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Women’s Tennis Pulls Away for Home Wins over Howard and Saint Joseph’s

Women’s Tennis Pulls Away for Home Wins over Howard and Saint Joseph’s

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – It was a 2-0 Saturday for the Navy women’s tennis team (5-1), as the Midshipmen held off a tough Howard squad (0-4) by a 4-3 score before closing the day with a 7-0 win against Saint Joseph’s (0-2) at the Tose Family Tennis Center.
 
Howard Recap
In the morning session, Navy took the first doubles match when the No. pairing of junior Emily Tannenbaum and freshman Olivia Fermo defeated Ava Chambers and Selah Stibbins, 6-1. The Bison would rally to take the doubles point, as the top duo of Imani Jean and Nadia Pegram grabbed a 6-4 victory over sophomore Sia Chaudry and senior Samantha Johns, while Sifa Butcher and Dana Hall battled to a 7-6 (7-5) win against the junior pair of Kate Lee and Parvathi Shanker on the No. 3 court.
 
Pegram extended the Howard lead when she scored the first singles win of the match, beating freshman Manci Pal, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 4 position, but fellow Navy freshman Anna Jordaan posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Hall at the No. 5 spot and Chaudry knocked off Chambers by a 6-2, 6-1 on the second court to even the score.
 
A pair of veterans in Tannenbaum and Johns helped complete the Navy comeback, as Tannenbaum toughed out a 6-3, 6-4 win over Butcher in the No. 1 matchup right before Johns beat Stibbins in a 6-3, 6-1 decision in the No. 3 position. Rounding out singles play was Jean outlasting freshman Julia Lee on the No. 6 court, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.
 
Saint Joseph’s Recap
The Mids opened the back half of the doubleheader by sweeping the doubles slate, as senior captain Stella Ribaudo and freshman Makaila Cheng notched a 6-1 win in the top spot against Fabiana Tort-Umpierre and Victoria Tracey, while Jordaan and junior Sylvia Eklund also got a 6-1 victory in the No. 3 spot over the twin pairing of Ireland and Sophia Amato. Completing the sweep were Pal and Julia Lee with a 6-4 win in a No. 2 battle against Ana Ocasio and Kirsten Wijnsema.
 
Navy continued to roll in singles play, as Kate Lee quickly scored a 6-1, 6-0 win over Tracey in the No. 2 spot. A pair of freshmen clinched the match for Navy with their wins, as Fermo beat Sophia Amato, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 3 position while Cheng got a 6-2, 6-2 victory on the fifth court against Brooke Tackett.
 
Wrapping up the day, Ribaudo racked up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tort-Umpierre in the top matchup, while Eklund posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court No. 6 over Ireland Amato and Shanker beat out Charlotte Kordonowy, 1-6, 6-4, 10-7, in the No. 5 position.
 
Match Notes
• Navy improves to 10-2 all-time over Howard.
• The all-time series with Saint Joseph’s now sits at 11-1 in favor of Navy.
• With her doubles and singles wins against Howard, Tannenbaum is now tied with Emani Decquir at 127 combined career wins, good for fifth in program history.
• Tannenbaum has won her last six singles matches, while Chaudry and Fermo are each on four-match winning streaks in singles action.
• Eklund and Jordaan have won their last six matches as a doubles pairing.
 
Up Next
Navy closes out the weekend on Sunday with a trip to Wilmington, Del., taking on Delaware at 3 p.m.