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Mids Win Three Flights at the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational

Danika Kahatapitiya
Oct. 8, 2017


ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's tennis program won three flights at the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational this past weekend at the Brigade Sports Complex. Sophomore Danika Kahatapitiya won the F singles flight and teamed with sophomore Aimee Dervishian to win the B doubles flight. Junior Josie Rogers and sophomore Ansofi Wreder won the C doubles flight.

The 11-team Navy Blue & Gold Invitational featured a number of strong teams, including Maryland and Rutgers of the Big Ten, and UConn of the American Athletic Conference. Also competing at the Navy Blue and Gold Invitational was Binghamton, George Mason, George Washington, Howard, Morgan State, Seton Hall and Towson.

In addition to winning the F singles and the B and C doubles flights, Navy made the finals of the B singles, D singles and A doubles flights. The C doubles final was a Navy vs. Navy match.

"I am really pleased with our response to the level of competition that we had here this weekend," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "This was the toughest invitational that we have hosted and we had some big names here. To have players in six flight finals and then to win three of them says a lot about where we are, and the progress that we have been making."

Kahatapitiya bested Towson's Theodora Francu in her first match in the quarterfinal round, 6-2, 6-1, and then beat Howard's Aria Ragas in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2. Kahatapitiya won the F singles flight with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Binghamton's Paulina Tafler.



In the B doubles flight, Kahatapitiya and Dervishian, opened with a 6-3 win over Rutgers' Isabella Da Silva and Kat Rosenberger, and then beat Howard's Nicole Hutchison and Nathalie Finch in the quarterfinals, 6-4. The duo bested Towson's Nicole Shakhnazarova and Barbora Vasilkova in the semifinals, 6-3. Kahatapitiya and Dervishian won the B doubles flight with a 4-0 mark by defeated George Washington's Victoria Kogan and Marie-Louise Decamps in the final, 6-1.

Kahatapitiya was a combined 7-0 in singles and doubles matches at the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational.

In the all-Navy C doubles flight final, junior Josie Rogers and sophomore Ansofi Wreder defeated senior Isabel Balsavage and freshman Tina Li, 7-6 (7-0). Rogers and Wreder had previously beaten Morgan State's Alexus Gill and Oriane Yehouenou in the quarterfinals, 6-1, and Binghamton's Tiffany Dun and Paulina Tafler in the semifinals, 6-0. Balsavage and Li bested George Mason's Hannah Yang and Christine McCarthy in the quarterfinals, 6-3, and then beat Towson's Claire Bedi and Theodora Francu in the semifinals, 6-2.

Senior Carlee Conway went 3-1 in the B singles flight, falling in the final to Maryland's Saya Usui. Conway beat Seton Hall's Katie Kim in the first round, 6-3, 6-3, and then defeated Rutgers' Kat Muzik in the quarterfinals, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2). Conway then knocked off Towson's AJ Gomer in the semifinals, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.

In addition to winning the B doubles flight with Kahatapitiya, Dervishian advanced to the D singles flight final with a 3-1 record. Dervishian opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Morgan State's Asmara Faluke, 6-3, 6-2, and then beat George Washington's Kamilla Beisenova in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-2). Dervishian defeated George Mason's Brianna Gibbs in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1, before falling to UConn's Gillian Perotta in the final, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2).

Sophomore Meghan O'Malley dropped her first match in the E singles flight, but rebounded to win three consolation matches to win the backdraw. After a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (14-12) loss to Howard's Sajela Harlow in the main draw, O'Malley bested Binghamton's Alli Roma (8-2), Towson's Jane Schusterman (8-4) and Towson's Claire Bedi (8-3) in the backdraw.

Sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors won two matches to advance to the semifinals of the A flight. Louie-Meadors defeated George Mason's Sydney Green in the first round, 6-7 (7-3), 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) and then bested Maryland's Zoe Kulkarni in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-0. Louie-Meadors fell to UConn's Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Kaylah Hodge advanced to the C singles semifinal before falling to eventual flight winner Jacque Lazaro of UConn, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6). Hodge beat Howard's Nicole Hutchison in the first round, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) and then beat George Mason's Christine McCarthy in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0.

