Women’s Tennis Falls in First Road Match of Season
NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy women’s tennis team (2-2) dropped a 7-0 decision to Old Dominion (5-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk in the first road match of the 2018 dual season.
“All in all, I think it was a great learning experience,” head coach Keith Puryear said after the match. “Old Dominion came into the match really hot. They came in on a pretty good win streak. They had beaten UVa. They had beaten Richmond. They played the University of Tennessee really tough in a tight 4-3 match. Definitely, ODU presented some challenges, but I liked the way we faced up to them. As always, there were some things that we will look to improve upon, but there were some things that we can take with us into the rest of the season.”
The day began with doubles and the home team earned the point to gain the early advantage. The duo of Nataliia Vlasova and Victoria Olivarez defeated Navy’s Carlee Conway and Amanda Cyr, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles to put ODU one win away from claiming the doubles point. The Midshipmen’s top doubles tandem of Amanda Keller and Kaylah Hodge battled hard, but were edged, 6-4, by the Monarch’s duo of Holly Hutchinson and Yulia Starodubtseva. The final doubles match of the day was halted once the point was decided with Navy’s Catalina Rico and Miranda Deng knotted 5-5 with ODU’s Adriana Rajkovic and Natalya Malenko.
ODU increased its advantage to 3-0 with a pair of victories at No. 5 and No. 2 singles. The Monarch’s Rajkovic posted a straight-set victory over the Mids’ Josie Rogers, 6-0, 6-0, to push the lead to 2-0. Navy’s Emily Louie-Meadors fell 6-0 in the first set, but fought hard and closed the gap in the second set, getting edged 6-3.
Keller dropped a hard-fought match in the top spot for the Midshipmen. The senior dropped the first set 6-3 before falling 6-2 in the second set to Hutchinson. The match secured the overall victory for Old Dominion.
No. 3 and No. 4 singles saw Ansofi Wreder and Conway fell in straight sets, respectively. Wreder was edged 6-3 in the first set and nearly forced a third set, dropping a 6-4 decision to ODU’s Starodubtseva. Conway was unable force a third set, falling 6-2, 6-1 to Louie McLelland.
In the final match of the day, Hodge battled to three sets before succumbing to the Monarch’s Malenko in the No. 6 slot. Hodge needed extra points in the first set, but notched a 7-6 victory. In set two, Malenko was able to even the score with a 6-3 win to force a decisive third set. Hodge was unable to secure the point, yielding in the third set, 10-3.
Navy continues play on the road as the Midshipmen travel to the Nation’s Capital to take on George Washington in a dual match on Friday, Feb. 2, at 12:00 p.m.
Doubles – Old Dominion wins the doubles point, 2-0 (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
No. 1 Holly Hutchinson / Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy), 6-4
No. 2 Nataliia Vlasova / Victoria Olivarez (ODU) def. Carlee Conway / Amanda Cyr (Navy), 6-0
No. 3 Adriana Rajkovic / Natalya Malenko (ODU) def. Catalina Rico / Miranda Deng (Navy), 5-5 (DNF)
Singles (Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 6)
No. 1 Holly Hutchinson (ODU) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) def. Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy), 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. Ansofi Wreder (Navy), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Louie McLelland (ODU) def. Carlee Conway (Navy), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Josie Rogers (Navy), 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Natalya Malenko (ODU) def. Kaylah Hodge (Navy), 6-7 (2), 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)