Navy Women's Tennis Ends Season Ranked in Regional Rankings
Keith Puryear led the Navy women's tennis team to its first regional ranking to close out the 2013 season.
June 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Recording a school-record 25 victories with a school-best 17-match win streak, the Navy women's tennis team ended its season ranked No. 10 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Atlantic region rankings released yesterday.
It marks the first time in Navy's brief four-year history of playing Division I tennis that the Mids have been ranked in any regional poll.
"It is an honor to even be considered among the best teams in the region. I am proud of our team achieving our first regional ranking," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear, who owns a glistening 80-22 record in four competitive seasons at Navy. "The ladies work hard to represent the Academy in a positive fashion in all that we do, so this serves as a feather in the cap for the ladies and all involved with our program."
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. Included in the streak were impressive victories over CAA stalwarts James Madison, Drexel and Delaware, Atlantic 10 power Richmond and Big East members Villanova and Seton Hall.
Individually, three Midshipmen were recognized as well. Recent graduate Emani Decquir (Sacramento, Calif.) earned Navy's first major award for a student-athlete, being named the Patriot League Player of the Year. Rising seniors Erin Snook (Tampa, Fla.) and Darien Sears (Silver Spring, Md.) were selected to the all-Patriot League first and second teams, respectively.
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).
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 welcoming in another highly-regarded recruiting class.
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