Oct. 19, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s tennis will compete in its final tournament of the fall season when the Black Knights travel to New Haven, Conn., on Friday for the ITA East Regional Championships. Four singles players and two doubles teams are slated to travel for Army.
Play will begin on Friday with the qualifying singles bracket as freshman Natalie Allen and sophomore Emily Stein are scheduled to play for the Black Knights.
Allen boasts a 5-3 record during her first season in the Black and Gold, most recently earning a 2-1 mark at the USTA Billie Jean King Collegiate Invite at the U.S. Tennis Center Oct. 8-10. Two of Allen’s three losses this season have come in three-set matches.
Stein enters the weekend with a team-high seven wins (7-4), with four of those victories coming at the No. 2 slot. The sophomore went 1-2 at the USTA Invite, including a 6-2, 6-3 win against Diamond Adams of St. John’s.
Sophomores Jamila Paula and Della Taylor earned invites to the singles main draw, which is slated to begin on Saturday. Paul is 3-3 on the season which includes a gutsy 7-6(7), 5-7, 10-7 victory over Yale’s Hanna Yu in the USTA’s B flight.
Taylor shows a 6-1 singles mark this fall with her lone setback coming in the quarterfinals at the USTA event against Brown’s Laura Wiley, 6-3, 7-6(5). The sophomore opened the season by winning the B Flight at the Stony Brook Invite Sept. 16-18.
Taylor will team with younger sister Elle, a freshman, in the doubles bracket. The Taylor sisters lead Army with an 8-2 record this fall, with all 10 matches played in the top flight. The duo advanced to the semifinals of the USTA A Flight before falling to eventual runner-up Kikuchi/Wasnik of Boston College, 8-1.
Paul will team with junior co-captain Erin Colton in the doubles bracket. The pair has played in just one match this fall, a 9-7 setback in the first round of the Stony Brook Invite (Sept. 16) against Fairleigh Dickinson. The sophomore duo teamed together eight times last fall, boasting a 6-2 record.
The Regional Championships, slated to run through Tuesday, mark the final event of the fall season for the Black Knights. Army will return to the courts in the spring in defense of its Patriot League title.