Senior Amanda Keller and Hodge advanced to the final of the A doubles flight. The duo opened the tournament with a 7-5 win over George Mason's Sydney Green and Rachel Lee, and then beat UConn's Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph and Gillian Perotta in the quarterfinals, 6-1. The duo received a walkover win in the semifinals due to an injury, before falling to Maryland's Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka and Zoe Kulkarni in the A doubles flight final, 6-4.

Additionally, junior Catalina Rico made the D singles semifinals and freshman Tina Li made the E singles semifinals.

Navy had a great start to the tournament, going 12-0 in doubles matches and 11-1 in singles matches on the first day of competition on Friday.

Navy will next send its qualified players to the ITA/USTA Atlantic Regional from Oct. 13-17 in Blacksburg, Va.

Keller will compete in the main singles draw at the ITA Atlantic Regional, while Wreder will compete in the singles qualifying draw. Keller and Hodge will be seeded in the doubles draw, while senior Claudia Mackenzie and Louie-Meadors will also compete in the doubles draw. Louie-Meadors is an alternate for singles play, while Conway and junior Catalina Rico are an alternate team for doubles.

Navy Blue & Gold Invitational Flight Winners
A Singles - Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (Maryland)
B Singles - Saya Usui (Maryland)
C Singles - Jacque Lazaro (UConn)
D Singles - Gillian Perotta (UConn)
E Singles - Kayleigh Hahn (George Mason)
F Singles - Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy)
A Doubles - Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka / Zoe Kulkarni (Maryland)
B Doubles - Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy)
C Doubles - Josie Rogers / Ansofi Wreder (Navy)

Navy Blue & Gold Invitational Results A Singles First Round Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Danielle Thompson (Morgan), 6-1, 7-5 Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Sydney Green (George Mason), 6-7 (7-3), 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Melody Taal (Seton Hall), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 Quarterfinals Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (UConn) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy) def. Zoe Kulkarni (Maryland), 6-2, 6-0 Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (Maryland) def. Ansofi Wreder (Navy), 6-2, 6-0 Semifinals Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (UConn) def. Emily Louie-Meadors (Navy), 6-1, 6-0

B Singles First Round Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Katie Kim (Seton Hall), 6-3, 6-3 Josie Rogers (Navy) def. Summer Walker (UConn), 6-2, 7-5 Kayla Price (Morgan) def. Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), 4-6, 5-4 (retired) Quarterfinals Carlee Conway (Navy) def. Kat Muzik (Rutgers), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2) AJ Gomer (Towson) def. Josie Rogers (Navy), 6-2, 7-5 Semifinals Carlee Conway (Navy) def. AJ Gomer (Towson), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 Final Saya Usui (Maryland) def. Carlee Conway (Navy), 6-1, 6-3

C Singles First Round Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Nicole Hutchison (Howard), 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) Amanda Cyr (Navy) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (Binghamton), 6-1, 6-4 Miranda Deng (Navy) def. Renate van Oorschodt (Towson), 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-3) Quarterfinals Kaylah Hodge (Navy) def. Christine McCarthy (George Mason), 6-1, 6-0 Jaci Cochrane (Rutgers) def. Amanda Cyr (Navy), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) Zaina Zaki (UConn) def. Miranda Deng (Navy), 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 1-0 (11-9) Semifinals Jacque Lazaro (UConn) def. Kaylah Hodge (Navy), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)

D Singles First Round Aimee Dervishian (Navy) def. Asmara Faluke (Morgan), 6-3, 6-2 Catalina Rico (Navy) def. Kindha Nasef (Howard), 6-2, 6-2 Quarterfinals Aimee Dervishian (Navy) def. Kamilla Beisenova (GW), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-2) Catalina Rico (Navy) def. Lucy Gloninger (Towson), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) Semifinals Aimee Dervishian (Navy) def. Brianna Gibbs (George Mason), 6-2, 6-1 Gillian Perotta (UConn) def. Catalina Rico (Navy), 6-3, 6-2 Final Gillian Perotta (UConn) def. Aimee Dervishian (Navy), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2)

