Women’s Tennis Edges Richmond, 4-3, to Extend Winning Streak
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women’s tennis team (12-4, 0-1 PL) earned a 4-3 victory over Richmond (1-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Tose Family Tennis Center to extend its winning streak to eight matches. The eight-match winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest in school history.
Navy won three matches this weekend as the team also posted wins over Delaware (6-1) and Morgan State (6-1) on Saturday.
“Great weekend for the ladies,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “To beat three teams of the level of these is impressive. Kudos go to every member of the team because all played a part in the weekend’s results. We came out strong in today’s doubles matches. Sweeping a team like Richmond is impressive and tough to do. We then kept the momentum gathered going into the singles.”
Navy opened the match with a very strong showing in doubles play, sweeping the three matches to earn the doubles point.
Senior captain Amanda Keller and sophomore Kaylah Hodge bested Richmond’s Kiana Marshall and Lyndell Giffenig at No. 1 doubles, 6-2. Senior Claudia Mackenzie and sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors beat Emily Dunbar and Dessi Zlateva at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, and sophomores Aimee Dervishian and Danika Kahatapitiya defeated Lea Owens and Ana Ramirez at No. 3 doubles, 6-2.
Mackenzie and Louie-Meadors won their eighth-straight doubles match to improve to 15-3 on the season as a doubles pairing. Keller and Hodge improved to 16-5 in doubles play, while Dervishian and Kahatapitiya are now 11-4.
Navy then won three-straight singles matches to clinch the team victory at 4-0. Richmond won the last three singles matches after the contest was already decided to cut the final margin to 4-3.
Junior Josie Rogers was the first Mid to close out her singles match, taking a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ramirez on court No. 5.
Sophomore Ansofi Wreder then knocked off Owens at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3.
Louie-Meadors then earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles over Zlateva to put Navy ahead at 4-0.
Navy battled in the other singles matches after the contest was decided and two of Richmond’s singles wins over Keller and senior Carlee Conway went to three sets.
“Amanda Keller, Carlee Conway and Kaylah Hodge all lost tough ones today, like Amanda Keller and Amanda Cyr did yesterday,” said Puryear. “In each case there were great takeaways for their continued improvement.”
Navy evened the all-time series against Richmond at 3-3 and avenged last season’s 4-3 loss to the Spiders.
Navy will next host Marshall on Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 AM.
Navy defeats Richmond, 4-3 Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 3-0 (Order of finish: 2,1,3) No. 1 Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Kiana Marshall / Lyndell Giffenig (Richmond), 6-2 No. 2 Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Emily Dunbar / Dessi Zlateva (Richmond), 6-1 No. 3 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Lea Owens / Ana Ramirez (Richmond), 6-2
Singles (Order of finish: 5,3,2,1,6,4) No. 1 Emily Dunbar (Richmond) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 No. 2 Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Dessi Zlateva (Richmond), 6-3, 6-4 No. 3 Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Lea Owens (Richmond), 6-3, 6-3 No. 4 Kiana Marshall (Richmond) def. Carlee Conway (Navy), 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 No. 5 Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Ana Ramirez (Richmond), 6-2, 6-3 No. 6 Gaby Rosales (Richmond) def. Kaylah Hodge (Navy), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)