Women’s Tennis Splits a Pair of Matches in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Navy women’s tennis team (12-9, 0-1 PL) split a pair of matches in Florida on its spring break trip on Tuesday. Navy fell to Syracuse (5-7), 7-0, in the afternoon in Lakeland and then defeated Northern Iowa (6-3), 5-2, late Tuesday evening under the lights at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
In the win over Northern Iowa in the nightcap, the Mids won the doubles point and captured four of the six singles matches for the 5-2 win.
After falling behind 1-0 in doubles play with a loss at No. 2, senior Audrey Channell and freshman Danika Kahatapitiya defeated Jieke Stroobant and Astrid Santos at No. 1 doubles, 7-5. Junior Isabel Balsavage and freshman Simona Babb then clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at the No. 3 position over Eve Small and Savanna Hunt.
Kahatapitiya opened singles scoring by defeating Small at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-2, before a Panther win at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Sabrina Jiang pushed Navy’s lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Hunt at No. 6 singles.
Freshman Meghan O’Malley clinched the Navy team win with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win over Sydney Wolfe at No. 4 singles. O’Malley improved to 12-2 on the season in singles play and leads the team in winning percentage at .857.
“In the late-night match against UNI, the temperature dropped and the wind really picked up,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “You had to really want to be out there to compete and we did that. UNI is a really solid team and that match showed the depth that we have. For us to come out and win the match in such a fashion bodes well for us going forward.”
This was the first meeting between Navy and Northern Iowa.
In the first match of the day, the Mids fell to ACC-member Syracuse, 7-0.
The Orange opened the match by winning the doubles point, 2-1. Junior Amanda Keller and Hodge were the lone Mids to win a doubles match with a 7-5 victory over Maria Tritou and Nicole Mitchell at No. 3 doubles.
Syracuse won all six singles matches, with three of the matches going to a third set. Keller took an early lead at No. 1 singles over Anna Shkudun, but fell 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Emily Louie-Meadors also won the opening set, but would fall to Libi Mesh at No. 5 singles, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7). Dina Hegab outlasted junior Carlee Conway at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5).
“It was very windy against Syracuse,” said Puryear. “And to play a team of that caliber in those conditions can be very challenging. Amanda and Kaylah played really well to win at No. 3 doubles and we played well across the board in the doubles matches. Syracuse did a good job jumping on us in singles but we held our own. We have some things we can work on, but there were some positives that we can take away from it.”
Syracuse leads the all-time series against Navy, 3-0.
Keller was named the Patriot League Women’s Tennis Player of the week on Tuesday afternoon.
Navy will next play at Patriot League-member Lehigh on March 25.
Syracuse defeats Navy, 7-0 Doubles – Syracuse wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Order: 1,2,3) No. 1: Gabriela Knutson / Miranda Ramirez (S) def. Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (N), 6-4 No. 2: Anna Shkudun / Dina Hegab (S) def. Rozel Hernandez / Carlee Conway (N), 6-4 No. 3: Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (N) def. Maria Tritou / Nicole Mitchell (S), 7-5
Singles (Order: 3,2,4,5,6,1) No. 1: Anna Shkudun (S) def. Amanda Keller (N), 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 No. 2: Miranda Ramirez (S) def. Claudia Mackenzie (N), 6-2, 6-2 No. 3: #115 Gabriela Knutson (S) def. Josie Rogers (N), 6-0, 6-1 No. 4: Maria Tritou (S) def. Ansofi Wreder (N), 6-4, 6-2 No. 5: Libi Mesh (S) def. Emily Louie-Meadors (N), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) No. 6: Dina Hegab (S) def. Carlee Conway (N), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
Navy defeats Northern Iowa, 5-2 Doubles – Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Order: 2,1,3) No. 1: Audrey Channell / Danika Kahatapitiya (N) def. Jieke Stroobant / Astrid Santos (UNI), 7-5 No. 2: Gisela Kemper / Sydney Wolfe (UNI) def. Sabrina Jiang / Rozel Hernandez (N), 6-4 No. 3: Isabel Balsavage / Simona Babb (N) def. Eve Small / Savanna Hunt (UNI), 6-4
Singles (Order: 5,3,6,4,2,1) No. 1: Jieke Stroobant (UNI) def. Kaylah Hodge (N), 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-5) No. 2: Catalina Rico (N) def. Astrid Santos (UNI), 7-5, 1-6, 6-0 No. 3: Gisela Kemper def. Aimee Dervishian (N), 6-0, 6-4 No. 4: Meghan O’Malley (N) def. Sydney Wolfe (UNI), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 No. 5: Danika Kahatapitiya (N) def. Eve Small (UNI), 6-0, 6-2 No. 6: Sabrina Jiang (N) def. Savanna Hunt (UNI), 6-4, 6-0