Feb. 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
For the second weekend in a row, the Army women's tennis team is set to host a trio of matches at Lichtenberg Tennis Center all weekend. The Black Knights will play Rutgers Friday afternoon, followed by Cornell and Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday mornings, respectively.
Army is coming off a 2-1 showing last weekend, which brings the team's record to 5-1 on the season. The Black Knights will be tested early in the weekend as they go up against formidable competition in Rutgers and Cornell.
Junior Jamila Paul has won four of her last five singles matches and leads the team with a 12-4 overall record. One of the team's hottest singles players as of late, freshman Gabriella Spindler has won five-straight matches and is sitting on a 7-2 mark this season. Paul, Haley O'Connor and Kari Pope are each currently riding three-match win streaks. Senior co-captain Erin Colton continues to be mainstay as Army's No. 1.
Army won the doubles point in both of its wins last weekend. Colton and Paul have won five-straight matches and improved to 7-3 in doubles. Pitman and Iliev are 6-3 on the year, while O'Connor and Sung have posted a 6-1 mark as a pair.
Rutgers is 3-2 on the season and coming off a 4-3 win against Cincinnati in its BIG EAST opener. The Scarlet Knights defeated Army, 5-2, in the Garden State last season and improved to 5-16 overall against the Black Knights. Junior Vanessa Petrini headlines the team's singles lineup and ranked fourth in the Northeast region according to the latest ITA regional rankings on Jan. 3.
The only Ivy League team Army will face this spring, Cornell returns to action for the first time in three weeks. Cornell (2-0) last competed on Feb. 2, when it recorded a pair of 6-1 wins over visiting Maryland-Baltimore County and St. John's. Inclement weather has kept the team from competition since then. The Big Red are 12-0 all-time in dual matches against Army and feature 15th-ranked senior Christine Ordway atop the lineup. Saturday's match is set for 9 a.m.
The opposite can be said for UConn, as Army has experienced nothing but success against the Huskies with a 15-0 all-time lead in the series. In a match that was originally scheduled for earlier this month and postponed due to weather, the teams will wrap-up the weekend on Sunday at 10 a.m. UConn split its last two matches, defeating Cincinnati in BIG EAST play before falling to Bryant five days later.
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.