ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team closed out its home season in impressive fashion on Wednesday, defeating a good Towson squad, 6-1, under brilliant conditions at the Brigade Sports Complex.
The win gives Navy 20 victories for the third straight season, now with a 20-4 overall record. The Mids closed out their home campaign with a 16-1 record, winning 15 matches in a row at the facility.
"It was good to get outside. It was our first outdoor match since Spring Break. To be able to compete outside is always nice for the team," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "We have some things that we wanted to continue to address, but all in all, it was a solid match for us."
The win also came on Senior Day for the Midshipmen, as three seniors were playing in their final home match. Seniors Dye Das (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Emani Decquir (Sacramento, Calif.) and Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) all had a role in the win today and have helped Navy to a 75-21 team record during their careers, including a 61-11 mark at home.
"It's always nice to win on Senior Day. Those three have meant so much to the program in the four years they have been here. I can't say enough about what they have meant to our program," said Puryear.
Navy won two-of-three doubles matches to take the doubles point and a 1-0 match lead over the Tigers. Puryear got wins from Noelle Kaufmann (So. / Westlake, Ohio) and Erin Snook (Jr. / Tampa, Fla.) at No. 1 doubles and from Darien Sears (Jr. / Silver Spring, Md.) and Das at No. 3 doubles.
The Midshipmen then won five-of-six matches in singles play, all in straight sets, to ease to the team victory. Decquir allowed just four games to Ayana Dow in a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.
Erin Snook won her 64th career match and ran her career dual-meet record to 48-12 with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Nani Lizana at No. 2 singles.
Darien Sears also won by a 6-0, 6-0 score over Lorena Ferrer at No. 3 singles for her 15th win of the season.
Senior Stefanie Ton won her 61st career match and 17th match of the season in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cailey Easdale at No. 5 singles.
Lastly, freshman Katie Porter (Matthews, N.C.) improved to 12-3 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Jessi Grim at No. 6 singles.
"We had a lot of good performances today, and even Logan (Antill), played well against a very tough player. Samlin has had a lot of success against us over the years. Logan did a good job fighting back after losing the first set. I am encouraged by the way we bounced back," added Puryear.
Navy returns to Patriot League play this weekend when it travels to Lafayette on Saturday and Lehigh on Sunday.
NAVY 6, TOWSON 1 Games Won: Navy 88, Towson 37 Doubles Results
1) Kaufmann / Snook (Navy) d. Dow / Lizana, 8-5
2) Ferrer / Samlin (Towson) d. Decquir / Droop, 8-5
3) Das / Ton (Navy) d. Easdale / Grim, 8-4