ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Winners in six-straight matches, along with having an outstanding 13-1 record overall, the Navy women’s tennis team is slated to return to action Tuesday as it travels to the United States Tennis Association National Campus in Orlando, Fla. To begin a four -match spring break slate.
The Mids will open play against Millsaps (3-3) on Tuesday at 11:30 am, followed by a contest against Harvard (5-5) at 3 pm On Wednesday, Navy is scheduled to play Bradley (4-8) at 8 am before taking on Merrimack (3-4) at 11:30 am to round out its four-match schedule. Free, live statistics of all four matches will be available via NavySports.com.
The Midshipmen will be meeting each of the four teams they are scheduled to play for the first time in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
Last time out, Navy improved to 13-1 on the season, along with extending its home-win streak to 12-straight matches, with a 4-3 victory over Temple. The Mids went 2-1 in doubles play to take an early 1-0 lead, before winning three of the six singles contests to secure the one-point win.
Leading the charge for the Midshipmen against the Owls was Stella Ribaudo (So., Chicago, Ill.), Who tallied a pair of wins on the afternoon, beginning with a doubles victory at the No. 3 match with her partner Emily Tannenbaum (Fr., Commack, NY), before securing a point at the No. 6 singles position in a three-set battle (6-4, 3-6, 6-1) over Temple’s Sena Takebe.
Overall Record: 13-1
Home Record: 12-0
Away Record: 1-1
Neutral Record: 0-0
Patriot League Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Keith Puryear I 14th Season at Navy, 33rd Overall (689-386)
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
LEADING THE CHARGE: In singles competition, Tannenbaum leads the way for Navy with an 18-8 record, including an 8-2 mark on the dual season. The freshman has been a consistent presence atop the Midshipmen lineup, having a combined 6-1 mark between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
Team captain Meghana Komarraju (Sr., Vienna, Va.) Ranks second on the team in singles wins this season with a 16-5 record. In addition to ranking second on the team in victories on the singles circuit, Komarraju has won each of her last nine singles matches, the longest such streak on the team.
Rounding out the top performers for the Mids in singles play this season is the pairing of Casey Accola (Jr., Winter Garden, Fla.) And Jillian Taggart (Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif.) With 15 wins apiece. Accola has won four-straight matches and has a 7-2 record in dual play, while Taggart has totaled four of her wins out of the No. 1 position this spring.
TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles competition, the tandem of Komarraju and Katreina Corpuz (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawai’i) lead the way with 13 wins on the season, including a stellar 6-1 mark in dual action. The pairing has won each of its two matches at the No. 1 position, while having a 4-1 record at the No. 2 spot.
Following behind the duo of Corpuz and Komarraju with nine wins this season is the duo of Taggart and Kacey Moore (Sr., Wellington, Fla.). Moore and Taggart have teamed up for six wins in dual action, including six wins in No. 1 doubles matches.
IN THE RECORD BOOK: With its win over Temple, Navy won its 12th-consecutive home match to open the 2022 dual season. The winning streak now ranks as the second-longest home-win streak in program history, along with being the longest such streak to open a dual season. The longest streak of consecutive home victories belongs to the 2013 Navy women’s tennis team that won 14-straight home matches to conclude the season.
WINNING WAYS: The 2021-22 season has been a year filled with winning for the Midshipmen, who have totaled a combined 156-79 record (.664) between tournament and dual singles matches this season. In dual action, Navy has posted an equally impressive 68-19 mark (.786) in singles action. In doubles, the Mids have a 72-27 record (.727) this season, along with being an outstanding 36-5 (.878) in dual play.
CHASING 700: With the win over Temple over the weekend, Navy women’s tennis head coach Keith Puryear improved his all-time record as a head coach to 689-386 (.641), just 11 wins shy of 700 for his career. Over his 14 seasons at Navy, Puryear has totaled 241 wins, in addition to posting 215 wins as the head coach of the UMBC women’s tennis program (1992-2008) and 228 victories at the helm of the Retrievers’ men’s tennis team (1990- 2008).
