Men’s Tennis closes out weekend with 27 victories against Air Force

November 12th, 2020 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
The Army West Point men’s tennis team closed out its weekend long tournament with the U.S. Air Force Academy Saturday afternoon in the final two rounds of doubles and singles play. The Black Knights and the Falcons competed in a total of 53 matches through three days, with the Black Knights coming out victorious in 27 matches.

By Erin McNeely
Army Athletic Communications

The Army West Point men’s tennis team closed out its weekend long tournament with the U.S. Air Force Academy Saturday afternoon in the final two rounds of doubles and singles play.
The Black Knights and the Falcons competed in a total of 53 matches through three days, with the Black Knights coming out victorious in 27 matches.
After a dominant performance in singles play on Friday afternoon, Army returned for play Saturday morning, eager to carry over their success into the third and final round of doubles. In the opening bracket of East vs West, both teams split at an even three victories a piece. The teams of junior Diego Huttepain/freshman Jake Huarte, junior David Gorshein/freshman Samuel Haikal and freshmen Daniel Zhou/Paul Roberts each recorded a win for Army with scores of 8-6, 8-3 and 8-4 respectively.
When the duos met again in the final round, Army took the advantage on Air Force, capturing wins in four of the six final matchups.
Gorshein/Haikal and Zhou/Roberts picked up their second team wins of the day with added victories from junior Nikita Larichev/sophomore Samuel Eden and sophomores Nathan Jose/Stanley Liu.
The Black Knights struggled to find momentum in the final round of singles, notching five total wins between the Black/Blue and Gold/Silver matchups.
In the Black/Blue bracket, Huttepain started the afternoon with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory against Air Force’s Baylon followed by a 6-3, 6-3 win by Zhou over Vroman.
Army took three hard fought victories in the Gold/Silver bracket, with individual wins by Huarte (6-2, 6-2), Haikal (6-2, 1-6, 10-7) and Jose (3-6, 6-2, 10-1).
“This was one of the greatest tennis weekends we have ever had the pleasure of playing in,” said head coach Jim Poling. “We divided both teams into groups of three, so our players got to play doubles matches and singles matches against each of the Air Force players in the appropriate group.
“In the three days, counting singles and doubles, we played a total of 53 matches. It was some great tennis. The winner of the Black and Blue group was Justin Waldman, of AF, who beat Thomas Lake in an exciting match with a tie breaker for the third,” Poling added. “Although there was no actual team winner our guys won 27 matches. I am really proud of our guys for their hard work against a very good Air Force team and we really enjoyed getting to host them this weekend.”