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Women’s Tennis Blanks Johns Hopkins, 7-0

Kaylah Hodge
Kaylah Hodge
Feb. 18, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women’s tennis team (7-4, 0-1 PL) blanked Johns Hopkins (0-1), 7-0, on Sunday at the Tose Family Tennis Center. Navy has won its last three matches by a combined score of 19-2. 

Johns Hopkins entered the match ranked 13th in the latest NCAA Division III poll.

“I thought we played a very solid match,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “Johns Hopkins is one of the top teams in Division III. We knew going in – regardless of them being DI, DII, or DIII – that we needed to come in and be ready, and that’s what we did today I was pretty pleased with our play today, but as always, there are things we need to work on. But it was a good match for us today.”

Navy used 12 different players in the match, as no Midshipman played both singles and doubles on Sunday.

“Our depth is our strength and we showed that today,” said Puryear. “We had no player play more than one match. The win today is a testament to the quality of the players we have up and down our lineup. It was a great team win.”

Navy junior Catalina Rico and freshman Miranda Deng opened the day with a 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles over Anjie Kashyap and Sophia Strickland. Sophomore Ansofi Wreder and junior Josie Rogers then closed out Katie Gauch and Margo Gerke at No. 3 doubles, 6-2.

Wreder is the reigning Patriot League Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.

Navy sophomores Aimee Dervishian and Danika Kahatapitiya made it a perfect 3-0 in doubles matches as they bested Kimberly Zou and Dhanya Asokumar at the No. 2 position, 6-3.

Sophomore Kaylah Hodge was the first Mid to finish her singles match, dealing Gauch a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at the No. 5 position. Senior captain Amanda Keller then defeated Kashyap on the first court, 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors made it 4-0 with her 6-3, 6-0 win over Strickland at No. 2 singles.

Freshman Amanda Cyr then defeated Chrissy Simon at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Claudia Mackenzie defeated Gerke at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-2) and senior Carlee Conway beat Zou at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-2.

Conway increased her team-high singles win total to 13-6.

“We came out really well at the start and we did a good of establishing the things we wanted to establish,” said Puryear. “I was pretty pleased with our doubles. Wreder and Rogers played their first official doubles match of the season. In the singles we won the first match of every set. We gathered the momentum and just kept rolling.”

Navy and Johns Hopkins were meeting for the first time in series history on Sunday.

The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals last season.

Navy will next host George Mason and Howard in a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Navy defeats Johns Hopkins, 7-0 
Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 3-0 (Order of finish: 1,3,2)
No. 1 Catalina Rico / Miranda Deng (Navy) def. Anjie Kashyap / Sophia Strickland (JHU), 6-1
No. 2 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Kimberly Zou / Dhanya Asokumar (JHU), 6-3
No. 3 Ansofi Wreder / Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Katie Gauch / Margo Gerke (JHU), 6-2

Singles (Order of finish: 5,1,2,6,4,3) No. 1 Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Anjie Kashyap (JHU), 6-1, 6-0 No. 2 Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Sophia Strickland (JHU), 6-3, 6-0 No. 3 Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Kimberly Zou (JHU), 6-4, 6-2 No. 4 Claudia Mackenzie (Navy) def. Margo Gerke (JHU), 6-1, 6-2 No. 5 Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Katie Gauch (JHU), 6-1, 6-2 No. 6 Amanda Cyr (Navy) def. Chrissy Simon (JHU), 6-2, 6-1



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