Women’s Tennis Extends Winning Streak to Seven with Doubleheader Sweep
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women’s tennis team (11-4, 0-1 PL) extended its winning streak to seven matches by sweeping a doubleheader against Delaware (3-4) and Morgan State (1-6) on Saturday. Navy defeated Delaware in the first match, 6-1, before taking down Morgan State with the same 6-1 score in the second match.
Navy’s seven-match winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest in program history. Navy has also now won at least 10 dual matches in all nine varsity seasons of the program’s existence.
In the win against Delaware, Navy won the doubles point by taking two of the three matches. Junior Catalina Rico and freshman Amanda Cyr blanked Arielle Shuren and Sarah Whited at the No. 3 position, 6-0, and then senior Claudia Mackenzie and sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors knocked off Sarah Hall and Amanda Studnicki at the No. 2 slot, 6-4.
Mackenzie and Louie-Meadors won their seventh-straight doubles match to improve to 14-3 on the season.
Navy fell at the No. 1 singles position in a tiebreak, but won the other five singles matches for the 6-1 team win over the Blue Hens.
Louie-Meadors bested Sara Komer at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2, and sophomore Ansofi Wreder defeated Whited at No. 3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
Senior Carlee Conway posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Studnicki at the No. 4 position. Conway is now 15-6 in singles play this season and leads Navy in singles victories.
“I thought we played extremely focused against Delaware,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “This was a team that beat us last year 5-2, was regionally ranked, and their No. 1 doubles was also regionally ranked. The match definitely presented some challenges. I liked the way we faced up to those challenges. We had a quite a few matches where things got a little tight. I liked how we persevered and just continued to just focus on the things we knew we needed to do to be successful. We were able to just ride out some of the storms and the ebbs and flows that come with any match.”
Navy improved to 6-2 all-time against Delaware.
In the second match of the day, the Midshipmen defeated a short-handed Morgan State squad.
Navy quickly went ahead 3-0 in the match after winning by default at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, before freshman Miranda Deng clinched the team win at No. 4 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dana Santiago.
Freshman Brooke Bogdanovich won at No. 2 singles over Rooke, 6-1, 6-2, while Dervishian scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oriane Yehouenou on the No. 3 court.
“In the second match today Morgan was down two players,” said Puryear. “I have to give them credit. They really showed some spunk. They continued to fight and challenge us. I really liked our focus and a lot of things we did on the court.”
Navy is now 7-0 all-time against Morgan State.
“All in all, it was a good day for Navy women’s tennis,” said Puryear. “We will have to be ready for tomorrow’s match against a good Richmond team.”
Navy will next host Richmond (1-5) on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Tose Family Tennis Center inside the Brigade Sports Complex.
Navy defeats Delaware, 6-1 Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Order of finish: 3,1,2) No. 1 Brooke Pilkington / Sara Komer (Delaware) def. Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy), 6-3 No. 2 Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Sarah Hall / Amanda Studnicki (Delaware), 6-4 No. 3 Catalina Rico / Amanda Cyr (Navy) def. Arielle Shuren / Sarah Whited (Delaware), 6-0
Singles (Order of finish: 2,6,4,5,1,3) No. 1 Brooke Pilkington (Delaware) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) No. 2 Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Sara Komer (Delaware), 6-0, 6-2 No. 3 Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Sarah Whited (Delaware), 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) No. 4 Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Amanda Studnicki (Delaware), 6-4, 6-4 No. 5 Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Sarah Hall (Delaware), 6-2, 7-5 No. 6 Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Draga Sabotic (Delaware), 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
Navy defeats Morgan State, 6-1 Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 3-0 (Order of finish: 3,1,2) No. 1 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Danielle Thompson / Peggy Rooke (Morgan), 6-1 No. 2 Oriane Yehouenou / Dana Santiago (Morgan) def. Meghan O’Malley / Tina Li (Navy), 6-4 No. 3 Catalina Rico / Miranda Deng (Navy) won by default
Singles (Order of finish: 5,6,4,2,3,1) No. 1 Danielle Thompson (Morgan) def. Amanda Cyr (Navy), 7-6, 7-6 (10-8) No. 2 Brooke Bogdanovich (Navy) def. Peggy Rooke (Morgan), 6-1, 6-2 No. 3 Aimee Dervishian (Navy) def. Oriane Yehouenou (Morgan), 6-2, 6-2 No. 4 Miranda Deng (Navy) def. Dana Santiago (Morgan), 6-2, 6-1 No. 5 Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) won by default No. 6 Meghan O’Malley (Navy) won by default