April 7, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - History was made on Sunday morning as Army and Navy met for the inaugural "star" match in women's tennis. The first regular-season meeting belonged to Army in a 6-1 decision. The teams had met in the previous two Patriot League Tournaments, during which Army defeated its service-academy rival, but never for a regular-season dual match.
The Army victory kept the Black Knights perfect in Patriot League play and ended the Mids' 17-match win streak. Army improved to 18-4 overall and won its 59th-straight regular-season Patriot League match.
Army swept the doubles matches in just under an hour and a half. The team clinched the doubles point with wins at Nos. 3 and 1 in that order. Junior Margaret Iliev and freshman Carolyn Pitman led their Navy counterparts nearly the entire way. The most lopsided of the matches, Iliev and Pitman broke a 4-4 tie with a 4-0 run to win 8-4.
Playing atop the order, sisters Della and Elle Taylor collected an 8-5 win over Navy's Noelle Kaufmann and Erin Snook. The Taylors battled back from down 2-1 to lead 3-2. The sisters later led 7-4 and hung on for the 8-6 victory. The win secured the doubles point in Army's favor for the third-straight match.
Senior tri-captain Erin Colton and junior Jamila Paul outlasted Navy's Sam Troop and Emani Decquir at No. 2. In a back-and-forth bout, the duo turned a 5-4 lead into an 8-5 win and registered its team-best 17th win of the year.
Army won five of six singles matches and four were decided in straight sets. Colton downed Decquir handedly at No. 1, 6-3, 6-2, as did Pitman and Della Taylor at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. Not long after Colton won atop the flight, freshman Gabriella Spindler clinched the match with a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 5. Spindler trailed Stephanie Ton 5-2 in the second set and rallied to win 7-5 and give the Black Knights a 4-1 advantage.
In the longest matches of the afternoon, Paul came up on the short end of a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 decision to Erin Snook at No. 2. Meanwhile in the third flight, freshman Eva Sung and Navy's Darien Sears battled for three hours in the final match of the day. Sung rallied to defeat Sears 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0).
The Black Knights are set to host Fordham on Wednesday, April 10, before facing their final Patriot League opponent of the season. Army travels to Bucknell on Saturday, April 13, for a 12 p.m. conference match. Army will host the Patriot League Tournament April 26-28 at West Point.
Army - 6
Navy - 1
- Elle Taylor/Della Taylor (A) def. Erin Snook/Noelle Kaufmann (N), 8-6
- Erin Colton/Jamila Paul (A) def. Sam Troop/Emani Decquir (N), 8-5
- Carolyn Pitman/Margaret Iliev (A) def. Darien Sears/Logan Antill (N), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
- Colton (A) def. Decquir (N), 6-3, 6-2
- Snook (N) def. Paul (A), 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
- Eva Sung (A) def. Sears (N), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)
- Pitman (A) def. Antill (N), 6-4, 6-2
- Gabriella Spindler (A) def. Stefanie Ton (N), 6-1, 7-5
- D. Taylor (A) def. Katie Porter (N), 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 4, 1, 6, 5, 2, 3