April 26, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Seeking its first conference final appearance since 1999, the Boston University men's tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Navy on Saturday afternoon on Army's campus. The match started outdoors at the Malek Tennis Courts but was later moved indoors to the Lichtenberg Tennis Center when rain began to fall during early portion of singles action.
With their second one-point loss of the season, the Terriers end the year at 9-10, while Navy advances to the Patriot League title match with a record of 18-9.
BU won two of the three doubles matches to grab a 1-0 lead, but the Midshipmen claimed the top four singles points in straight sets for the semifinal victory.
Sophomore Stefan Lemire and freshman Mario Sandoval posted an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Navy won the No. 3 match, 8-5, but seniors Chanon Varapongsittikul and Jesse Frieder gave BU the early 1-0 lead with the 8-5 victory in the top slot.
Navy's Blake Daniel dropped just three games at No. 4 singles to tie the contest at 1-1, but freshman Jay Leelavanich's 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 6 pushed. Classmate Lucas Bombonatti pulled out a 7-6, 6-2 win in the No. 5 slot to put the Terriers within one point of the Patriot League title match.
The Mids got the break points when needed in the top three singles matches to pull out the team victory. Navy topped Varapongsittikul (#1) and Lemire (#3) by identical scores of 6-3, 6-4.
Senior Jesse Frieder
dropped a first-set tiebreaker at No. 2 and eventually fell to Austin Jones, 7-6, 6-2, in the decisive match.
Navy 4, Boston University 3
Apr 26, 2014 at West Point, N.Y. (Malek Tennis Courts)
1. Calvin Mark (NAVY) def. Chanon Varapongsittikul (BU): 6-3, 6-4
2. Austin Jones (NAVY) def. Jesse Frieder (BU): 7-6, 6-2
3. Thomas Pecor (NAVY) def. Stefan Lemire (BU): 6-3, 6-4
4. Blake Daniel (NAVY) def. Mario Sandoval (BU): 6-0, 6-3
5. Lucas Bombonatti (BU) def. Krishna Jana (NAVY): 7-6, 6-2
6. Jay Leelavanich (BU) def. Tyler Tossavainen (NAVY) 6-1, 6-3
1. Varapongsittikul/Frieder (BU) def. Jones/Pecor (NAVY): 8-5
2. Lemire/Sandoval (BU) def. Mark/Daniel (NAVY): 8-3
3. Jana/Alex Gaines (NAVY) def. Leelavanich / Jake De Vries (BU): 8-5
Boston University: 9-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,5,1,3,2)
Patriot League semifinals