April 3, 2014
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's tennis team (17-6, 2-0 PL) will host Army (18-2, 4-0 PL) in the second annual Star Match on Saturday at 10:00 AM on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Mids will also host Lafayette (4-3, 1-2 PL) on Sunday at 2:30 PM.
Saturday's match against Army will be played at the USNA Dyer Tennis Courts adjacent to Gate One on Cooper Road. Spectators are encouraged to park downtown and walk through Gate One.
Sunday's match against Lafayette will be played at the Fluegel-Moore Tennis Stadium at the Brigade Sports Complex. Rain on either day would move the matches to the indoor Tose Family Tennis Center in the Brigade Sports Complex.
Although Army and Navy have met four times, Saturday's match will be the first Army-Navy Star Match to be played in Annapolis. Army has defeated Navy in the last three Patriot League Championships, including at Navy in 2011, and the Black Knights won the inaugural regular season Star Match, 6-1, at West Point in 2013.
Army, the winners of the last nine Patriot League Championships, enters Saturday's match at 18-2 and the Black Knights have won 11 of their last 12.
Army's singles lineup of late has consisted of No. 1 Jamila Paul (21-7), No. 2 Carolyn Pitman (18-5), No. 3 Gabriella Spindler (11-10), No. 4 Della Taylor (16-8), No. 5 Elle Taylor (21-9) and No. 6 Allyson Hayley (19-7).
Navy has had experience against Army's top two players as senior Erin Snook defeated Paul at No. 2 singles during the Star Match last season, 7-6 (9-6), 6-3. Paul was leading Snook in the third set at the Patriot League Championship, but the match was unfinished due to Army clinching the team win. Pitman defeated Navy's Logan Antill at both matches last year at No. 4 singles. Paul was an all-league first-team honoree last year, while Pitman was named to the second team.
The Mids will also take on Lafayette on Sunday at 2:30 PM at the Brigade Sports Complex. Navy is 4-0 all-time against Lafayette. Navy defeated Lafayette, 7-0, in the regular season last year and scored a 4-0 win in the Patriot League Quarterfinals.
In three conference matches this season, Lafayette has lost to Army (7-0) and Loyola (7-0), but defeated Holy Cross, 6-1.
Navy has won three straight matches and has won back-to-back matches against Patriot League opponents Colgate and Bucknell.
Snook has played at No. 1 singles all season and owns a 15-9 overall record. Senior Darien Sears has played at No. 2 singles and she is 15-10 overall. Both Snook and Sears are two-time all-conference honorees.
Sophomore Sam Droop is 17-10 overall and a team-best 13-3 in singles play. Droop has played primarily at the No. 3 singles spot. Junior Gabby Winter will play in her first Star Match after missing last spring with an injury. Winter is 10-5 in singles play and 12-9 overall.
Navy will return to action on Thursday, April 10 when the team hosts Lehigh at 3:00 PM.