Feb. 14, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After severe winter weather wiped out all three of last weekend's matches, the Army women's tennis will be back in action this Friday and Saturday at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights are set to host Massachusetts (3 p.m.) and St. Bonaventure (7 p.m.) in a Friday doubleheader and close out the weekend versus Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday at 11 a.m.
While not competing last weekend, Army picked up its first three dual match wins of the spring the previous weekend at home. The Black Knights handled Binghamton (6-1) before outlasting Sacred Heart (4-3) and Seton Hall (5-2) in a pair of highly contested matches.
Army won the doubles point in all three matches during its last outing of the season.
In singles play, freshman Haley O'Connor provided heroics, winning back-to-back three-set matches during the doubleheader. Her thrilling 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Sacred Heart's Paige Olson clinched the Black Knights' victory and ended a four-hour long match. All but one singles match against Seton Hall took three sets to decide. O'Connor, Elle Taylor and Maya Parker all recorded victories.
Three of six singles sets the following night against Seton Hall also required three sets. Jamila Paul, Eva Sung, Elle Taylor and Gabriella Spindler were all winners.
Army battled individual foes from many of this weekend's opponents during fall tournament play.
UMass enters the weekend with a 3-1 record with the team's lone loss coming against No. 67 Brown. Like Army, the Minutewomen had all of last weekend's matches cancelled due to severe weather. The Black Knights hold a 13-4 record against UMass since the first meeting in 1994. The Minutewomen have posted wins in two of the last three meetings, including a 6-1 victory last season in Amherst, Mass.
St. Bonaventure comes to West Point sporting a 2-4 record with two of those losses coming against Navy and Colgate out of the Patriot League. The Bonnies have dropped two matches in a row and will also visit Bucknell on Sunday. Army is 5-0 all-time against St. Bonaventure.
Fairleigh Dickinson dropped a 5-2 decision against Rutgers in its spring debut on Wednesday night. Since the first meeting in 1988, the Black Knights are 8-3 all-time against FDU. The last three meetings between the teams have resulted in 4-3 scores. Army won in 2010 and 2011, but the Knights scored a 4-3 win at West Point last spring.
Results throughout this weekend's matches will be available by logging on to www.goARMYsports.com as they become available. Fans are encouraged to follow @Army_WTennis for the latest women's tennis information.