May 7, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team closed out its season by handing out the team awards and recognizing the squad for its performance during the 2012 season at its annual team banquet.
The Midshipmen posted a 20-3 overall record, grabbed the Patriot League Tournament top seed by going 4-0 during Patriot League regular-season play and advanced to the league finals for the second straight year, all coming in just its third year as a varsity program.
Two players, Gabby Winter (Fr. / Orlando, Fla.) and Emani Decquir (Jr. / Sacramento, Calif.) were recognized as winners of the team's Unsung Hero Award (given to the player whose contributions and achievements to the team have been unnoticed or unrecognized, but played a essential part in the success of the program). Winter had a sensational season for head coach Keith Puryear, finishing her freshman campaign with a 24-12 overall record and tied for the most wins by an individual in school history. She won a program-best 10 matches during the fall season, then went 14-6 during dual-meet play at No. 5 singles in the spring, including 5-0 against all Patriot League opposition while leading against her Army opponent in the league finals before being called off the court. Winter won nine of her last 10 matches during the spring.
Decquir won the award after yet another strong season at No. 2 singles. Decquir posted a 19-10 overall record and a 12-7 mark during the spring. Decquir went 5-1 against all Patriot League opposition and her 19 wins were the sixth most by an individual in school history. Decquir ranks second on the school's career singles wins list with 46, is first in doubles victories with 43 and first in combined wins with 89. She won six of her last eight matches on the season.
A pair of players also shared the most improved player award (given to the player who because of her dedication and commitment to her own development has shown the greatest improvement over the past year). Darien Sears
(So. / Silver Spring, Md.) and Noelle Kaufmann
(Fr. / Westlake, Ohio) shared the honor after both having strong campaigns. Sears played the entire season at No. 1 singles posting a 16-16 overall record and a 12-8 dual-meet record. Sears, who spent her freshman campaign playing No. 3 singles, went 3-1 against Patriot League opposition during the regular season. She owns a 40-25 career record to rank fourth on the career wins list and her 16 wins this year are the 10th most in school history.
Kaufmann, meanwhile, had an outstanding spring season after posting a 5-5 mark during the fall competition. She went 13-1 at No. 6 singles during dual-meet play for an 18-6 overall record, the seventh-most victories in a season in school history and the second-best winning percentage in a season (.750 / min. 10 matches). She owned a school-record 13-match winning streak from Feb. 5 to April 11 and went 4-0 against Patriot League opposition during the spring. Both of her matches went unfinished in the Patriot League Tournament.
Sophomore Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) was given the Bill and Sandra Moore MVP Award (presented to the player who has contributed most to the goals and mission of the women's tennis program for the year). Snook had perhaps the top individual season in school history as she posted a 23-6 overall record that featured a 19-2 dual-meet record at No. 4 singles in the spring. She went 6-0 against all Patriot League opposition, allowing her foes to win just nine combined games in the six matches. She was dominant in the Patriot League Tournament, winning both of her matches in straight sets while allowing just four games won, including a 6-2, 6-0 decision in the finals against Army's Margaret Iliev. She owned separate win streaks of nine and eight victofies duing the spring. Snook's 23 wins are the fourth most in a season in school history, while her .793 (23-6) winning percentage is tops in school history. Only a sophomore, she is already the school's career wins leader with a 47-18 record, including a remarkable 37-9 (.804) during the spring dual-meet play. She owns 80 combined wins (47 in singles and 33 in doubles).
Navy loses no players from its 2012 squad and head coach Keith Puryear, who needs just two wins for 500 in his career and owns a 55-17 (.764) in just three seasons at Navy, will welcome in a recruiting class that is among the nation's best mid-major classes in America according to TennisRecruiting.net(.)
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