ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Second-seeded Navy advanced to the Patriot League men’s tennis quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory over Loyola University Maryland at the Tose Family Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
The Mids clinched the quarterfinal victory by taking the doubles point and winning three of the six singles matches that were finished.
In doubles action, Zach Jennings and Gabriel Pilones won their number two doubles match over Reid Burch and C.J. Cash, 6-1. At number three doubles, Krishna Jana and Aries Wong posted a 6-1 win over Brian Hoffarth and Kyle Gower.
The number one doubles match between Loyola’s duo of Blest Jones and Brett Shriver and Navy’s Greg Durham and Thomas Pecor was unfinished with Navy leading, 4-2.
Jones, who became Loyola’s all-time record holder with 67 singles wins in a victory over Rider on Monday, was unable to complete his number one singles match against Pecor. Pecor was leading by 4-2 in the first set when the match ended.
Wong earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Hoffarth at number two singles while Durham defeated Burch 6-4, 6-1 at number three singles.
Jennings clinched the quarterfinal win for Navy when he defeated Cash, 6-3, 6-2 at number five singles.
The number four singles match between Pilones and Loyola’s Tyler Blessing ended with Blessing leading in the second set, 1-0. In the first set, Pilones pulled out a close 7-6 decision.
At number six singles, Matthew Lee of Navy held a slight lead over the Greyhounds’ Matt Fitzmaurice when the match ended. Lee won the first set, 7-6 (7-5) and owned a 3-2 lead in the second set.
Now 21-17 on the season, Navy will face sixth-seeded Bucknell University in the Patriot League semifinals on Saturday.