the three matches, including senior Asika Isoh, junior Alex Van Velzer, sophomores Caison Best and Harrison McCormick and freshmen Sam Lampman and Grant Riechmann, who all came away with a pair of singles wins.

In doubles play, the Black Knights kept the visiting teams at a distance, allowing opponents to come as close as an 8-5 margin in just three of the nine matches over the weekend.

Sacred Heart (3-7) is coming off a 5-2 Northeast Conference setback against Fairleigh Dickinson on March 22. Senior Kevin Budrawich rallied for a 6-7, 7-6, 14-12 win from the fourth singles position, while freshman Anthony Savio also picked up a singles victory with a 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 decision at No. 6.

Army is 1-1 all-time against Sacred Heart. The Black Knights topped the Pioneers, 7-0, at West Point last season after Sacred Heart came out on top with a 5-2 win in 2011.

After Friday, Army returns to action on Sunday, March 30 when it makes the trip to Fairfield, Conn., for a 12 p.m. nonconference match at Fairfield.

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