April 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- For the first time in series history, Navy and Army will battle each other for a Star as the two teams face each other on Sunday, April 7, at 9:00 PM at West Point. The squads will be meeting for the first time during the regular season in series history.
Navy enters the contest as winners of 17 straight matches and a 19-3 overall record, while Army comes in with a 15-4 overall record. Both teams are unbeaten in Patriot League as the Black Knights are 4-0 while Navy is 2-0. The Midshipmen are just three victories away from matching the school-record 22 wins set in 2011. Navy has at least seven matches remaining.
In addition, Army has won 58 straight regular-season matches against Patriot League opposition dating back to 2002. The Black Knights are 2-0 all-time against Navy, having won each of the last two Patriot League Tournament titles against the Midshipmen.
Navy has been off for two weeks, earning a much-deserved break after playing 17 matches since February 2. The Mids' last competition came in a pair of 7-0 victories against Patriot League foes, Bucknell and Colgate on March 23-24.
Army, meanwhile, plays a pair of matches today against LIU Brooklyn and Bryant.
Likely Singles Matchups:
No. 2 singles -- Erin Snook (18-10; 9-3) vs. Eva Sung (14-13; 8-6)
No. 1 singles -- Emani Decquir (17-11; 9-4) vs. Jamila Paul (18-5; 9-2)
Decquir enters the match as the reigning Patriot League Player of the Month, after posting a 9-0 combined record in the month of March ... Decquir is second on Navy's career wins list (63), first in doubles victories (54) and first in combined wins (117) ... Decquir needs one win to move into the single-season top 10 victories list ... Paul has won six matches in a row and is 9-1 in her last 10 matches ... Paul was last year's Patriot League Player of the Year ... the duo has five first-team All-Patriot League honors between them ... Paul defeated Decquir in three sets in last year's PL Tournament.
Snook enters the match as Navy's all-time leader in singles victories (65) ... Snook owns a sterling 65-28 record, including a brilliant 46-12 mark in dual-meet action ... Snook has won three matches in a row and is 8-2 in her last 10 outings ... Snook was a second-team all-Patriot League performer last year while posting a 23-6 record (19-2 duals) ... defeated Army's Margaret Iliev in straight sets in last year's PL Tournament ... Sung is a freshman that played at Sewickley Academy, the same school as Navy freshman Logan Antill
No. 3 singles -- Darien Sears (14-10; 8-4) vs. Carolyn Pitman (12-5; 7-2)
Sears owns a 14-10 overall mark and an 8-4 dual-meet record ... Sears played No. 1 singles last year, earning first-team all-Patriot League accolades ... Sears has won two matches in a row and is 8-2 in her last 10 outings ... Sears is fourth on the school's all-time wins list (54) and needs five wins for 100 combined in her career (41 doubles wins) ... Pitman overcame an injury-plagued fall and has now won six matches in a row this spring... the freshman is 3-0 against PL opponents.
No. 4 singles -- Logan Antill (21-10; 9-5) vs. Della Taylor (10-6; 7-5) or Gabriella Spindler (21-7; 10-2)
Antill ranks fifth already on the single-season wins list at Navy with 21, and set a school record for most wins in the fall with 12 ... Antill has won both of her matches against league opponents this year and during the fall season, advanced to two tournament finals in her flight ... Army will likely go with junior Della Taylor, who was named second-team all-Patriot League last year, or freshman Gabriella Spindler, who leads the Black Knights with 21 victories ... Army has played seven different players at No. 4 singles, none more than four dual matches.
No. 5 singles -- Stefanie Ton (16-8; 10-4) vs. Margaret Iliev (12-12; 6-5) or Haley O'Connor (13-12; 8-2)
Ton was a second-team all-Patriot League honoree last year with a 17-11 overall record ... Ton is third on the school's career wins list with 60 and second on the doubles win list with 48 ... she is one of three Navy players with at least 100 combined victories ... Ton is 8-0 this year at the No. 5 singles spot and has won three matches in a row ... Army has played nine different players (in 19 matches) at the No. 5 position, with O'Connor leading the way with four matches played.
No. 6 singles -- Katie Porter (11-2; 11-2) vs. Gabriella Spindler (21-7; 10-2) or Elle Taylor (11-5; 8-4)
Porter has been a sensational freshman this spring after missing the fall ... owns a team-best 11-2 dual-meet record and has won four matches in a row ... nine of her 11 dual-meet victories have come in straight sets ... Porter has played all six singles positions this fall ... Army could go a variety of ways as eight different players have seen action at No. 6 singles ... Spindler has the most experience, having played five matches at the slot.
In doubles play, the Midshipmen will likely play Noelle Kaufmann (So. / Westlake, Ohio) and Erin Snook (Jr. / Tampa, Fla.) at No. 1 doubles (9-13 overall; 4-7 dual). The No. 2 slot will be occupied by Decquir and Sam Droop (Fr. / Hilton Head Island, S.C.) or Porter. Decquir and Droop are 8-8 overall and 6-5 in dual action, while Decquir and Porter are 1-0, but were paired together in Navy's last match against Colgate. Lastly, the No. 3 doubles slot will likely be occupied by Antill and Sears, who have posted an 11-4 overall and dual-meet record this year.
Following the match with Army, the Midshipmen will host Towson and Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday in Annapolis.
# GO NAVY #