Women’s Tennis Blanks Longwood, 7-0
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s tennis team (10-8) blanked Longwood (1-7), 7-0, on Monday afternoon at the Tose Family Tennis Center. The Mids have won five of their last six matches.
Navy opened the day by winning the doubles point, 2-1. Senior Audrey Channell and freshman Danika Kahatapitiya paired up to beat Paloma Alatorre and Jamie Breunig at the No. 2 position, 6-3, to take a 1-0 lead in doubles play. Longwood was victorious at No. 3 doubles, but junior Claudia Mackenzie and freshman Emily Louie-Meadors clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 win over Marija Venta and Fallon Burger at the No. 1 position, 7-5.
Navy then won all six singles matches to earn the 7-0 win over the Lancers.
Freshman Meghan O’Malley won at No. 5 singles over Anna Pelak, 7-5, 6-2, while Kahatapitiya beat Burger at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-3. O’Malley improved to 6-1 in dual matches and 10-2 overall in singles action this year.
“Longwood has played some teams very tough and they can be a dangerous opponent,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “We went in with a healthy amount of respect for them and I was pleased with how we played. It was a good performance for our team.”
Navy is now 7-0 all-time against Longwood.
Navy will next head to Orlando to play four matches over spring break. Navy will face Bryant and Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, March 13 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. On the following day (March 14), Navy will meet Syracuse at the Lakeland-Kelly Rec Courts in the afternoon before heading back to the USTA National Campus to play Northern Iowa in the evening.
“Our spring break trips have been invaluable for us,” said Puryear. “It’s great to get the team on the road together and do some bonding. It will also be great to play some outdoor matches after being indoors all spring. It will be good to get out in the elements and the competition will also be very good. Hopefully that will prepare us for conference play when we return.”
Navy defeats Longwood, 7-0 Doubles – Navy wins the doubles points, 2-1 (Order: 2,3,1) No. 1: Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (N) def. Marija Venta / Fallon Burger (L), 7-5 No. 2: Audrey Channell / Danika Kahatapitiya (N) def. Paloma Alatorre / Jamie Breunig (L), 6-3 No. 3: Anna Pelak / Mason Thomas (L) def. Sabrina Jiang / Rozel Hernandez (N), 6-4
Singles (Order: 1,6,5,4,3,2) No. 1: Amanda Keller (N) def. Jamie Breunig (L), 6-0, 6-1 No. 2: Catalina Rico (N) def. Marija Venta (L), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) No. 3: Carlee Conway (N) def. Paloma Alatorre (L), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) No. 4: Aimee Dervishian (N) def. Mason Thomas (L), 6-2, 6-2 No. 5: Meghan O’Malley (N) def. Anna Pelak (L), 7-5, 6-2 No. 6: Danika Kahatapitiya (N) def. Fallon Burger (L), 6-2, 6-3