Navy Women's Tennis Falls in Patriot League Title Match
April 28, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Senior Emani Decquir gave Navy hope winning the first completed singles match, but Army won the last three finished matches to defeat the Navy women's tennis team in the 2013 Patriot League Women's Tennis Championship match in West Point.
The loss was Navy's third straight setback to Army in the league title match and ended Navy's season at 25-5 overall. Navy started the year 2-3, but won 23 of its last 25 matches with both of the setbacks coming to the Black Knights. Army improved to 22-6 overall and has now won the last nine Patriot League Championships.
Army dominated the doubles action, allowing Navy to only take five games as the Black Knights claimed the doubles point for a 1-0 match lead.
"You have to give Army cerdit. They just played a little better today," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "I was very disappointed with our doubles play. We just came out really slow and didn't react to some of the patterns they were using. Army really did a good job of mixing things up and we didn't make any adjustments at all."
Navy would quickly tie the match as senior Emani Decquir (Sacramento, Calif.), playing in what would be the final match of her illustrious career, defeated Erin Colton, who was the 2012 co-tournament MVP, by a 6-2, 6-1 score. Decquir would finish her season with a career-best 22 wins and on a five-match winning streak. Her 22 victories were the seventh most in a season in school history and her 68 career wins rank second all time.
But that would be Navy's lone singles victory as Army would claim the next three finished matches at Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
Navy trailed in matches at Nos. 2 and 3 when they were called off the court.
Navy had five players end the season with 20 or more victories.
"We showed a winner's mentality in singles play and I thought we fought back after doubles play. We just came up a little bit short. We'll learn from it and look to get back here next year," said Puryear.
Navy will lose three seniors in Emani Decquir, Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) and Dye Das (Cherry Hill, N.J.), who were members of Puryear's first recruiting class and have been at the Naval Academy for the first four years in women's tennis program history. The trio won a 179 singles matches and 156 doubles matches for a combined 335 matches between them.
"The three seniors are obviously really going to be missed. I`m more disappointed for them and wanted to win the championship for them after what they have meant to this team and program," said Puryear. "This loss doesn't diminish what they did for the program. They came here with nothing but a promise I made to give them a great experience and to help build a championship-level team. I can't say enough about what they have done in putting us on the map. They will be sorely missed and they were a significant part of getting the program to where it is now."
The 25 wins were a school record and Navy has posted a 45-8 record over the last two seasons.
 ARMY 4,  NAVY 1
Games Won: Army 90, Navy 52
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 1, 2)
1) D. Taylor / E. Taylor (Army) d. Kaufmann / Snook, 8-2
2) Colton / Paul (Army) d. Decquir / Droop, 8-1
3) Iliev / Pitman (Army) led Antill / Sears, 7-2
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 1, 4, 5, 6)
1) Emani Decquir (Navy) d. Erin Colton, 6-2, 6-1
2) Jamila Paul (Army) led Erin Snook, 3-6, 6-0, 5-3
3) Eva Sung (Army) led Darien Sears, 7-5, 3-4
4) Carolyn Pitman (Army) d. Logan Antill, 6-1, 6-1
5) Gabriella Spindler (Army) d. Stefanie Ton, 6-4, 6-2
6) Della Taylor (Army) d. Katie Porter, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
# GO NAVY #