Jan. 25, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team will take on three opponents this weekend, two of them away from Annapolis, as the Midshipmen aim to keep improving early on during the spring season. A group will host Saint Joseph's at 8:00 AM on Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis, while the top players will travel to St. Bonaventure (Saturday, 11:00 AM) and Syracuse (Sunday, 9:00 AM).
"This will be a very challenging weekend for us, but I think we are up to the challenge," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear, who needs just one win for 500 in his career. "More than results, we are just looking to keep improving and keep getting better. Playing teams like this will help us immensely and we will learn a lot about ourselves this weekend."
Saint Joseph's enters the match with an 0-1 record after dropping its opener to Penn. The Hawks were an improved team last year, winning their most matches since 2007, compiling nine victories. The Midshipmen own a 2-0 series advantage against Saint Joseph's, winning in each of the last two seasons by identical 6-1 scores.
St. Bonaventure has traditionally been a power in the Atlantic 10 Conference and opens its season this weekend against Navy. The Bonnies went 11-9 last year and this year's meeting will be the second meeting between the two squads. Navy won by a 5-2 score during the 2010 season.
Syracuse has started the season 0-3, but was ranked No. 72 in the initial ITA National Rankings on Jan. 3. The Orange have lost to No. 43-ranked South Florida (6-1), No. 22-ranked Georgia Tech (6-1) and current No. 72-ranked Georgia State (5-2). Syracuse, which is coached by 1993 French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen, defeated the Midshipmen, 6-1, during the 2011 season.
Five players, Emani Decquir (No. 1), Erin Snook (No. 2), Darien Sears (No. 3), Logan Antill (No. 4) and Sam Droop (No. 5) all went 1-1 last weekend, while Dye Das and Stefanie Ton each won matches at No. 6 singles. Antill leads Navy on the young season with 13 wins, while Snook (56 wins), Decquir (54 wins) and Ton (50 wins) have all surpassed the 50-win plateau for their careers. The Midshipmen own just a 2-4 doubles record in dual meets as Noelle Kaufmann and Snook have a win at No. 1 singles, while Antill and Sears own a victory at No. 3 singles.
Navy will return home next weekend to host Villanova on Saturday and George Mason and Morgan State on Sunday at the Tose Family Tennis Center.
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