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Women’s tennis returns to action on Saturday against Drexel and Towson

Women's tennis returns to action on Saturday against Drexel and Towson

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s tennis team (10-1) is set to return to action on Saturday as it hosts Drexel (2-5) at the Tose Family Tennis Center before traveling to face Towson (1-4) in their second road game of the season at the Coppermine Racquet and Fitness Club in Pikesville, Md.

The contenders are scheduled to face the Dragons at 11 a.m., followed by a game against the Tigers at 6 p.m. Free, live results from both games will be provided via NavySports.com.

COVID-19 POLICY

In an update earlier this week from the Ministry of Defence, wearing a mask is now optional for personnel and visitors to the Naval Academy and the Brigade Sports Complex.

ALL TIME SERIES

In four all-time meetings against Drexel, Navy has played with a perfect 4-0 record that includes winning the series last meeting, 6-1, which came in the 2020 season. 10 games against Towson, the Midshipmen have an unbeaten 10-0 mark in which they have dropped just two points to the Tigers twice.

LAST TIME OUT

Last time out, the Navy beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 7-0, to improve to 10-1 in the 2022 dual season. The win over the Knights marked the third time in program history that the contenders have totaled in the minus 10 wins in their first 11 games (2012, 2020 and 2022).

Emilie Tannenbaum (Fr., Commack, NY) was the Mids’ best performer against FDU, earning a 6-0 win in first position in doubles with Meghana Komarraju (Sr., Vienna, Va.) before registering a victory in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) in the third singles competition.

MARINE BAIT
General assessment: 10-1
Home recording: 10-0
Away records: 0-1
Neutral registration: 0-0
Patriot League record: 0-0
Trail: W3
The Head Coach: Keith Puryear I 14th season at Navy, 33rd overall (686-386)

SEARCH FRIENDS
LEADING THE CHARGE: Tannenbaum is leading the way for the Mids this season in singles competition, posting a team record 17 wins, including a 7-1 mark in the dual season. Jillian Taggart (Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif.) ranks second on the team with 15 singles wins this season, including four at No. The duo Komarraju and Sylvia Eklund (Fr., Bellevue, Wash.) with 14 wins each.

TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles, the pair Komarraju and Katreina Corpuz (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) have 12 doubles wins this season, including a perfect 5-0 record in doubles action. Taggart and Kacey Moore (Sr., Wellington, Fla.) saw the most time at the No. 1 doubles position for the Mids in doubles play, going 4-2 with a 7-3 overall rating.

WINNING WAYS: In the dual season, Navy has an exceptional 57-12 record in singles while having an equally impressive mark of 29-4 in doubles. With their sweep of the singles competition last time out against Fairleigh Dickinson, the contenders have won the singles circuit five times this season.

KEEP THE SERIES ALIVE: Coming into play on Saturday, Komarraju and Corinne Farid (So., Columbia, Mo.) have respectively won each of their last seven singles matches. Komarraju is 9-1 in his last 10 matches played on the singles circuit while Farid has won seven in his last 10 matches. Arriving just behind Faird and Komarraju is Kate Lee (Fr., Concord, Calif.) who has won five consecutive singles matches in addition to going a perfect 4-0 in singles this dual season.

DREXEL PRIMER
General assessment: 2-5
Home recording: 1-2
Away records: 0-3
Neutral registration: 1-0
CAA Registration: 0-0
Trail: L1
The Head Coach: Anne Marie Devlin I Third Season

IN SEARCH OF DRAGONS
LAST DEATH: Last time out, Drexel lost a 5-2 decision to Fordham, dropping two of three doubles matches before going 2-4 in the singles portion of the match. The pair of Isabel Caberizo and Aida Garcia Mendez won the No. 3 doubles match for the Dragons while Caberizo and Lorie Lemongo each recorded singles victories.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Lemongo leads the charge for the Dragons in singles with 11 wins on the season, including a 3-3 mark at the No. 1 position this dual season. Cabrerizo ranks second for Drexel with 10 singles wins while Garcia Mendez is third with a 7-6 mark.

TOP-TANDEMS: Lemongo and Mya Fuentes enter Saturday’s competition as the top doubles team for Drexel this season. The couple has totaled five victories, including two in first place in this double season. Garcia Mendez and Tara Veluvolu rank second in doubles wins for the Dragons in 2021-22, going 4-3.

TOWSON PRIMER
General assessment: 1-4
Home recording: 1-1
Away records: 0-2
Neutral registration: 0-1
CAA Registration: 0-0
Trail: L1
The Head Coach: Jamie Peterson I Sixth Season

IN SEARCH OF TIGERS
LAST DEATH: Towson is coming off a 4-3 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson last time out. In the hotly contested game against the Knights, the Tigers lost the double point after losing a pair of 6-3 decisions in Game 2 and Game 3.

In singles, Sissi Axelson and Themis Haliou won in straight sets on courts two and five before Amelia Lawson took victory in match #1. However, FDU picked up victories in matches #3, n No. 4 and No. 6 to take the one-point victory over Towson.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Lawson has played No. 1 singles in four of Towson’s five games this season, going 3-1 with one game unfinished. Haliou has been a constant presence at the No. 2 position for the Tigers, going 2-3.

TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles this season, the pair of Axelsson and Haliou have played first in each of the Towson’s five games, going 3-2. Lawson and Lea Kosanovic’s No. 2 doubles team have won one of their five matches this season.

FOLLOWING

After their matchups against Drexel and Towson, Navy will return to action on March 11 for a home game against Temple starting at 5 p.m. After their game against the Owls, the contenders are scheduled to travel to Orlando, Florida for a quartet of games. against Harvard (March 15), Millsaps (March 15), Bradley (March 16) and Merrimack (March 16).