ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s tennis team (20-4, 3-0 Patriot League) will return to Patriot League play 3 pm Wednesday as it travels to Baltimore for a contest against Loyola (10-4-1, 3-2 Patriot League). Free, live results of Wednesday’s match will be provided via NavySports.com.
In a series that dates back to the 2010 season, the Midshipmen have won each of their 12 all-time matches against Loyola. The two programs met in Annapolis last season for a contest that saw Navy earn a 7-0 decision over the Greyhounds.
LAST TIME OUT
Over the weekend, Navy split a pair of non-conference matches against Howard and No. 33 Old Dominion. The Midshipmen opened the weekend with a 6-1 victory over the Bison on Saturday, highlighted by sweeping the doubles competition and taking four of the six singles matches in straight sets.
On Sunday against the nationally-ranked Monarchs, the Mids saw their four-match win streak come to an end. Navy lost the doubles point for just the third time this dual season, prior to being swept in singles to cement the 7-0 decision in favor of ODU.
Overall Record: 20-4
Home Record: 16-1
Away Record: 1-2
Neutral Record: 3-1
Patriot League Record / Standings: 3-0 / First
Head Coach: Keith Puryear I 14th Season at Navy, 33rd Overall (696-389)
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
LEADING THE CHARGE: Leading the way for the Mids this season in singles is newcomer Emily Tannenbaum (Fr., Commack, NY) with a 22-11 record. The freshman has also tallied an impressive 12-5 mark this spring on the singles circuit, with 10 of her victories coming between the no. 1 and No. 2 position.
Following Tannenbaum amongst the team leaders in singles victories this season is the pairing of Meghana Komarraju (Sr., Vienna, Va.) And Kacey Moore (Sr., Wellington, Fla.) With 21 wins apiece. Komarraju has posted an 8-2 mark over her last 10 singles contests, while Moore has a 7-3 mark over her last 10 matches and a perfect 3-0 record during Patriot League play.
TOP-TANDEMS: The duo of Komarraju and Katreina Corpuz (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawai’i) have a team-best 17 victories in doubles play this season, including an impressive 10-3 mark in dual matches. The pairing has won seven of their last 10 contests and has a 5-1 record at the No. 1 position. Moore and Jillian Taggart (Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif.) Have teamed up for 11 wins, eight of which have come this spring in No. 1 doubles matches.
RECORD BOOK CHECK: With her singles victory against Howard over the weekend, Moore moved into fourth place on Navy’s all-time singles wins list with 69 victories. The senior also ranks in the top-10 for career win percentage in singles (.704). Tannenbaum sits just two wins shy of tying the fifth-most singles victories for a season in program history (24), while Komarraju and Moore are three wins away from joining that list.
CHASING 700: With the Mids’ 6-1 victory over Howard on Saturday, Navy head coach Keith Puryear stands just four wins shy of 700 for his career. Now in his 14th season at the helm of the Midshipmen women’s tennis program, Puryear has led the team to 253 wins. Prior to Navy, Puryear served as the head coach of the UMBC men’s tennis team for 19 seasons, along with leading the Retriever women’s tennis program for 17 years, where he combined to record 443 victories.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: The Midshipmen played their last home match of the season on Saturday against Howard, earning a 6-1 win. Navy finished its home slate for the 2022 dual season with a 16-1 record, equaling a .941-win percentage. The mark is tied for the best home winning percentage for a single season in program history.
BOUNCE BACK: Navy has found success in matches immediately following a loss this season, posting a perfect 3-0 record that includes outscoring opponents by a wide margin of 19-2. Following its loss against Old Dominion on March 24, its last defeat prior to Sunday, Navy reeled off four-straight wins and lost just three points over that stretch.
POSTSEASON ON THE HORIZON: The Mids are scheduled to play their final two regular-season Patriot League matches this week, beginning with Loyola on Wednesday. Navy will then conclude its regular season with a match against Boston University on Saturday, prior to learning its seeding for the Patriot League Tournament. The Midshipmen are currently tied atop the league standings with the Terriers, as each program has a 3-0 record in Patriot League play.
Overall Record: 10-4-1
Home Record: 6-2-1
Away Record: 2-1
Neutral Record: 2-1
Patriot League Record / Standings: 3-2 / Sixth
Head Coach: Rick McClure I 42nd Season
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
LAST TIME OUT: Last time out, Loyola earned a narrow, 4-3, victory over Bucknell to secure its third win in its last four matches. The highlight of the contest came at the No. 5 singles as Abby Decker fended off two match-point opportunities by her Bucknell counterpart to win a three-set battle, securing the one-point decision for the Greyhounds.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Decker leads the way for Loyola this season in singles, having a perfect 11-0 record that includes eight victories at the No. 5 position. Olivia Tracey has seen the most action at the No. 1 singles for the Greyhounds, posting a 6-8 record.
TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles, the duo of Decker and Genevieve Wurtz have combined to win each of their last four matches, improving their record on the season to 8-2. The pairing has played exclusively at the No. 3 position this season, while Tracey and Anna Rico have played a team-high 14 matches at the No. 1 position to the tune of a 5-9 record.
Following its match against Loyola on Wednesday, Navy will return to action Saturday as it travels to take on Boston U. in a pivotal regular-season finale. Action is slated to begin at 11 am, pending weather moving the contest indoors.