March 8, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team will close out its season-long 13-match homestand on Friday when it hosts Delaware at 3:00 pm at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex. The Mids will play their first match away from home next week when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to face Quinnipiac and Long Island.
The Midshipmen enter the match with Delaware coming off a loss for the first time this season and with an 11-1 record. The Midshipmen fell to a strong George Washington squad on Sunday, 6-1, snapping their program-record 11-match winning streak and giving Navy its first loss of the season. In the 11 wins, 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 for victories against Longwood, Seton Hall and Drexel after losing the critical doubles point.
Delaware will provide another stern test for the Midshipmen, owning a 3-0 mark this spring with wins over Lehigh (7-0), Morgan State (7-0) and Saint Joseph's (4-3). Navy defeated Saint Joseph's, 6-1, as the Hawks are the only similar opponent between the two squads. Delaware leads the series against Navy, 1-0, having defeated the Midshipmen, 5-2, a year ago.
Navy is led by junior Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) at No. 3 singles. Ton owns an 8-0 dual-meet record and was named the Patriot League Women's Tennis Player of the Month (February) on Wednesday. Her eight-match singles winning streak is tied for the second longest in school history and she has 39 career victories, tied for the most in school history with classmate Emani Decquir (Sacramento, Calif.). The duo of Ton and Decquir own a 7-4 mark at No. 1 doubles, and after losing its first two matches this spring, the pair is 7-2 since.
Darien Sears (So. / Silver Spring, Md.) will likely play No. 1 singles and is 11-11 overall this year, but 7-3 in dual-meet play. She is 6-2 in her last eight outings.
Decquir typically occupies the No. 2 singles position and the two-time first-team all-Patriot League performer has had a strong year posting a 12-6 overall record and a 5-3 dual record. Decquir is tied with Ton for the top spot on the school's career victories list (39) and she has added 39 career doubles victories for 78 combined wins, the most in school history.
Erin Snook (So. / Tampa, Fla.) owns a 9-1 dual-meet mark, including a 7-0 record at her customary spot, No. 4 singles. Snook is 13-5 overall this year and her career winning percentage of .685 (37-17) is the second-best mark for a player that has won at least 10 matches during her career. Despite playing a year less than Ton and Decquir, she is just two wins shy of tying them for the career victories record.
Freshman Gabby Winter (Orlando, Fla.) had a sensational spring season and leads Navy with 15 wins (against 11 losses), already ranking fifth on the single-season victories list.
A number of Midshipmen have held down the No. 6 position, but combined the group is 12-0 in dual-meet action. Freshmen Noelle Kaufmann (Westlake, Ohio) and Abby Shewalter (Winchester, Mass.) are 4-0 and 3-0, respectively. Dye Das (Jr. / Cherry Hill, N.J.), Katie Laderer (Jr. / Norfolk, Va.) and Kristy Yau (Fr. / Dacula, Ga.) have also won matches at the No. 6 slot.
Snook and Kaufmann own a 7-3 record at No. 2 doubles, while Sears and Shewalter and Natalie Houle (Jr. / The Woodlands, Texas) and Caitlin Olsen (So. / Los Gatos, Calif.) are both 3-2 at No. 3 doubles.
Navy will head to the Sunshine State and Orlando, Fla., for a Spring Break trip next week, its first action away from Annapolis this season. The Midshipmen will play Quinnipiac on Tuesday at 8:00 am at Poinciana High School and will then face Long Island on Wednesday at 2:30 at Azalea Lane.
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