E Singles First Round Tina Li (Navy) def. Tiffany Dun (Binghamton), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 Quarterfinals Tina Li (Navy) def. Nicole Haigwood (George Mason), 6-4, 6-4 Sajela Harlow (Howard) def. Meghan O'Malley (Navy), 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (14-12) Semifinals Hannah Cianciola (George Mason) def. Tina Li (Navy), 6-7 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8) Consolations Meghan O'Malley (Navy) def. Alli Roma (Binghamton), 8-2 Meghan O'Malley (Navy) def. Jane Schusterman (Towson), 8-4 Meghan O'Malley (Navy) def. Claire Bedi (Towson), 8-3

F Singles Quarterfinals Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Theodora Francu (Towson), 6-2, 6-1 Paulina Tafler (Binghamton) def. Isabel Balsavage (Navy), 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8) Semifinals Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Aria Ragas (Howard), 6-1, 6-2 Final Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Paulina Tafler (Binghamton), 6-1, 6-2 Consolations Christina Joynes (Howard) def. Isabel Balsavage (Navy), 8-5

A Doubles First Round Carlee Conway / Catalina Rico (Navy) def. Samara Eisenberg / Ashley Granieri (Binghamton), 6-0 Emily Louie-Meadors / Claudia Mackenzie (Navy) def. Lucy Williams / Yevgeniya Shusterman (Towson), 6-1 Kaylah Hodge / Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Sydney Green / Rachel Lee (George Mason), 7-5 Quarterfinals Carlee Conway / Catalina Rico (Navy) def. Mingxiu Du / Jaci Cochrane (Rutgers), 6-4 Emily Louie-Meadors / Claudia Mackenzie (Navy) def. Maya Jacobs / Kat Muzik (Rutgers), 7-6 (7-4) Kaylah Hodge / Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph / Gillian Perotta (UConn), 6-1 Semifinals Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka / Zoe Kulkarni (Maryland) def. Carlee Conway / Catalina Rico (Navy), 6-3 Kaylah Hodge / Amanda Keller (Navy) def. Emily Louie-Meadors / Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), walkover Final Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka / Zoe Kulkarni (Maryland) def. Kaylah Hodge / Amanda Keller (Navy), 6-4

B Doubles First Round Amanda Cyr / Miranda Deng (Navy) def. Lucy Gloninger / Alexa Martinez (Towson), 6-4 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Isabella Da Silva / Kat Rosenberger (Rutgers), 6-3 Quarterfinals Amanda Cyr / Miranda Deng (Navy) def. Brianna Gibbs / Hannah Cianciola (George Mason), 6-1 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Nicole Hutchison / Nathalie Finch (Howard), 6-4 Semifinals Victoria Kogan / Marie-Louise Decamps (GW) def. Amanda Cyr / Miranda Deng (Navy), 7-5 Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Nicole Shakhnazarova / Barbora Vasilkova (Towson), 6-3 Final Aimee Dervishian / Danika Kahatapitiya (Navy) def. Victoria Kogan / Marie-Louise Decamps (GW), 6-1

C Doubles Quarterfinals Isabel Balsavage / Tina Li (Navy) def. Hannah Yang / Christine McCarthy (George Mason), 6-3 Josie Rogers / Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Alexus Gill / Oriane Yehouenou (Morgan), 6-1 Semifinals Isabel Balsavage / Tina Li (Navy) def. Claire Bedi / Theodora Francu (Towson), 6-2 Josie Rogers / Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Tiffany Dun / Paulina Tafler (Binghamton), 6-0 Final Josie Rogers / Ansofi Wreder (Navy) def. Isabel Balsavage / Tina Li (Navy), 7-6 (7-0)

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