April 13, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Navy women's tennis team ran into a buzzsaw on Friday afternoon as a strong Old Dominion team ended Navy's eight-match winning streak with a 7-0 setback in Norfolk, Va.
Navy ends the regular season with a sterling 19-2 overall record while Old Dominion improved to 12-9 overall.
"It was a really tough match today. Old Dominion was just the better team," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "We competed well, but just needed to execute better. This match gives us the opportunity to reflect and will help to sharpen our preparation for the conference tournament."
Navy lost the doubles point by dropping all three doubles matches. The Midshipmen were able to win just nine combined games in the three matches.
Unlike it has done all season, Navy wasn't able to rally for the victory after losing the doubles point. In seven of Navy's 19 wins this year, the Midshipmen rallied for victory after dropping the doubles point. However, Old Dominion quickly stopped Navy's rally by winning five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
The lone match that did not go straight sets came at No. 6 singles where Noelle Kaufmann (Fr. / Westlake, Ohio) dropped the third set by a 1-0 (11-9) score to end her school-record 13-match winning streak. It was her first dual-meet loss this season, falling to 13-1 in dual-meet action.
Navy's next action comes next weekend when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 2012 Patriot League Championships. Tournament play begins on Friday and Navy finished second a year ago.
OLD DOMINION 7, NAVY 0
1) Ivanova / Mitrovska (ODU) d. Decquir / Ton (Navy), 8-3
2) Esnal Olguin / Khmolovska (ODU) d. Kaufmann / Snook (Navy), 8-4
3) Atiso / Pires (ODU) d. Das / Sears (Navy), 8-2
# GO NAVY #
1) Diana Ivanova (ODU) d. Darien Sears (Navy), 6-3, 6-3
2) Aleksandra Mitrovska (ODU) d. Emani Decquir (Navy), 6-2, 6-0
3) Nika Khmolovska (ODU) d. Stefanie Ton (Navy), 6-1, 6-0
4) Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) d. Erin Snook (Navy), 6-2, 6-2
5) Juliana Pires (ODU) d. Gabby Winter (Navy), 6-4, 6-4
6) Faith Atiso (ODU) d. Noelle Kaufmann (Navy), 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)