Feb. 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team begins a 14-match homestand this weekend with three matches, hosting Villanova on Saturday before taking on George Mason and Morgan State on Super Bowl Sunday at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex.
Navy, 2-3 overall, hosts Villanova (0-0) at 8:00 AM on Saturday, before taking on George Mason (0-2) at 11:00 AM and Morgan State (1-3) at 3:00 PM on Sunday, respectively.
The Midshipmen are coming off a 1-2 weekend in which their top unit traveled to upstate New York to defeat St. Bonaventure (7-0) and fall to Big East power Syracuse (6-1). Another Navy unit stayed in Annapolis, where it fell to Saint Joseph's, 5-2. Head coach Keith Puryear feels that last weekend's competition will be beneficial in the long run.
"We will really see how much we learned from our match to Syracuse. I hope we can take some of the positives form that match. Syracuse was very battle-tested and challenged us, but I like the way we competed," said Puryear, who won his 500th career match with the victory over St. Bonaventure. "They made us play hard and we need to learn that we have to be able to play the entire match, from the first ball to the last ball."
Leading the way for Navy is freshman Logan Antill (Butler, Pa.) who owns a 15-6 overall record and a 3-1 dual-meet mark. She needs just one win to move into the Navy single-season top 10 victories list and is the lone Midshipman with three dual-meet victories this year.
Junior Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) owns an 11-9 record (2-2 duals) while being Navy's career singles victories leader with 58. Emani Decquir (Sr. / Sacramento, Calif.) owns a 10-9 overall record and is 2-2 in dual-meeet action at No. 1 singles. Decquir ranks second on the career wins list with 56.
Overall, Navy owns a 15-15 dual-meet singles record, including a 4-1 mark at No. 6 doubles, where Stefanie Ton
(Sr. / Milpitas, Calif.) is 2-0.
In doubles action, Navy is 7-8 during the spring season. Noelle Kaufmann (So. / Westlake, Ohio) and Snook are 2-2 at No. 1 doubles while Antill and Darien Sears (Jr. / Silver Spring, Md.) are 2-2 at No. 3 doubles.
"I like the way we are competing, but we need to be better in regards to our execution. This will be a good test for us this weekend. It will take a total team effort and we need everyone to step up," said Puryear.
Navy remains home next weekend, hosting Longwood and Coppin State next Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex.
# GO NAVY #