Navy Women's Tennis to Open 2017-18 Season at the Stony Brook Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's tennis program will open its ninth season as a Division I varsity program and its 10th season overall at the Stony Brook Invitational this Friday to Sunday. Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk established the Navy women's tennis program in the fall of 2008. The team played one season at the club level in 2008-09 and has competed at the varsity level ever since.
Head coach Keith Puryear, the only head coach in Navy women's tennis program history, won his 600th career match last season. Puryear enters the 2017-18 season with a career head coaching record of 602-362 and is 159-59 during his tenure at Navy.
Puryear led Navy to an 18-12 record last season and the Mids were 4-2 in the Patriot League. Navy advanced to the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament for the eighth straight season in 2016-17.
Puryear returns all six of Navy's dual-match singles starters from last season and four Midshipmen who have previously earned All-Patriot League accolades.
Senior captain Amanda Keller is a three-time All-Patriot League honoree. She has been named to the all-league first team once (2016) and the all-conference second team twice. Keller has a career singles record of 68-43 and is 47-25 in doubles play.
Junior Josie Rogers was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team last season. Rogers has won 43 singles matches in her first two seasons at Navy. She was also named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team last year.
Sophomore Ansofi Wreder was named to the all-league second team as a freshman last season. Wreder was a team-best 26-10 in singles play in 2016-17.
Senior Claudia Mackenzie is a fourth current team member who has earned all-league honors. Mackenzie was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team as a sophomore in 2016. Mackenzie has won 37 career singles matches and 44 career doubles matches.
Also returning is sophomore Emily Louie-Meadors, who led Navy in doubles wins (21) and combined singles and doubles wins (42) last season. Senior Carlee Conway and junior Catalina Rico are also back. Conway and Rico each won 29 combined singles and doubles matches last season.
Also returning is sophomore Kaylah Hodge, who along with Keller, earned a No. 9 ranking in the final 2016-17 ITA Atlantic Region Doubles rankings. The pair was 13-2 in doubles overall and 9-0 at the No. 3 doubles position in dual play. Hodge and Keller's honor marked the first time in program history that Navy had individuals ranked in the year-end ITA Regional rankings.
Additional returners for Navy in 2017-18 include: senior Isabel Balsavage, sophomore Aimee Dervishian, sophomore Danika Kahatapitiya and sophomore Meghan O'Malley. Puryear has also brought in four newcomers to the program in freshmen Brooke Bogdanovich, Amanda Cyr, Miranda Deng and Tina Li.
Navy will be competing at the competitive Stony Brook Invitational for the ninth straight season this weekend. Navy has won two singles flights in previous tournaments at Stony Brook. Wreder won the "C" singles flight in 2016 and Keller won the "D" singles flight in 2014.
The Stony Brook Invitational will be the first of four fall tournaments for the Mids in 2017. Navy will host the Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational from Sept. 15-17 and the program will also host the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational from Oct. 6-8. Navy will close the fall tournament season by competing at the ITA/USTA Atlantic Regional at Virginia Tech from Oct. 13-17. Navy's spring dual schedule will be revealed later in the fall.