Oct. 21, 2013
- The Navy women's tennis team concluded its fall tournament season at the ITA / USTA Atlantic Region Championship at the campus of the University of Virginia this weekend. Navy will open its spring season on January 18. Navy won two singles matches at the highly competitive regional meet and also dropped a pair of three-set battles.
"We did a good job in general but our results show us that there is more work to be done," head coach Keith Puryear said. "Overall I am pleased with the progress we have shown in the course of the fall and we will use this as a precursor to get ready for the spring season."
Senior Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) defeated Radford's Taylor Newman, 6-2, 6-1, in the main singles consolation draw to pick up one of Navy's two singles wins. Snook was placed in the main singles draw but had fallen to Raluca Mita of Virginia Tech in the first round, 6-1, 6-2, to drop into the consolation bracket. Mita is ranked No. 121 in the country.
Sophomore Sam Droop (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) was placed in the qualifying singles draw and fell to Virginia Tech's Carol Kahoun in a three-set battle in the first round, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Droop would later fall to Penn State's Katherine Whiteaway in the consolation draw, 6-1, 6-0.
Navy had a pair of doubles teams in action over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Droop and Snook fell to Delaware's Carmen Lai and Dorothy Saffron in the round of 64, 8-4. Senior Darien Sears (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Katie Porter (Matthews, N.C.) also fell in the round of 64 to George Washington's Grace Egger and Lana Robins, 8-5.
Sears and Porter were both able to play in the extra singles matches after playing in the doubles draw.
Sears defeated Devi Jadeya of St. Joe's, 6-3, 6-2, while Porter fell to Olga Gaistruk of Maryland, 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8).
Navy competed in five tournaments this fall. The Mids will open their spring dual schedule at home against Saint Francis, Pa. on January 18.
ITA Atlantic Region Championship Results
Main Doubles Draw
Rd 64 Carmen Lai/Dorothy Saffron (Delaware) def. Sam Droop / Erin Snook (Navy), 8-4
Rd 64 Grace Egger/Lana Robins (George Washington) def. Darien Sears / Katie Porter (Navy), 8-5
Singles Main Draw
Rd 64 #121 Raluca Mita (Va. Tech) def. Erin Snook (Navy), 6-1, 6-2
Singles Qualifying Draw
1st Rd Carol Kahoun (Va. Tech) def. Sam Droop (Navy), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Main Singles Consolation Draw
Erin Snook (Navy) def. Taylor Newman (Radford), 6-2, 6-1
Consolation Singles Draw
Katherine Whiteaway (Penn State) def. Sam Droop (Navy), 6-1, 6-0
Extra Consolation Matches
Darien Sears (Navy) def. Devi Jadeya (St. Joe's), 6-3, 6-2
Olga Gaistruk (Maryland) def. Katie Porter (Navy), 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)