April 14, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. --
After a slow start in doubles play, the Navy women's tennis team won all six singles matches in straight sets to rally for a 6-1 victory over Lehigh in the Patriot League regular-season finale for the Midshipmen.
The win moves Navy to 22-4 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League standings. The 22 wins ties the school record for wins in a season, also set in 2011.
"We earned two conference wins this weekend, and I'm pretty pleased with what we did. We played under some cold, windy conditions today, and overall I was really pleased with our singles play all weekend," said head coach Keith Puryear. "Lehigh really came out on fire in doubles and played inspired tennis. I was happy with the way we responded in singles play."
Navy won the first completed doubles match at No. 2 doubles by Emani Decaquir (Sr. / Sacramento, Calif.) and Sam Droop (Fr. / Hilton Head Island, S.C.) by an 8-4 score, but Lehigh would rally and take a 1-0 match lead by winning the next two matches at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles.
But the Midshipmen responded in singles action, squelching any Lehigh upset bid by winning all six singles matches in straight sets. Erin Snook (Jr. / Tampa, Fla.) won her seventh match in a row and her 22nd match of the season with a 6-1, 6-0 win. The victory was Snook's 50th career dual-meet victory, against just 12 losses (50-12 in dual meets).
Freshman Katie Porter (Matthews, N.C.) improved to 14-3 overall (and in dual-meet action) with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles to give the Midshipmen a 2-1 match lead.
Navy's senior team captain Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) then pushed Navy's lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles. The victory was her 19th of the season and 63rd of her career.
Freshman Logan Antill (Butler, Pa.) moved into a tie for fourth place on the school's single-season wins list with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 4 singles to clinch the team victory for the Midshipmen. Antill now has 23 wins on the season and is just one victory shy of the school-record 24 wins set by Snook and Darien Sears (Jr. / Silver Spring, Md.) in 2011.
Speaking of Sears, she gave Navy a 5-1 advantage at No. 3 singles in a 6-3, 6-2 victory to push her dual-meet record to 13-5.
Lastly, Decquir closed out singles play with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 1 singles to cap off a 4-0 weekend for the senior from Sacramento. Decquir won her career-best 20th match of the season and now has 122 combined victories during her stellar Navy career (66 singles, 56 doubles).
Navy ties the school record for wins in a season and is now a gleaming 77-21 (.786) in its four years of competition on the varsity level. Navy's schedule this year has been its toughest in school history.
"Our 22-4 record says it all. If you would have told me at the start of the year, that we would be 22-4, I would not have believed you," said Puryear. "We have done a tremendous job of rising to the occasion when challenged. We have beaten some really solid teams, and really pulled together and stepped up when we needed to, many times with different players. It speaks wonders about the character of this team."
Navy will close out the regular-season on Thursday at future Patriot League member Loyola, Md. The Midshipmen will then compete in the Patriot League Tournament at Army on April 26-28.
"We just need to continue to fine-tune the things we have worked on. The formula is there, but we just need to keep our concentration and focus consistently. We need to keep doing the little things we have done all season long," added Puryear.
Navy 6, Lehigh 1
Games Won: Navy 88, Lehigh 44
1) Bilimoria / Farrell (Lehigh) d. Snook / Kaufmann, 8-3
2) Decquir / Droop (Navy) d. Hampshire / Kaminetsky, 8-4
3) Prim / Sloand (Lehigh) d. Antill / Sears, 8-5
1) Emani Decquir (Navy) d. Jenai Bilimoria, 6-4, 6-3
2) Erin Snook (Navy) d. Abby Farrell, 6-1, 6-0
3) Darien Sears (Navy) d. Ali Kaminetsky, 6-3, 6-2
4) Logan Antill (Navy) d. Emily Bruch, 6-2, 6-4
5) Stefanie Ton (Navy) d. Molly Brooks, 6-3, 6-0
6) Katie Porter (Navy) d. Marian Prim, 6-2, 6-0
# GO NAVY #