ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Winners in each of its last two matches, the Navy women’s tennis team (9-1) will return to action 1 p.m. Sunday as it welcomes Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3) to the Tose Family Tennis Center.
Navy was originally scheduled to play Dartmouth as well on Sunday, but saw the match be canceled due to inclement weather not allowing the Big Green to travel to Annapolis.
As per Department of Defense regulations, those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 must wear a face mask at all times when on the grounds of the Brigade Sports Complex. Those who have been vaccinated have the option to wear a mask while outdoors, but must wear a mask while indoors.
Over three all-time meetings against Fairleigh Dickinson, Navy has a perfect 3-0 mark. The Midshipmen have won each of the matches against the Knights by a 6-1 decision, inlcuding the last meeting of the series that took place in February 2020.
LAST TIME OUT
Last time out, Navy earned a sweep of its doubleheader against Brown and George Mason to improve to 9-1 on the spring dual season. The Midshipmen opened the day with a 7-0 victory over the Patriots followed by defeating the Bears, 6-1, in addition to combining for 10 straight-set singles wins over the two competitions.
Overall Record: 9-1
Home Record: 9-0
Away Record: 0-1
Neutral Record: 0-0
Patriot League Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Keith Puryear I 14th Season at Navy, 33rd Overall (685-386)
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
LEADING THE CHARGE: Navy has tallied a 49-11 record this season in singles play, lead by newcomer Emily Tannenbaum (Fr., Commack, N.Y.) who has a team-high 16 singles wins. Following closely behind Tannenbaum is the duo of Sylvia Eklund (Fr., Bellevue, Wash.) and Jillian Taggart (Jr., Fair Oaks, Calif.) with 14 victories apiece in singles competition. Rounding out the top-singles performers for the Mids this season is Meghana Komarraju (Sr., Vienna, Va.) and Kacey Moore (Sr., Wellington, Fla.) with 13 wins in singles action this season.
TOP-TANDEMS: Leading the way for Navy in doubles competition this season is the pairing of Komarraju and Katreina Corpuz (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawai’i) with a 12-5 mark that including winning each of their last nine matches. Moore and Samantha Johns (So., Simpsonville, S.C.) rank second on the team with eight wins. Moore ranks first on the team in doubles wins as an individual with 15 followed by Corpuz with 14 victories on the doubles circuit.
WINNING WAYS: The 2021-22 season has been a year filled with success for the Midshipmen, including the aforementioned 49-11 mark in singles along with having a 63-25 record in doubles as a team. Additionally, the 9-1 start to the spring dual season marks the third time in program history that Navy has tallied at least nine wins in its first 10 matches (2012, 2020 and 2022).
KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE: Entering play against the Knights, the trio of Komarraju, Corinne Farid (So., Columbia, Mo.) and Kate Lee (Fr., Concord, Calif.) have respective win streaks of five matches or more in singles competition. Lee has won five-consecutive matches while Komarraju has won six-straight contests followed by Farid with seven wins in a row.
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON PRIMER
Overall Record: 1-3
Home Record: 0-0
Away Record: 0-2
Neutral Record: 1-1
NEC Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Jeff Brandes I Sixth Season
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
LAST TIME OUT: Last time out, Fairleigh Dickinson dropped a 4-0 decision to St. Johns at the UTSA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The Knights were swept on the doubles circuit, dropping both matches by a combined score of 12-1, prior to losing each of their three singles matches in straight sets to fall to 1-3 on the season.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Shreya Gulia has played at the No. 1 singles position in each of the first four dual matches for Fairleigh Dickinson, having a record of 0-4. Aleksandra Vorozheikina has backed up Gulia at the No. 2 position, earning a 2-1 record in singles over her three appearances.
TOP-TANDEMS: In doubles play, the Knights are led by the No. 1 pairing of Vorozheikina and Marta Bettinelli. The duo teamed up to earn a victory against Hofstra earlier this season, along with playing out of the No. 1 spot in three of Fairleigh Dickinson’s four matches.
Following its match against the Knights, Navy will return to action March 5 as it welcomes Drexel to the Tose Family Center for a 9 a.m. contest, prior to hitting the road that same day for a match against Towson at 6 p.m.
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