Oct. 11, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's tennis team returns to action this weekend when it hosts seven other teams in the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational. Action gets underway Friday at noon and will conclude Sunday at the Brigade Sports Complex.
Teams scheduled to compete are Navy, James Madison, Towson, UMBC, Pittsburgh, Hofstra, Long Island and George Washington.
The Midshipmen competed last weekend in the Wake Forest Invitational, compiling a 19-21 singles record and a 6-12 doubles record against top-notch competition. Navy's best finish came from senior Stefanie Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) in the F Flight, where she reached the semifinals and won the third-place match in a three-set triumph over Jamie Grinberg of UNC Greensboro. Mikaela Carlson (Fr. / Carmel, Ind.) and Dye Das (Sr. / Cherry Hill, N.J.) also performed well in that flight as both reached the quarterfinals and won consolation matches. Eight of Navy's 19 victories during the weekend came from that trio.
Vivian Chau (Rowland Heights, Calif.) also had a strong performance winning all three of her round-robin matches in the G Flight bracket.
In doubles action, the tandem of Carlson and Tracy Thorsell (Fr. / Martinsville, Ind.) reached the finals in D Flight after winning a pair of matches.
Five different players have already won at least seven matches this fall, led by Das with an 8-3 record and Gabby Winter (So. / Orlando, Fla.) with an 8-4 mark. Logan Antill (Fr. / Butler, Pa.) is 7-4 overall, Emani Decquir (Sr. / Sacramento, Calif.) is 7-4 and Sam Droop (Fr. / Hilton Head Island, S.C.) is 7-3.
Antill and Winter have teamed for an 8-4 overall record in doubles play, while Cassandra Fisbeck
(Fr. / Granada Hills, Calif.) and Darien Sears
(Jr. / Silver Spring, Md.) are a combined 5-3. Just one other pairing, Noelle Kaufmann
(So. / Westlake, Ohio) and Erin Snook
(Jr. / Tampa, Fla.), have won at least four matches.
Two Navy players have recently surpassed the 50-win plateau in singles play as Emani Decquir and Erin Shook have 53 and 50 career wins each, respectively. Ton will likely be next on the list with 48 victories. Added to her 46 doubles victories, Decquir needs just one more win to become the first Navy player in school history with 100 combined wins. Ton is next with 92.
Select Navy individuals will compete next weekend in the ITA / USTA Atlantic Region Championship in Blacksburg, Va., beginning on Friday, Oct. 19.
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