Women’s Tennis Wins at Towson, 6-1
TOWSON, Md. - The Navy women’s tennis team (17-10, 4-2 PL) defeated Towson (12-10), 6-1, on Saturday in a non-conference match at the Tiger Tennis Center. Navy has won six of its last seven dual matches.
“I thought we played very well against a very tough Towson team,” said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. “They have had some impressive wins and very close losses to some good teams. We came in expecting a tough match and I liked our response to the challenge.”
Navy opened Saturday’s match by winning the doubles point, 2-1. Senior Rozel Hernandez and junior Carlee Conway bested A.J. Gomer and Renate van Oorschodt at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, and junior Amanda Keller and freshman Kaylah Hodge clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 2 over Lucy Williams and Yevgeniya Shusterman.
“Rozel and Carlee played a very clean match at No. 1 doubles,” said Puryear. “Amanda and Kaylah controlled the match, but never could gain separation. They then got a break late and played a good game at 5-4 to hold on for the win to clinch the doubles point.”
Towson won the first singles match at the No. 2 position to even the score at 1-1, but Navy ran away with the match by winning the five remaining matches for the 6-1 victory.
Keller posted a 7-5, 6-4 win over Nicole Shakhnazarova at No. 1 singles to improve her career singles record to 67-42. Keller is one win from moving into a tie for third place all-time at Navy for career singles wins.
Wreder improves her team-best season singles record to 26-8. Wreder’s 26 singles wins this season are the second-most in Navy history behind only Keller’s 29 singles wins in 2014-15.
Louie-Meadors becomes the second Mid behind Wreder to reach the 20-win mark this season with her 20-10 mark.
Hodge won at No. 5 singles over van Oorschodt, 6-3, 6-4, and Conway earned a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Lucy Gloninger at No. 6 singles.
“We played lights out in singles and got the first set on five of the six courts in singles,” said Puryear. “It was a great team performance today.”
Navy improves to 7-0 all-time against Towson. Navy will close the 2016-17 regular season by playing a non-conference match at Georgetown on Friday, April 21. Navy will then compete in the Patriot League Tournament at Lehigh from April 27-30.
Navy defeats Towson, 6-1 Doubles – Navy wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Order: 1,2,3) No. 1: Rozel Hernandez / Carlee Conway (Navy) def. A.J. Gomer / Renate van Oorschodt (Towson), 6-2 No. 2: Kaylah Hodge / Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Lucy Williams / Yevgeniya Shusterman (Towson), 6-4 No. 3: Barbora Vasilkova / Sophie Lesage (Towson) def. Audrey Channell / Catalina Rico (Navy), 6-4 Singles (Order: 2,4,5,3,1,6) No. 1: Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Nicole Shakhnazarova (Towson), 7-5, 6-4 No. 2: Lucy Williams (Towson) def. Josie Rogers (Navy), 6-3, 6-2 No. 3: Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. A.J. Gomer (Towson), 6-4, 6-4 No. 4: Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Barbora Vasilkova (Towson), 6-4, 6-2 No. 5: Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Renate van Oorschodt (Towson), 6-3, 6-4 No. 6: Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Lucy Gloninger (Navy), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)