Women's Tennis Edged by Penn State in Spring Opener, 4-3
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's tennis team (0-1) lost a close 4-3 match to visiting Penn State (1-0) in its spring dual season opener on Sunday at the Tose Family Tennis Center inside the Brigade Sports Complex. Navy won the doubles point, but the Nittany Lions rallied to win four of the six singles matches.
"We let some opportunities slide when we had the momentum," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "We weren't able to do a good job of executing at those times, and that came back to bite us. But overall it was a first good match to start the season. I give credit to Penn State. They lost the doubles point and lost four first sets in singles, but they kept fighting and came back on us. They are very well-coached."
The Mids opened the day by winning the doubles point, 2-1. Senior Amanda Keller and sophomore Kaylah Hodge won at the No. 1 position over Bennett Dunn and Shannon Hanley, 7-6, and senior Claudia Mackenzie and sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors bested Samantha Smith and Gabby O'Gorman, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.
Keller and Hodge improved to 9-3 on the season in doubles play, while Mackenzie and Louie-Meadors improved to 8-3 in doubles action.
Navy won the first set in four of the six singles matches, but were only able to finish the Nittany Lions at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
Louie-Meadors defeated Hanley at the No. 2 slot, 6-2, 6-3, while sophomore Ansofi Wreder beat Frederikke Svarre at the No. 3 position, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
Louie-Meadors improved to 8-3 in singles matches this season.
Keller lost a three-set match at the No. 1 singles position to O'Gorman, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, while junior Josie Rogers lost a three-set match to Dunn at the No. 5 position, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
With the overall match even at 3-3, Penn State's Hanna Wikberg closed out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Mackenzie at the No. 6 position to clinch the match for the Nittany Lions.
"I liked our intensity level and we did a good job of maintaining that throughout the match," said Puryear. "I liked our discipline. Our goal is to now take this match and use it as a stepping stone. We want to use this to spur us on for better things in the future."
This is the third time Navy and Penn State had met in women's tennis. Penn State had defeated Navy by scores of 7-0 in both 2014 and 2017.
Navy will next host St. Bonaventure and Saint Francis U on Saturday, January 20.
Penn State defeats Navy, 4-3 Doubles -- Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 No. 1 Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Bennett Dunn / Shannon Hanley (Penn State), 7-6 No. 2 Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Samantha Smith / Gabby O'Gorman (Penn State), 6-3 No. 3 Frederikke Svarre / Hanna Wikberg (Penn State) def. Carlee Conway / Catalina Rico (Navy), 6-3
Singles No. 1 Gabby O'Gorman (Penn State) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 No. 2 Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Shannon Hanley (Penn State), 6-2, 6-3 No. 3 Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Frederikke Svarre (Penn State), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 No. 4 Samantha Smith (Penn State) def. Carlee Conway (Navy), 6-2, 6-3 No. 5 Bennett Dunn (Penn State) def. Josie Rogers (Navy), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 No. 6 Hanna Wikberg (Penn State) def. Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4