April 19, 2014
- The second-seeded Army women's tennis team (23-3) defeated No. 3 Navy (21-8), 4-0, in the Patriot League Semifinals at Bucknell's Varsity Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. Army, the nine-time defending league champions, will face No. 1 Boston University in the championship match on Sunday.
"It wasn't the result we wanted but we have to learn from it and come back stronger," head coach Keith Puryear said. "We fought our tails off and we don't have anything to be ashamed of. Our young ladies gave us everything they had all year long and they do a great job of representing the Naval Academy on the court, in the classroom and in the hall."
Army opened the doubles play by winning at No. 1 doubles. Sisters Della Taylor and Elle Taylor defeated Navy's Mikaela Carlson and Noelle Kaufmann, 8-0.
Navy then evened the doubles score at 1-1 when senior Darien Sears and sophomore Sam Droop knocked off Maya Parker and Nancy Porter at No. 3 doubles, 8-5.
The doubles point then came down to No. 2 doubles where Army's Jamila Paul and Carolyn Pitman were tied with Navy's Katie Porter and Erin Snook at 5-5. Army took a 6-5 lead and then Navy evened the score at 6-6. However, Army won the next two games to take the 8-6 win and clinch the doubles point.
"The doubles point was decided by a very tight match at No. 2," said Puryear. "We had quite a few opportunities and we weren't able to capitalize on some break points. We put ourselves in a situation where we had a chance. But as often happens, when you win the doubles point you get emboldened and Army was able to carry that over into singles and it was an uphill battle from there."
Army was able to carry that momentum by winning singles matches at No. 3, No. 2 and then No. 6 to clinch the 4-0 win.
Army's Gabriella Spindler was the first to pick up a singles win when she defeated Droop at No. 3, 6-1, 6-4. The Black Knights then increased their lead when Pitman defeated Sears at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-3.
Army clinched the team victory at No. 6 singles, where Nancy Porter defeated Navy's Katie Porter, 6-3, 6-3. Porter sprained her ankle in the contest but courageously finished out the match.
"I feel like we have made great strides with our program and it was a high-quality match," said Puryear. "We just have to figure out what we need to do to get over the hump."
Army def. Navy, 4-0
Doubles - Army wins the doubles point, 2-1 (Finish: 1,3,2)
No. 1 Della Taylor / Elle Taylor (A) def. Mikaela Carlson / Noelle Kaufmann, 8-0
No. 2 Jamila Paul / Carolyn Pitman (A) def. Katie Porter / Erin Snook, 8-6
No. 3 Darien Sears / Sam Droop (N) def. Maya Parker / Nancy Porter, 8-5
Singles (Finish: 3,2,6)
No. 1 Jamila Paul (A) led. Erin Snook, 6-4, 6-6 (3-1) (unfinished)
No. 2 Carolyn Pitman (A) def. Darien Sears, 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Gabriella Spindler (A) def. Sam Droop, 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 Gabby Winter (N) led Della Taylor, 7-5, 4-5 (unfinished)
No. 5 Elle Taylor (A) led Mikaela Carlson, 3-6, 6-3, 4-0 (unfinished)
No. 6 Nancy Porter (A) def. Katie Porter, 6-3, 6-3