Women’s Tennis Edged by James Madison, 4-3
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s tennis team came up just short, dropping a 4-3 decision to James Madison on Friday afternoon at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex. The Midshipmen (4-4) opened up the scoring by winning the doubles point, but four straight singles victories by the Dukes (4-0) clinched the match for the visitors. The Mids closed out the match with two wins to provide the final margin.
“They are a good team, as are we,” head coach Keith Puryear said after the match. “It is a bit disappointing. We were in it and had some chances. Sometimes you have to have some disappointments like this so you can move on and become a better team. That is what we are going to do. We have to get ready for two more challenging matches on Sunday against two difficult teams in Villanova and Towson.”
In doubles, the No. 1 tandem of Amanda Keller (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Kaylah Hodge (Upper Marlboro, Md.) made short work of JMU’s duo of Liz Norman and Kimmy Herrock, posting a 6-1 victory. Navy’s Claudia Mackenzie (Surfside, Fla.) and Emily Louie-Meadors (Gainesville, Fla.) notched a 6-2 win over James Madison’s Anna Makarova and Emma Petersen to win the doubles point for the Mids. The Dukes claimed the final doubles slot as Jona Roka and Dylan Owens edged out the Midshipmen’s No. 3 doubles pair of Catalina Rico (San Jose, Calif.) and Miranda Deng (North Potomac, Md.), 6-4.
James Madison tied the score at 1-1 with a victory by Roka at No. 2 singles over Louie-Meadors, 6-0, 6-3. The Dukes claimed the lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles as Petersen outlasted Carlee Conway (Grand Island, N.Y.).
JMU earned the overall victory with wins at No. 6 and No. 1 singles. At No. 6 singles, Herrock bested Mackenzie, 6-3, 6-3, to put the visitors in front 3-1. Norman sealed the win for the Dukes, nothing a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Keller.
The Midshipmen closed out the meet with a pair of victories. At No. 5 singles, Josie Rogers (Kingsport, Tenn.) won the first set 6-2, but battled to extra points to claim the straight-set victory, 7-6 (6), in a tiebreaker. Ansofi Wreder (Miami, Fla.) needed three sets to dispatch of the Dukes Makarova in the No. 3 slot. The sophomore fell 6-7 (5) in the first set, but rallied to claim the second set, 6-3. In the decisive final set Wreder posted a 6-3 win to provide the final overall score of 4-3.
The Navy women’s tennis team continues play this weekend as the Midshipmen host Villanova and Towson at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex this Sunday. The first match against Villanova is slated for 10:00 a.m., while Towson is set for 2:00 p.m. Admission is free for all Navy women’s tennis matches.
James Madison (4-0) defeats Navy (4-4), 4-3
Doubles – Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3)
No. 1 Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Liz Norman / Kimmy Herrock (JMU), 6-1
No. 2 Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Anna Makarova / Emma Petersen (JMU), 6-2
No. 3 Jona Roka / Dylan Owens (JMU) def. Catalina Rico / Miranda Deng (Navy), 6-4
Singles (Order of finish: 2, 4, 6, 1, 5, 3)
No. 1 Liz Norman (JMU) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 6-3, 7-6 (6)
No. 2 Jona Roka (JMU) def. Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy), 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Anna Makarova (JMU), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Emma Petersen (JMU) def. Carlee Conway (Navy), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Diane Flament (JMU), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
No. 6 Kimmy Herrock (JMU) def. Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), 6-3, 6-3