March 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's tennis team (12-3) defeated visiting Towson (5-2), 6-1, at the Tose Family Tennis Center in the Brigade Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. Navy won the doubles point and then won five singles matches in straight sets.
Senior Erin Snook and sophomore Katie Porter teamed up at No. 2 doubles to defeat Ariel Burke and Sophie Lesage, 8-3. After Navy lost at No. 1 doubles, the No. 3 team of senior captain Darien Sears and sophomore Sam Droop knocked off Lorena Ferrer and Cailey Easdale, 8-6, to secure the doubles point.
"The doubles point was pretty tight," said head coach Keith Puryear. "It was up in the air until that very last match. We started off a little slow in No. 2 and then picked it up in the middle of the set and rode that momentum to take that match.
"At No. 1 doubles we had opportunities early and were in control of the match, but to Towson's credit they really did a good job of hanging around and then once momentum changed they were able to really step it up and get the point. Then at No. 3 doubles Sam and Darien went back-and-forth and I thought Darien stepped up pretty well and made her presence known. She was the difference."
Sears then made quick work of Ayana Dow at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and then Porter defeated Burke at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2 as Navy jumped out to the 3-0 lead.
Snook then clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Nani Lizana at No. 1 singles.
Navy would also get singles wins from junior Gabby Winter at No. 4 over Nisha Shah, 6-2, 6-2, and from Droop at No. 3 over Ferrar, 6-4, 6-2.
"In singles we really came out hot," said Puryear. "We won the first set on every court and that really set the tone and we were able to roll in most of the matches."
Towson's only singles win came at No. 5 and Lesage needed to rally to defeat Navy's Noelle Kaufmann, 6-7 (7-1), 7-5, 1-0 (10-4).
"I thought Noelle had some chances, but the young lady from Towson did a good job of extending points and mixing up the pace and she was able to secure the victory in the third-set tiebreaker."
Navy is now 4-0 all-time against Towson, who entered the match at 5-1. All four of Navy's wins have been by 6-1 scores.
"It was a very good Towson team that was on a hot streak," said Puryear. "I thought we did a really good job of establishing the things we needed to do."
Sears now has 125 combined career wins with her 73 singles wins and 52 career doubles wins. Sears ranks third in school history in combined wins behind Snook (135) and 2013 graduate Emani Decquir (127).
Navy will next host Delaware (2-2) on Tuesday, March 4 at 2:30 PM at the Tose Family Tennis Center in the Brigade Sports Complex.
Navy def. Towson, 6-1
Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Finish: 2,1,3)
No. 1 Ayana Dow/Nani Lizana (T) def. Noelle Kaufmann/Mikaela Carlson, 8-5
No. 2 Erin Snook/Katie Porter (N) def. Ariel Burke/Sophie Lesage, 8-3
No. 3 Darien Sears/Sam Droop (N) def. Lorena Ferrer/Cailey Easdale, 8-6
Singles (Finish: 2,6,1,4,3,5)
No. 1 Erin Snook (N) def. Nani Lizana, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Darien Sears (N) def. Ayana Dow, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Sam Droop (N) def. Lorena Ferrar, 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Gabby Winter (N) def. Nisha Shah, 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Sophia Lesage (T) def. Noelle Kaufmann, 6-7 (7-1), 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 6 Katie Porter (N) def. Ariel Burke, 6-1, 6-2