Women’s Tennis to Host the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational This Weekend
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women’s tennis program will host the eighth annual Navy Blue & Gold Invitational this Friday to Sunday. Play will begin at 9:00 AM each day.
The bulk of the tournament will be played at the Brigade Sports Complex, which consist of the outdoor Fluegel-Moore Tennis Stadium and the indoor Tose Family Tennis Center. Some matches will also be contested at the Bancroft Hall Eighth Wing Tennis Courts on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. The courts at the Brigade Sports Complex are open to the public. Fans must show photo ID and walk through the Gate One pedestrian gate to watch the action at the Eighth Wing courts.
The 11-team tournament will feature six singles flights and three doubles flights. The 11 participating teams consist of Navy, Binghamton, UConn, George Mason, George Washington, Howard, Maryland, Morgan State, Rutgers, Towson and Seton Hall.
Navy’s last full-team event was the Bill and Sandra Moore Invitational from Sept. 15-17, where the Mids won four of the six flights. Senior Amanda Keller won the A singles flight and teamed with sophomore Kaylah Hodge to win the A doubles flight. Freshman Brooke Bogdanovich won the B singles flight and senior Carlee Conway won the C singles flight.
Although the rest of the Navy women’s tennis program has not competed since the Moore Invitational, Keller participated in the 2017 Milwaukee Tennis Classic from Sept. 22-24. Keller dropped her first match in the Round of 32 to No. 59 Miranda Ramirez of Syracuse, but went on to win three consolation matches against players from Louisiana Monroe, Drake and Wisconsin.
Cyr won the C singles flight and Dervishian won the D singles flight at Navy’s season-opening Stony Brook Invitational in September.
Keller and Hodge are a team-best 6-1 in doubles matches this fall.
Keller ranks third in school history in career singles wins (76), fourth in career doubles wins (53) and third in combined singles and doubles wins (129). Senior Claudia Mackenzie is seventh in career doubles wins (48) and junior Josie Rogers is already 10th in career singles wins (45).
At last year’s Blue & Gold Invitational, Navy’s Catalina Rico won the D singles flight and Hodge won the E singles flight.
Navy will next send its qualified players to the ITA/USTA Atlantic Regional from Oct. 13-17 in Blacksburg, Va.