Feb. 7, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's tennis team (7-1) will host a pair of matches on Saturday at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex. The Mids will open the day against Longwood (0-1) at 9:00 AM and then host James Madison (0-1) at 3:00 PM in the second match of the doubleheader.
Navy has won six straight matches this spring and 30 of its last 33 dating back to last season. Navy's only loss this dual season came at No. 49 Penn State, 7-0, on January 19.
The Mids have also won 22 straight home matches, the longest streak in program history.
Navy went 4-0 last weekend, defeating George Washington (4-3), Villanova (6-1), George Mason (5-2) and Morgan State (7-0).
Navy earned its first-ever dual win against George Washington and sophomore Mikaela Carlson scored the clinching singles win at No. 6. Carlson was a combined 3-1 last week and she also won at No. 1 singles in Navy's victory over George Mason.
Freshman Audrey Channell improved to 3-0 in dual play last weekend after winning a pair of singles matches. Sophomore Sam Droop is 4-1, with Carlson and junior Gabby Winter each standing at 3-1 this spring in dual play.
As a team, Navy is 33-15 in singles play but 10-11 in doubles matches.
Head coach Keith Puryear won his 300th career women's match last weekend in Navy's defeat of Villanova. Puryear is now 302-150 as a women's tennis head coach and he also has a career record of 228-176 as a men's head coach. Puryear has a combined coaching record of 530-326.
Navy has defeated Longwood in each of the last three seasons with all three matches being played in Annapolis.
Navy and James Madison will be meeting for the second time in series history on Saturday. Navy defeated the Dukes, 4-3, on February 17, 2013. James Madison competed at Navy's Blue and Gold Invitational this past fall and won five of the six flights.
Navy will continue its home stand next weekend by hosting Radford and Richmond on Sunday.