BALTIMORE - Reid Burch rallied from a first-set loss to win at No. 3 singles for Loyola University Maryland men's tennis, but his was the lone point for the Greyhounds in a 6-1 loss to the U.S. Naval Academy on Wednesday afternoon at the McClure Tennis Center.
Burch trailed Krishna Jana after the first set, a 5-7 win by Jana, but he came back to even the match with a tiebreaker win in the second, 7-6 (4). Burch then won the super-tiebreaker third, 10-7, to score the point for Loyola. The win was the first for a Loyola men's player at the newly-opened McClure Tennis Center.
Two other Loyola players stretched their matches to a third set, but Navy was able to pull out the points in each of those contests. After Navy took the doubles point, the teams settled into doubles play, and Navy secured straight sets wins in the second, fourth and fifth singles slots.
Greg Olesnycky, however, delivered a 6-4 first-set win at No. 1 singles for Loyola. Walker Sims, however, came back to win the final two sets, 6-2, 6-3, to claim the victory.
Alex Castro also had a first-set win for the Greyhounds at No. 6 singles, going up with a 7-6 (4) score over Joshua Martin. The Navy player, however won the second set, 6-4, and took the super tiebreaker, 11-9.
Loyola's men's and women's tennis will take the rest of the week off for the Easter holiday before hosting Rider University at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 6.