Feb. 17, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team wrapped up one of its best weekends in program history with a thrilling 4-3 victory over James Madison on Sunday afternoon at the Brigade Sports Complex.
The win was Navy's eighth in a row to improve the Midshipmen's record to 10-3 overall. The Mids ended their weekend with wins over Manhattan and Richmond, which was won eight of the last nine Atlantic 10 Championships, on Saturday, and then James Madison today.
"The ladies really need to be commended for their efforts this weekend with six-week exams and then to come out undefeated against three solid teams that included two excellent teams, it's just unbelievable," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "We are so proud of the way we played and to come back after losing the doubles point and trailing 3-1 showed a lot of heart and character."
Navy lost the doubles point by winning just 13 combined games to give James Madison a 1-0 match lead.
After Stefanie Ton (Sr. / Milpitas, Calif.) tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles over Michelle Nguyen.
However, James Madison won the next two completed matches as Nos. 4 and 1 to grab a 3-1 match lead, when the Mids started their rally.
Freshman Katie Porter (Matthews, N.C.) played a strong match at No. 6 singles to earn a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Megan Douglass to cut the Dukes' lead to 3-2.
Darien Sears (Jr. / Silver Spring, Md.) recorded a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win at No. 3 singles to tie the match score at 3-3.
"Darien was doing some of the things that we have been working on with her. It was nice to see her start to really put it together and see the improvement," said Puryear.
The last match came down to junior Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.), who after losing the first set and trailing in the second set, rallied to win the final completed match by a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 2 singles.
"The way Erin came back in her match after she was trailing in the second set showed a lot of grit and determination. It showed some of the maturity that this team has developed this season," said Puryear. "We obviously have to keep working hard to improve, but this is a big confidence boost for this team. It was a very good weekend."
Navy will host Seton Hall (9:00 AM) and Drexel (2:00 PM) next Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis.
NAVY 4, JAMES MADISON 3
GAMES WON: James Madison 81, Navy 78
Doubles Results: (Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2)
1) Nguyen / Pinchoff (JMU) d. Kaufmann / Snook, 8-3
2) Bulling / Wirth (JMU) d. Decquir / Droop, 8-5
3) Andrescu / Palmucci (JMU) d. Antill / Sears, 8-5
Singles Results: (Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 6, 3, 2)
1) Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) d. Emani Decquir, 6-4, 6-2
2) Erin Snook (Navy) d. Jacqueline Palmucci, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
3) Darien Sears (Navy) d. Ruxundra Andriescu, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
4) Katherine Bulling (JMU) d. Logan Antill, 6-2. 6-3
5) Stefanie Ton (Navy) d. Michelle Nguyen, 6-3, 6-2
6) Katie Porter (Navy) d. Megan Douglass, 6-4, 6-3
# GO NAVY #