BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The second-seeded Navy women’s tennis team (22-6, 4-1 Patriot League) saw its run in the Patriot League Tournament come to an end in a 4-0 defeat to third-seeded Army (24-9, 5-2 Patriot League) Saturday at the Ulrich Varsity Tennis Courts. The Midshipmen narrowly lost the doubles point to the Black Knights, followed by dropping each of the three finished singles matches in straight sets.
“Congratulations to Army, they played a better match than we did,” said head coach Keith Puryear. “We had chances across the board but didn’t capitalize. Those opportunities don’t always come around a second time in a tennis match, and they didn’t today. Emily (Tannenbaum) was a few points from possibly closing out her match and Stella (Ribaudo) fought back valiantly from being down in the first to win it in a close one. Kacey (Moore) was up a set as well, but overall we needed better execution. “
Navy’s 22 wins this season finishes tied for the third-best win total in team history, while Emily Tannenbaum (Fr., Commack, NY) recorded her 47th combined win of the season on Saturday which is the second-highest combined win total for a season in the history of the Navy women’s tennis program.
Play opened on Saturday with a fierce battle in doubles competition, as the Midshipmen duo of Tannenbaum and Casey Accola (Jr., Winter Garden, Fla.) Earned victory at the No. 3 doubles over Paola Bou and Sam Dimaio (6-2). Army responded quickly at the No. 2 position, as Cooper Jackson and Paige Herremans bested Katreina Corpuz (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawai’i) and Meghana Komarraju (Sr., Vienna, Va.) To even the competition at one match apiece (6-2).
The final contest to be decided was the No. 1 doubles, which featured a matchup between the Navy pairing of Kacey Moore (Sr., Wellington, Fla.) And Jillian Taggart (Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif.) Along with the Black Knights’ Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent. Army ultimately came away with the doubles point and an early 1-0 advantage after netting a narrow decision at the No. 1 position (7-5).
In singles, Army extended its lead to two points over the Mids as Herremans downed Accola in straight sets at the No. 6 position (6-4, 6-4), followed by Bou defeating Corpuz in the No. 4 match (6- 1, 6-3) to put the Black Knights one point away from securing victory.
A 4-0 decision would be finalized in favor of Army just moments later at the No. 3 singles, as Jackson bested Komarraju in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to cement the fourth and deciding point. At the time of the clinching point, the Midshipmen were leading in two of the remaining three contests.
Tannenbaum took the first set of the No. 1 singles match over Dolehide, 6-4, prior to jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Moore took the first set of the No. 2 singles, 7-5, over Vincent and led 2-1 through three points in the second set. At the No. 5 position, Ribaudo earned a 7-5 win in the first set over Justin Dondonay, but trailed 4-3 in the second set at the time of the stoppage.
“We would like to thank our soon to graduate seniors for their dedication to our tennis program,” remarked Puryear on his three-member senior class of Corpuz, Komarraju and Moore. “All three, Meghana, Kat and Kacey were four-year starters for our team. Their drive, competitiveness, work ethic and humility has added so much to the culture of our program. They leave us in a good place and we look forward to following their futures as Naval officers and beyond. “