April 10, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Navy women's tennis team closed out its road schedule in strong fashion with a 4-3 victory over a good Bryant team on Saturday morning. The win was Navy's fourth in a row and the team's eighth victory in its last nine matches.
Navy is now 11-3 overall in its first year at the varsity level, while Bryant dropped to 3-11 overall.
"The conditions today were tough as the weather was extremely blustery and cold. This was a good win," said Navy head coach Keith Puryear. "To go into a quality team's home and come out with a win is always a great accomplishment, especially for a young team like ours."
Navy once again won the crucial doubles point by winning two of the three matches. At No. 1 doubles, Navy's Emani Decquir and Brittney Boucher improved to 7-2 this spring with an 8-4 win over Claudia Hidalgo and Valeria Couto Cuervo.
The Mids then clinched the doubles point at No. 2 doubles when freshmen Dye Das and Stefanie Ton defeated Irma Rodriguez and Chelsea Downing, 8-2. The victory moved the doubles pair to 8-1 this spring.
Navy split the six singles matches, but was able to earn the 4-3 victory, thanks to the doubles points.
Navy received wins at Nos. 2-4 from Boucher, Ton and Das.
At No. 2, Brittney Boucher moved to 11-2 this spring with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Couto Cuervo.
Ton, a freshman, won at No. 3 singles when her opponent, Morganne Downing, retired after Ton won the first set, 6-0. The victory improved her to 10-3 this spring and was her fourth victory in a row.
Navy's last victory came at No. 4 singles from Dye Das
. Das defeated Katie Francazio, 6-1, 6-3, for her 10th victory of the spring. Das has now won three matches in a row.
Navy will close out its regular season on Tuesday against Coppin State, beginning at 3:00 pm at the Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex. Navy will then compete in its first Patriot League Tournament starting next Friday in Hamilton, N.Y., and hosted by Colgate. Navy is currently in third place in the Patriot League standings with a 2-1 record.
"We are now looking forward to continuing preparations for conference," said Puryear. "We are excited to enter this next week and hopefully put it all together."
1) Claudia Hidalgo (B) d. Emani Decquir, 6-3, 6-0
2) Brittney Boucher (N) d. Valeria Couto Cuervo, 6-1, 6-3
3) Stefanie Ton (N) d. Morganne Downing, 6-0, retired
4) Dye Das (N) d. Katie Francazio, 6-1, 6-3
5) Irma Rodriguez (B) d. Natalie Houle, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
6) Chelsea Downing (B) d. Lindsay Olsen, 6-1, 6-3
1) Decquir / Boucher (N) d. Hidalgo / Couto Cuervo, 8-4
2) Das / Ton (N) d. Rodriguez / Downing, 8-2
3) Francazio / Tausek (B) d. Olsen / Dias, 8-3
# GO NAVY #