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Women’s Tennis Has Winning Stretch Snapped at Delaware

Women’s Tennis Has Winning Stretch Snapped at Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – With the Midshipmen playing against a talented Delaware squad in their third match of the weekend, the Navy women’s tennis team (5-2) fell to the Blue Hens (2-2) by a 5-2 score Sunday afternoon at the DuPont Country Club.
 
The loss snapped the Mids’ three-match winning streak, while Delaware’s win ended a two-game skid over the last four days.
 
Despite Slade Coetzee and Maryia Hrynashka scoring a 6-2 win to open doubles action against senior captain Stella Ribaudo and freshman Makaila Cheng on the No. 3 court, Navy rebounded to start the afternoon by winning the final two doubles matches.
 
A 6-2 victory from the top pairing of sophomore Sia Chaudry and senior Samantha Johns over Eliza Askarova and Alex Staiculescu paved the way for junior Emily Tannenbaum and freshman Olivia Fermo to post a 7-5 win over Samantha Svendsen and Julieta Honrubia on the No. 2 court to clinch the doubles point.
 
Delaware responded at the onset of singles play, as Askarov beat Chaudry, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 2 position and Alina Vasilenko notched a 6-4, 6-2 victory at the No. 3 spot over Johns. Two more wins helped seal the match for the Blue Hens, as Hrynashka defeated Ribaudo, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 4 spot and Staiculescu racked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over junior Kate Lee in the No. 5 spot.
 
No. 6 singles player Paulina Jurkowska added to the Delaware score with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win against Fermo, but Tannenbaum ended the afternoon on a positive for the Mids, battling out a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory over Coetzee at the top position.
 
Head Coach Keith Puryear Comment
“This weekend was a very positive one for the ladies. After playing two very competitive matches yesterday, we had to turn around and play a very good Delaware team. I like where we are heading as a team. The bright spot today was our doubles play. I thought Emily and Olivia played two really clean matches this weekend, particularly today against Delaware who plays very good doubles. Sam and Sia did as well today, as they took the things they learned from yesterday’s tough loss to beat a tough Delaware team today. I’m also very proud of the tenacity Emily showed in singles, it was a hard-fought win for her. It’s good to see us growing with each match and each competition. We’ll be back to the drawing board on Tuesday to prepare for two more challenges against George Mason and George Washington on Sunday.”
 
Match Notes
• Delaware trimmed the Navy edge in the all-time series to 8-5.
• Tannenbaum has now won seven-straight singles matches and moved to 5-0 this spring.
• With 129 combined career wins, Tannenbaum moved into sole possession of fifth in program history.
 
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.