Annapolis, Md.- The UMBC men's tennis team completed the regular season in outstanding fashion, defeating Navy, 6-1, at the USNA Tennis Courts.
UMBC evened its record at 9-9, heading into next weekend's America East Conference Tournament. Navy slipped to 16-8 on the campaign.
"I was really proud of the guys today bouncing back from a flat performance againstBinghamton to defeat a tough Navy squad," head coach Rob Hubbard said.
The Retrievers came out strong to capture the doubles point, winning matches at the Nos. 2 and 3 slots. At the No. 2 position, a pair of freshmen, Juan Manuel Aranzazu (Ibague,Colombia) and Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School) defeated Tyler Burnett and Marcus Rebersak, 8-2, followed by a victory by senior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz.) and freshman Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley), 8-4, at the No. 3 position.
Patel and Aranzazu gave the Retrievers a 3-0 lead with straight-set singles victories. Patel knocked off Alex Sisk, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 6 position and Aranzazu bested Daniel Blake, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 3 hole.
Junior Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) clinched the match for the Retrievers with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Navy's Nicholas Gutsche at No. 4 singles.
Senior Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania) and Adewumi added on the fifth and sixth points for UMBC. Hodel took the top flight singles match, outlasting Calvin Mark, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), while Adewumi won his 99th career match, rallying to defeat Peter McDonald, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) at the No. 2 position.
Seeding for the America East Tournament will be announced this week. The tournament will be contested at the U.S. National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.l