Women's Tennis Splits with Coastal Carolina and St. Cloud State
March 11, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Navy women's tennis team (14-4) split a pair of matches in Orlando on Tuesday. Navy fell to Coastal Carolina (9-2), 5-2, before defeating St. Cloud State (7-9), 7-0, at the Winter Park Tennis Center at Azalea Lane.
The Mids' first match of the day, which began at 9:00 AM, was the 5-2 loss to Coastal Carolina.
"It was a hard-fought match," head coach Keith Puryear said. "To Coastal Carolina's credit, they did a really good job of extending points and made it very difficult for us. But we did not do what we needed to do to get the 'W'. We made too many unforced errors and we need to be much more patient at times."
Senior Darien Sears and sophomore Sam Droop took Marie Babayan and Amanda Malatek to a tiebreak at No. 3 doubles, but fell 8-7 (7-4). Coastal Carolina also won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to sweep the doubles point.
Navy senior Erin Snook opened singles play with a solid win at No. 1 singles over Libby Scott, 6-2, 6-3 and her classmate Sears followed with a win at No. 2 singles over Kourtney Kowal, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
"We had some good individual efforts today as our two seniors really took care of business," Puryear said.
Droop had a competitive first set at No. 3 singles, but fell to Honami Yazawa, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Coastal Carolina closed out the 5-2 win by coming out on top at No. 4, No. 6 and No. 6 singles.
Snook remains Navy's all-time leader in combined singles and doubles wins (138) while Sears took over sole possession of second place with her 128th victory on Tuesday. Snook (83) and Sears (75) also rank 1-2 in career singles wins at Navy.
Navy rebounded from the morning loss to Coastal Carolina to knock off Division II St. Cloud State (7-9), 7-0, in a match that began at 6:00 PM. Navy used its secondary lineup against St. Cloud State, a lineup that consists entirely of underclassmen.
Navy won two of the three doubles matches and then swept all six singles matches against St. Cloud State.
"Just like in the first match we continued to adjust to the outdoor conditions," said Puryear. "St. Cloud State did a good of pressuring us at the top spots, but I like the way we responded. I still think there are some things we need to continue to work on as we move forward because ultimately our goal is to improve as a team."
Sophomore Cassandra Fisbeck and freshman Rozel Hernandez beat Rachael Zwiener and Jamie Voelker at No. 2 doubles, 8-2 and freshmen Audrey Channell and Maggie McLaughlin knocked off Gabbie Pung and Tori Marlton, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles. Navy fell at No. 1 doubles.
Sophomore Katie Porter improved to 6-2 in dual play this spring by downing Katie Kotschevar at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-4.
Channell defeated Maribelle Siegfried at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-4 and Fisbeck won at No. 3 singles over Marilia Diversi, 6-1, 6-2.
Hernandez improved to 5-0 in dual play with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Zweiner at No. 5 singles and freshman Summer Ralston earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over El O'Brien at No. 6 singles.
Navy will play two more matches on Wednesday, first taking on Quinnipiac (2-6) at 9:00 AM and then Robert Morris (1-6) at 12:30 PM. Both of Wednesday's matches will be at the Lake Eva Tennis Center in Haines City, Florida.
Coastal Carolina def. Navy, 5-2 Doubles - Coastal Carolina wins the doubles point, 3-0 No. 1 Kourtney Kowal/Honami Yazawa (CC) def. Noelle Kaufmann/Mikaela Carlson, 8-4 No. 2 Libby Scott/Dominique De Wit (CC) def. Erin Snook/Logan Antill, 8-2 No. 3 Marie Babayan/Amanda Malatek (CC) def. Darien Sears/Sam Droop, 8-7 (7-4)
Singles No. 1 Erin Snook (N) def. Libby Scott, 6-2, 6-3 No. 2 Darien Sears (N) def. Kourtney Kowal, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) No. 3 Honami Yazawa (CC) def. Sam Droop, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 No. 4 Marie Babayan (CC) def. Gabby Winter, 6-4, 6-1 No. 5 Romane Delay (CC) def. Logan Antill, 6-3, 6-4 No. 6 Amanda Malatek (CC) def. Noelle Kaufmann, 6-2, 6-4
Navy def. St. Cloud State, 7-0 Doubles - Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 No. 1 Katie Kotschevar/Maribelle Siegfried (SCS) def. Summer Ralston/Allie Pavlansky, 8-4 No. 2 Cassandra Fisbeck/Rozel Hernandez (N) def. Rachael Zwiener/Jamie Voelker, 8-2 No. 3 Audrey Channell/Maggie McLaughlin (N) def. Gabbie Pung/Tori Marlton, 8-1
Singles No. 1 Katie Porter (N) def. Katie Kotschevar, 7-5, 6-4 No. 2 Audrey Channell (N) def. Maribelle Siegfried, 6-2, 6-4 No. 3 Cassandra Fisbeck (N) def. Marilia Diversi, 6-1, 6-2 No. 4 Vivian Chau (N) def. Jamie Voelker, 6-1, 6-1 No. 5 Rozel Hernandez (N) def. Rachael Zwiener, 6-0, 6-1 No. 6 Summer Ralston (N) def. El O'Brien, 6-3, 6-1