March 21, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's tennis team (14-4) will host three matches at the Brigade Sports Complex this weekend. Navy will host Howard (3-3) on Saturday at 12 noon and St. Bonaventure (4-8) on Saturday at 4:00 PM. The Mids will close the weekend by hosting Providence (2-6) on Sunday at 9:00 AM.
This weekend's matches are schedule to be played outdoors at the Fluegel-Moore Tennis Stadium. If inclement weather moves into the area, the matches will be moved indoors to the Tose Family Tennis Center.
Navy will be coming off an 11-day layoff since its last competition when it split a pair of matches in Orlando on its spring break trip. The Mids lost to Coastal Carolina, 5-2, before defeating St. Cloud State, 7-0 on March 11. Navy was scheduled to have two more matches in Florida but they were cancelled due to poor weather.
The top of Navy's lineup has been very successful during the spring dual season as senior Erin Snook leads the way with an 8-4 record at No. 1 singles. Senior captain Darien Sears is 7-3 at No. 2 singles and sophomore Sam Droop is 7-3 at No. 3 singles.
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Keith Puryear, Navy has an all-time record of 94-26 (.783), while the Mids have an impressive home record of 73-12 (.859) in Annapolis.
Navy leads the all-time series against Howard, 3-0, and is 2-0 all-time against St. Bonaventure. The Mids are also 1-0 against Providence, having defeated the Friars, 5-2, in 2010. Howard is facing UMES on Friday before taking on Navy while Providence will play a Big East match at Georgetown on Saturday before playing in Annapolis on Sunday.
Navy's three matches this weekend will be the last non-conference meetings before beginning a six-match Patriot League schedule next weekend. Navy will play at Colgate next Saturday and at Bucknell next Sunday. Navy will then host Army on April 5 in the annual Star Match.
The 2014 Patriot League Tournament will be held from April 17-20 in Lewisburg, Pa. and Navy has been the runner-up in each of the last three seasons.