March 1, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's tennis team gets back to work on improving its 6-3 record with three home matches this weekend. The Black Knights will host Quinnipiac (9 a.m.) and Marist (5 p.m.) on Saturday before welcoming Siena to Lichtenberg Tennis Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Army capped a 1-2 effort last weekend with a 5-2 win over visiting Connecticut - the program's 16th-straight over the Huskies.
This weekend will be the final tune-up before the start of Patriot League play and also the third weekend in a row the Black Knights will play at home.
Junior Jamila Paul and freshman Gabriella Spindler represent the team's top two singles players in terms of victories. Paul is 13-5 on the year and has won four of her last five matches. Spindler leads the team in wins (15-6) and downed five of her last six opponents.
Paul and Spindler, along with freshman Carolyn Pitman and sophomore Elle Taylor, are coming off wins against UConn last Sunday.
Taylor and older sister, Della, played atop Army's doubles lineup in all three matches last weekend. The pair posted a pair of wins. Paul and senior co-captain Erin Colton are 11-6 as a pair on the season. Pitman and junior Margaret Iliev, along with rookie pair Eva Sung and Haley O'Connor, are second to Paul and Colton with seven wins apiece.
The Black Knights are 9-1 all-time against Quinnipiac. The Bobcats lone win came in 2004, and Army won the last meeting, 7-0. Quinnipiac is 3-1 this spring with victories over St. Francis (N.Y.), Albany and UConn.
Marist and Army have met 16 times since 1984, and the Black Knights have won every match against their Hudson Valley rival. Last season, the 6-1 decision favored West Point. Marielle Campbell anchors the team and is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week. The Red Foxes sport a 1-2 record this season and are coming off a 5-2 loss versus Colgate last weekend.
Siena and Army will meet for the first time since 2004 as the Black Knights look to improve upon its 4-0 all-time record against the Saints. Siena has just one match under its belt this spring, a 6-1 loss to Bryant on Feb. 16.
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.