Overall Record: 3-3
Home Record: 2-0
Away Record: 0-2
Neutral Record: 1-1
SAA Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Agnes Gee I First Season
SCOUTING THE MAJORS
LEADING THE CHARGE: Kelly Morris Clayton leads the way in singles competition for the Majors this season, posting a 3-2 record that includes a pair of wins at the No. 4 position. Camille Fremaux has seen the most action at the No. 1 spot for Millsaps this season, having a 1-3 record.
TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles action, Fremaux and Ameila Christy has teamed up for two wins this season, recording one win apiece at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Fremaux and Morris Clayton has appeared in a team-high three matches at the No. 1 position, having an 0-3 mark.
LAST TIME OUT: Last time out, Millsaps secured a dominant victory over Curry College, 8-1. The Majors took all three doubles competitions, including an 8-0 win by Christy and Mackenzie Vordick in the No. 3 match. Despite a loss at the No. 1 position, Millsaps went on to sweep the remaining seven singles competitions, all in straight sets, to secure the 8-1 win.
Overall Record: 5-5
Home Record: 3-0
Away Record: 0-3
Neutral Record: 2-2
Ivy League Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Traci Green I 15th Season
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
LEADING THE CHARGE: Entering play on Tuesday, Harvard is led in singles competition by Maxi Duncan and Rachel Lim with seven wins apiece. Duncan has seen three of her wins di lei come at the No. 1 position this season, while Lim has totaled a 1-1 record from the No. 4 position in dual play.
TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles play this season, the Crimson is led by the duo of Iveta Daujotaite and Angel You, as the pairing has totaled an overall mark of 4-0 this dual season. Of those four victories, one has come at the No. 2 position, while the other three were tallied at the No. 3 spot.
LAST TIME OUT: Last time out, Harvard fell to nationally-ranked No. 24 Old Dominion, 7-0. The Crimson were up against three Monarchs who own an ITA top-125 singles ranking, as well as the fifth-ranked doubles team. In singles competition, Harvard forces two of the six matches to a third and deciding set, but ultimately were swept.
Overall Record: 4-8
Home Record: 3-0
Away Record: 1-6
Neutral Record: 0-2
MVC Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Matt Tyler I Third Season at Bradley, 13th Overall
SCOUTING THE BRAVES
LEADING THE CHARGE: In singles competition, the Braves are led by the duo of Maria Bezmenov and Nikki Perlwitz with 14 victories apiece. Bozana Lojpur ranks second for Bradley on the singles circuit, posting a 12-10 record, including a team-high four victories at the No. 1 position.
TOP-TANDEMS: The top doubles team for Bradley this season has been the pairing of Lojpur and Perlwitz. The duo has totaled 10 wins on the year, including a perfect 7-0 mark from the No. 3 position in dual action. Madalena Andrade and Kirstin Hailey have played a team-high 12 matches at the No. 1 spot for the Braves, totaling a 5-7 mark.
LAST TIME OUT: The Braves were last in action against Southeast Missouri State, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Red Hawks. Bradley got off to a hot start in the contest, taking the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead after taking two of the three matches. However, the Red Hawks rebounded in singles competition, sweeping the Braves to earn the five-point win.
Overall Record: 3-4
Home Record: 0-2
Away Record: 3-2
Neutral Record: 0-0
NEC Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Lexi Losano I First Season
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
LAST TIME OUT: Last time out, Merrimack was bested by Fairfield, 6-1. The Warriors were swept in doubles playing, losing two matches with one unfinished. In singles competition, the lone victory of the day for Merrimack came at the No. 3 position as Dzhastina Mikhnova bested Aina March (6-2, 6-0). Fairfield went on to win each of the remaining five matches, securing the five-point victory.
Following its four-match slate over spring break, Navy is slated to face its toughest test of the year as it welcomes No. 31 Old Dominion to the Tose Family Tennis Center on March 24. Action is set to get underway against the Monarchs at 2 pm