March 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team will put its unbeaten mark on the line on Sunday against possibly its best opponent to date as George Washington comes to Annapolis for a noon start at the Tose Family Tennis Center.
The Midshipmen, on the verge of entering the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national top 75 rankings for the first time ever, enter the match with an 11-0 overall mark, while George Washington is 3-4 and will face Morgan State on Friday at home. The two teams have a common opponent in Drexel, a team the Midshipmen defeated last weekend by a 4-3 score while the Colonials defeated the Dragons, 5-2, on Feb. 12.
George Washington was picked third in the preseason Atlantic 10 Conference preseason poll behind Richmond and Temple.
The Midshipmen have opened the season with an 11-0 mark which features the longest winning streak in school history (11). Navy has won four matches via 7-0 scores, four more by 6-1 margins and three by 4-3 tallies. In all three of Navy's wins by a 4-3 score, the Midshipmen were forced to rally against Longwood, Seton Hall and Drexel after losing the critical doubles point.
The Midshipmen own a 56-10 (.848) record in singles play during the dual-meet season, including an 11-0 mark at the No. 6 position and 10-1 records at Nos. 3 and 4. Leading the Midshipmen is sophomore Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) who is 9-0 in dual-meet play and has matched the school record set earlier this year by Emani Decquir (Jr. / Sacramento, Calif.) with nine straight victories. She owns a 37-16 career record and is 13-4 overall this year. Junior Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) is 8-0 during dual-meet play and 12-6 overall on the season. Just two of her eight matches this spring have gone to three sets and she owns a 39-27 career record, tied for the most career wins in school history.
(So. / Silver Spring, Md.), Decquir, Noelle Kaufmann
(Fr. / Westlake, Ohio) and Abby Shewalter
(Fr. / Winchester, Mass.) own 7-2, 5-2, 5-0 and 5-0 spring marks, respectively, in singles play adding depth to the Midshipmen's lineup.
Navy has not fared quite as well in doubles play, but still owns a 23-10 (.697) dual-meet record and 8-3 records at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots. Decquir and Ton have teamed up for a 7-3 mark at No. 1 singles to pace the Midshipmen.
Navy is 0-1 all-time against George Washington, losing last year to the Colonials, 5-2, on Feb. 26. The Midshipmen's wins that day came from Snook at No. 5 and Brittney Boucher at No. 6 singles. The Colonials won all three doubles matches.
Navy will end its season-opening homestand next Friday, March 9, when it hosts Delaware at 3:00 pm. The Midshipmen will then head south for Spring Break competing in their first matches away from Annapolis all year.
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