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Women’s Tennis Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader

Amanda Keller
Amanda Keller
Feb. 25, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women’s tennis team (9-4, 0-1 PL) swept a doubleheader on Sunday at the Tose Family Tennis Center, defeating George Mason (2-6), 6-1, and Howard (1-4), 7-0. Navy has now won five-straight matches. 

“We played two strong opponents who have both given us some real difficulty in the past,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “We came out too slowly against George Mason and lost the doubles point, but I liked what I saw across the board in singles. Our play in doubles was better in the second match as well.”

In the opening match of the day against George Mason, Navy dropped the doubles point, 2-1, but rebounded to win all six singles matches for the 6-1 win.

Navy’s lone doubles win came at the No. 1 position, where senior Amanda Keller and sophomore Kaylah Hodge defeated George Mason’s Sydney Green and Rachel Lee, 6-1.

With the win Keller became Navy’s all-time leader in career doubles victories with 62. Keller has a career record of 62-29 and she passed 2014 graduate Erin Snook who was 61-64.

Keller and Hodge are a team-best 15-4 in doubles play this season.

Keller also won a singles match in the contest against George Mason, defeating Green at the No. 1 singles position, 6-2, 6-1.

Senior Carlee Conway defeated Brianna Gibbs at the No. 2 singles position in a tiebreaker, 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8).

Junior Josie Rogers bested Hannah Yang at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3, while freshman Amanda Cyr defeated Christine McCarthy at the No. 4 position, 6-0, 6-0.

Freshman Brooke Bogdanovich defeated Kayleigh Hahn at the No. 5 position, 6-1, 6-1, and sophomore Danika Kahatapitiyia won at No. 6 singles over Nicole Haigwood, 6-4, 6-3.

Navy improves to 8-0 all-time against George Mason.

Navy won all three doubles matches and all six singles matches in the 7-0 win over Howard.

In doubles play, sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors and senior Claudia Mackenzie won at the No. 1 position over Nathalie Finch and Kindha Nasef, 6-0. Sophomore Aimee Dervishian and Kahatapitiya defeated Christina Joynes and Aria Ragas at the No. 2 position, 6-1, while senior Isabel Balsavage and Conway bested Yassmine Khiri and Sajela Harlow at the No. 3 position, 6-3.

Sophomore Ansofi Wreder had a quick match at No. 2 singles against Khiri (2-0, retired) and Louie-Meadors defeated Finch at the No. 1 court, 6-0, 6-2.

Cyr won her second singles match of the day by beating Nasef at the No. 3 position, 6-0, 6-3, and freshman Miranda Deng bested Joynes in straight sets at the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-2.

Junior Catalina Rico defeated Harlow at the No. 5 singles position, 6-4, 6-2, and sophomore Meghan O’Malley rallied to beat Ragas at the No. 6 position, 1-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-7).

Navy is now 8-0 all-time against Howard.

“Today was a real testament to the depth that we have,” said Puryear. “Between the two matches, everybody played today. I liked the progress that we are making, but we have to keep pushing. We are coming in to some more tough matches and conference matches lie just ahead.”

Navy will next host Delaware and Morgan State on Saturday, March 3.

Navy defeats George Mason, 6-1
Doubles - George Mason wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Order of finish: 1,3,2)
No. 1 Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Sydney Green / Rachel Lee (Mason), 6-1
No. 2 Brianna Gibbs / Hannah Yang (Mason) def. Catalina Rico / Miranda Deng (Navy), 6-4
No. 3 Hannah Cianciola / Christine McCarthy (Mason) def. Josie Rogers / Ansofi Wreder (Navy), 6-3

Singles (Order of finish: 1,4,5,6,3,2) No. 1 Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Sydney Green (Mason), 6-2, 6-1 No. 2 Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Brianna Gibbs (Mason), 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) No. 3 Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Hannah Yang (Mason), 6-3, 6-3 No. 4 Amanda Cyr (Navy) def. Christine McCarthy (Mason), 6-0, 6-0 No. 5 Brooke Bogdanovich (Navy) def. Kayleigh Hahn (Mason), 6-1, 6-1 No. 6 Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Nicole Haigwood (Mason), 6-4, 6-3

Navy defeats Howard, 7-0 Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 3-0 (Order of finish: 1,2,3) No. 1 Emily Louie-Meadors / Claudia Mackenzie (Navy) def. Nathalie Finch / Kindha Nasef (Howard), 6-0 No. 2 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Christina Joynes / Aria Ragas (Howard), 6-1 No. 3 Isabel Balsavage / Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Yassmine Khiri / Sajela Harlow (Howard), 6-3

Singles (Order of finish: 2,1,3,4,5,6) No. 1 Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Nathalie Finch (Howard), 6-0, 6-2 No. 2 Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Yassmine Khiri (Howard), 2-0, retired No. 3 Amanda Cyr (Navy) def. Kindha Nasef (Howard), 6-0, 6-3 No. 4 Miranda Deng (Navy) def. Christina Joynes (Howard), 6-2, 6-2 No. 5 Catalina Rico (Navy) def. Sajela Harlow (Howard), 6-4, 6-2 No. 6 Meghan O’Malley (Navy) def. Aria Ragas (Howard), 1-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-7)



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