Army Defeats Navy in Women's Tennis Star Match, 5-2
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army West Point women's tennis team (16-5, 4-0 PL) defeated visiting Navy (15-10, 3-2 PL), 5-2, in the annual Star Match at the indoor Lichtenberg Tennis Center on Saturday.
"'Disappointment' would be a good one-word summation," Navy head coach Keith Puryear said about the match. "We went up with the intent of winning the Star and we didn't get the job done today."
Army and Navy split the first two doubles matches, as Navy's Amanda Keller and Kaylah Hodge defeated Allyson Haley and Genevieve McCormick at No. 3 singles, 6-2, and Army's Melanie Allen and Nancy Porter bested Navy's Claudia Mackenzie and Emily Louie-Meadors at No. 1 doubles, 6-1.
"The doubles point loomed large today," said Puryear. "We had opportunities, but we couldn't capitalize. After doubles play, Army did a great job of maintaining the momentum gained and won the first set on five of the six singles courts."
Hayley defeated Conway at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-0, but Navy responded as sophomore Josie Rogers beat McCormick at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-4. Rogers improves to 2-0 all-time in dual singles matches against Army.
Army then clinched the match at 4-1 with wins at No. 2 singles and then No. 1 singles. Army's Einck defeated Mackenzie at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-3, before Allen clinched the Army win with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Keller at No. 1 singles.
After the match was clinched, Navy's Ansofi Wreder beat Bridget Guenard at No. 4 singles, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8), and Army's Porter outlasted Louie-Meadors at No. 5 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to set the final score at 5-2.
Wreder, a freshman, improved her team-best record to 24-8 this season.
"Josie did a good job at No. 3 to win in straight sets after being down 3-0 in the first and Ansofi fought back to win her match in three sets," said Puryear. "But we just dug too deep of a hole for ourselves and couldn't recover."
Army improves to 8-2 all-time against Navy.
The Army-Navy women's tennis Star Match is a part of the 2016-17 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA, which Navy currently leads 11-9.
"The measure of a good team is how they bounce back after disappointments," said Puryear. "So we will learn a bit about ourselves in the coming weeks."
Navy will next play at Loyola on Wednesday at 3:30 PM.
Army defeats Navy, 5-2
Doubles -- Army wins the doubles point, 2-1
No. 1: Melanie Allen / Nancy Porter (Army) def. Claudia Mackenzie / Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy), 6-1
No. 2: Kirby Einck /Gloria Son (Army) def. Rozel Hernandez / Carlee Conway (Navy), 7-6
No. 3: Amanda Keller / Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Allyson Hayley / Genevieve McCormick (Army), 6-2
No. 1: Melanie Allen (Army) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 7-5, 6-3
No. 2: Kirby Einck (Army) def. Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Genevieve McCormick (Army), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Bridget Guenard (Army), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 5: Nancy Porter (Army) def. Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
No. 6: Allyson Hayley (Army) def. Carlee Conway (Navy), 6-2, 6-0