April 27, 2013
WEST POINT. N.Y. -- The Navy women's tennis team cruised to a 4-0 victory over Bucknell on Saturday to advance to the Patriot League Tournament championship match to be played tomorrow against Army at 1:00 PM.
The Midshipmen improved to 25-4 with the victory and will be playing in their third straight Patriot League title match. The three title matches will have all come against Army.
"I thought Bucknell played an inspired match. We played them earlier this year, but even with it being 7-0, it was a deceptive score. We were expecting a tough match and Bucknell played hard today," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "They came out strong, but I thought we did a great job of rising to the challenge. I was really pleased with the way we played, especially in doubles play."
Navy was impressive in doubles action to win the doubles point and take a 1-0 match lead with completed victories at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles.
Emani Decquir (Sr. / Sacramento, Calif.) and Sam Droop (Fr. / Hilton Head Island, S.C.) gave Navy an early edge in doubles play with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. The tandem of Logan Antill (Fr. / Butler, Pa.) and Darien Sears (Jr. / Silver Spring, Md.) clinched the doubles point at No. 3 doubles with an 8-1 decision.
The duo of Noelle Kaufmann (So. / Westlake, Ohio) and Erin Snook (Jr. / Tampa, Fla.) were leading at No. 1 doubles by a 7-3 tally when it was called off the court.
Navy would win completed singles matches at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to clinch the semifinal-round victory over the Bison.
Antill set the school record for most wins in a season with her 25th win of the year in a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles to give Navy a 2-0 match lead.
gave the Midshipmen a 3-0 lead with her 20th victory of the season in a 6-4, 6-0 triumph at No. 3 singles.
Stefanie Ton (Sr. / Milpitas, Calif.) then ended the match for the Midshipmen at No. 5 singles in a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Ton won her 21st match of the season in the decision.
Navy was leading at No. 1 singles (Decquir), No. 2 singles (Snook) and No. 6 singles (Katie Porter / Fr., Matthews, N.C.) when called off the court.
Navy will be looking for its first win over Army in school history on Sunday. Army has won the previous three meetings.
"Army is obviously a very good team. They are eight-time champs for a reason and playing them at home will be a huge challenge for us. We are very pleased to be in the finals and are going to have to do what we have done all year long. We need to go out and fight hard and play the way we can," said Puryear.
 Navy 4,  Bucknell 0
Games Won: Navy 84, Bucknell 34
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 2, 3)
1) Kaufmann / Snook (Navy) led Cioffi / Vidrascu, 7-3
2) Decquir / Droop (Navy) d. Colvin / Pino, 8-2
3) Antill / Sears (Navy) d. Bush / Morgan, 8-1
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 4, 3, 5)
1) Emani Decquir (Navy) led Elena Vidrascu, 6-0, 0-5
2) Erin Snook (Navy) led Maria Cioffi, 6-4, 4-1
3) Darien Sears (Navy) d. Lydia Colvin, 6-4, 6-0
4) Logan Antill (Navy) d. Jen Bush, 6-3, 6-1
5) Stefanie Ton (Navy) d. Christie Schneider, 6-2, 6-1
6) Katie Porter (Navy) led Stephanie Pino, 6-3, 3-4
# GO NAVY #