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Women’s Tennis Gets Ready for Another Busy Weekend

Women’s Tennis Gets Ready for Another Busy Weekend

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Another packed weekend awaits the Navy women’s tennis team (3-1), as the Midshipmen prepare for three matches to open up the month of February.
 
Navy will get the weekend started with a home doubleheader at the Tose Family Tennis Center, hosting Howard (0-3) at 9 a.m. on Saturday before welcoming Saint Joseph’s (0-1) to town at noon. The Mids then close out the weekend on Sunday, heading up to Delaware (1-0) for a 3 p.m. match at the DuPont Country Club.
 
Last Time Out
Last weekend saw the Mids split a pair of matches, as Navy responded after a 4-3 road loss at Richmond on Saturday by pulling out a 5-2 victory over Villanova the next day in Annapolis … Richmond got the early edge by taking the doubles point despite a 6-3 win from senior Samantha Johns and sophomore Sia Chaudry on the top court, while singles wins from Chaudry, Johns and junior Emily Tannenbaum in the top three spots could not prevent the Spiders from taking the match … Sunday’s win against Villanova saw the Wildcats earn the doubles point before the Mids bounced back with singles victories courtesy of Tannenbaum, Chaudry and freshmen Manci Pal, Anna Jordaan and Julia Lee.
 
Tannenbaum Watching the Record Book
With 71 career singles wins, Tannenbaum now stands alone in fourth in program history, passing former teammate Kacey Moore’s 70 singles victories … Tannenbaum needs eight more singles wins to pass Darien Sears (78 career wins) for third in program history … The junior is also three wins shy of passing Emani Decquir’s 127 combined career wins for fifth in program history.
 
Rookie Contributions
The freshman class for Navy have helped in a big way early this spring, going a combined 8-0 in dual-match singles play … Jordaan, Lee and Pal have all gone 2-0 in singles matches this spring, while Makaila Cheng and Olivia Fermo both own 1-0 records … The freshmen have also aided the Mids in doubles play with a combined 3-3 record, with all-freshman pairings going 2-2 over the opening four dual matches.
 
Scouting Howard
The Bison began the spring with a tough slate, going on the road to Rutgers and Penn for the opening weekend, falling 7-0 both times, before battling to a 5-2 loss at James Madison last weekend … Winning six of its final eight matches, Howard posted an 8-11 mark last season, going 4-2 in MEAC action and making a run to the conference semifinals before bowing out against top-seeded South Carolina State … A pair of All-MEAC performers return for the Bison, as First Teamer Sifa Butcher is back alongside Second Team selection Selah Stibbins.
 
Scouting Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks opened the spring schedule with a 4-0 loss at Penn on Jan. 26 … Saint Joseph’s went 7-12 last season, propelled by a 3-1 start, but went 0-7 in Atlantic 10 action … Jeff Puhan is in his first season as the Hawks’ head coach.
 
Scouting Delaware
The Blue Hens kicked off the spring last Saturday with a 6-1 victory at home over Villanova, as Delaware swept the three doubles matches while Eliza Askarova, Slade Coetzee, Alina Vasilenko, Maryia Hrynashka and Julieta Honrubia all scored singles wins … Delaware went 21-4 last season, posting a 7-1 CAA record before being upset by Drexel in the CAA Quarterfinals … Askarova is coming off a 2022-23 campaign that saw her and now-graduated Adel-Byanu Abidullina earn First Team All-CAA Doubles selection and qualify for the NCAA Doubles Tournament … Askarova also earned Second Team All-CAA Singles recognition, while Vasilenko took home Third Team All-CAA Singles honors.
 
Series Histories
Navy is 9-2 all-time against Howard, claiming the last seven meetings … The Mids has a 10-1 edge in the all-time series against Saint Joseph’s, winning the previous eight matchups … Navy holds an 8-4 record in the all-time series with Delaware, but the Blue Hens have been victorious in the last two meetings.
 
Up Next
Navy is set for another home doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 11, hosting George Mason and George Washington at the Tose Family Tennis Center.