May 9, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team wrapped up its record-breaking season with its team banquet where head coach Keith Puryear handed out the team awards and honored the squad for its achievements during the season.
The Midshipmen posted a 25-5 overall mark this season, setting the school record for wins in a season. After starting the campaign 2-3, the Midshipmen rattled off a school-record 17 wins in a row. Navy finished the season by winning 23 of its last 25 matches over a three-month span.
Navy has been an NCAA Division I program for four years and has compiled a 80-22 record (.784) during that span, including a 19-6 record against Patriot League foes (.760). The Mids own a 60-10 (.857) mark in matches played in Annapolis, concluding the 2013 season with 15 home wins in a row. In a 7-0 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 26, 2013, head coach Keith Puryear won his 500th career match (men's and women's combined).
Senior Emani Decquir (Sacramento, Calif.) was named the team MVP after being selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year on Wednesday. One of six players in Patriot League history to be named first-team all-Patriot League four times, Decquir finished the season with a 22-12 overall record and a 14-5 mark at No. 1 singles during the spring dual-meet schedule. Her 22 wins are the seventh most in a season in school history and she finished her career with a 68-51 record, the second-most wins in school history. She recorded 42 dual-meet wins during her four years at Navy, 22 of which (22-12 record) came at No. 1 singles, with the other 20 (20-20 record) coming at No. 2 singles. She ended her career on a five-match winning streak that included a 6-2, 6-1 win over Army's Colton in the Patriot League Tournament. She went 4-1 this year against Patriot League foes and concluded her career with a 16-5 record against Patriot League opposition.
Decquir picked up singles victories over four fellow all-Patriot League selections during the regular season and a fifth win in the league tournament over Colton. She was leading in two other matches that did not finish when the team results had been clinched during the league tournament.
On the doubles side, Decquir finished with a 16-16 record in 2012-13 and a 59-58 career record, the most doubles wins by an individual in school history. Decquir played most of her doubles career at Nos. 1 (22-18 record) and 2 (23-17), where she has the record for most wins in school history at those two positions. Her 127 combined wins (68 singles, 59 doubles) are a school record and she finished 2013 with career highs in singles wins (22), doubles wins (16) and combined victories (38).
Junior Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) was named the team's Most Improved Player. The 2013 first-team all-Patriot League honoree posted a 24-10 overall record that featured a 15-3 dual-meet record and a 6-0 record against all Patriot League opposition at No. 2 singles. Her 24 wins are tied for the second most in a season in school history and she now ranks second (24 - 2013), second (24 - 2011) and sixth (23 - 2012) on the Navy single-season wins list. She will enter her senior season in 2013-14 with a nine-match winning streak, tied for the second-longest winning streak in school history.
Snook is the school's career wins leader with a 71-28 record and has a sterling 52-12 record in dual-meet competitions, featuring a 17-1 record against Patriot League opponents. She already has 116 combined wins (71 singles, 45 doubles) to her credit entering his senior season.
Senior Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) and junior Darien Sears (Silver Spring, Md.) were named recipients of the Unsung Hero Award. Ton, who was an all-Patriot League second-team honoree in 2011 and 2012, finished the season with a 21-10 record and a 15-6 dual mark at No. 5 singles. This year's team captain, Ton concluded her career with a 65-42 career record, good for third on the school's career wins list. She finished doubles play with a 50-50 career mark, the second-most victories in school history, and her 115 combined wins are the third most in school history.
Sears was named to the all-Patriot League second team one year after being honored on the first team. Playing No. 3 singles, Sears recorded a 20-11 overall mark that featured a 16-5 dual-meet record and a six-match winning streak to end the season. She finished the year with a 6-1 record against all Patriot League opposition in 2013 and her 20 victories tied for the ninth most in a season in school history. In December, Sears was the USTA / Maryland Collegiate Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Sears will enter her senior season with a 60-36 career mark, the fourth-most wins in a career in school history. She has added 45 doubles wins for 105 career combined victories.
Navy will return four singles starters in Snook (No. 2), Sears (No. 3) and freshmen Logan Antill (Butler, Pa.) at No. 5 (25-13 record) and Katie Porter (Matthews, N.C.) at No. 6 singles (15-4 record) for the 2013-14 season, as well as welcome in another highly-regarded recruiting class.
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