Navy Women's Tennis Falls to Army in First Star Match in Series History
April 7, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army won five-of-six singles matches and swept all three doubles matches to hand the Navy women's tennis team a 6-1 setback on Sunday afternoon.
The loss ended Navy's school-record 17-match win streak and dropped the Midshipmen to 19-4 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League. Army, which won its 59th straight match against Patriot League foes in the regular season dating back to 2002, improved to 16-4 overall and 5-0 in league play.
It was the first Star Match in series history as the Midshipmen are in just their fourth season of Division I tennis. Navy saw an 11-match winning streak against Patriot League foes during the regular season end.
Navy is 0-3 all-time against Army. The Mids are 74-18 against all other opponents and 15-2 against all other league opponents.
Navy fell behind in the match, 1-0, after losing all three doubles matches in tight, contested contests. The Mids lost the three matches by 8-4, 8-5 and 8-6 tallies.
Army would win the first three completed singles matches to grab the victory. The Mids had their chances, holding early first-set leads in many of the matches, but couldn't win a key game or were broken serve late the set in their first three finished matches.
"We are disappointed. You never want to lose, but we must give credit to Army. They did the littled things they needed to do to be successful and we didn't. That is the bottom line," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "We need to get refocused and ready to go on Wednesday for two matches against good foes."
Navy did get on the board when junior Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) topped 2012 Patriot League Player of the Year Jamila Paul by a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 tally.
"Erin really played well. Paul made a great comeback after being down 5-2, but Erin fought hard to win in the tiebreaker, and then really did a great job of keeping hold of the match in straight sets," said Puryear. "We need to use this as a learning experience to help make us better for the rest of the season."
Navy will host Towson and Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday at 2:30 PM in Annapolis.
ARMY 6, NAVY 1
Games Won: Army 97, Navy 66
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2)
1) D. Taylor / E. Taylor (Army) d. Kaufmann / Snook, 8-6
2) Colton / Paul (Army) d. Decquir / Droop, 8-5
3) Iliev / Pitman (Army) d. Antill / Sears, 8-4
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 2, 6, 3)
1) Erin Colton (Army) d. Emani Decquir, 6-2, 6-3
2) Erin Snook (Navy) d. Jamila Paul, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
3) Eva Sung (Army) d. Darien Sears, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)
4) Carolyn Pitman (Army) d. Logan Antill, 6-4, 6-2
5) Gabriella Spindler (Army) d. Stefanie Ton, 6-1, 7-5
6) Della Taylor (Army) d. Katie Porter, 6-4, 6-3
# GO NAVY #