March 31, 2016
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s tennis team (15-8, 1-1 PL) will host Army West Point in the 2016 Army-Navy Star Match on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Navy will also host two matches on Sunday, facing Lafayette at 10:00 AM and Norfolk State at 2:00 PM.
The Army West Point and Lafayette matches are scheduled for the USNA Varsity Tennis Courts on the Yard near Gate One and the Norfolk State match is scheduled for the Bancroft Hall Eighth Wing Tennis Courts, also on the Yard.
The backup courts for rain or low temperatures this weekend will be the indoor Tose Family Tennis Center at the Brigade Sports Complex on the north side of the Severn River.
Admission is free to all Navy women’s tennis matches.
Fans without DoD credentials cannot drive their vehicles on to the Naval Academy grounds. Fans are encouraged to park in downtown Annapolis and walk through the pedestrian gate at Gate One off of Randall Street. All fans visiting the Yard over the age of 18 should have photo ID. Visitors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico or Washington State, must produce their driver’s license AND a second ID card before being admitted. If there is poor weather this weekend, matches could be moved to the Brigade Sports Complex. The BSC is not on the Naval Academy grounds and is open to the public.
The Mids are coming off a 4-3 win over Lehigh last Saturday, capturing the doubles point and three singles victories. Sophomore Amanda Keller won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Claudia Mackenzie to win at No. 1 doubles. Keller was named the Patriot League Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for her efforts last week.
Army West Point is 16-3 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League this season. The Black Knights own conference wins over Holy Cross and Lafayette.
Senior Carolyn Pitman, freshman Rugile Valuniate and freshman Genevieve McCormick have played at the top of Army’s ladder. Pitman is 14-5 in singles play, Valuniate is 12-9 and McCormick is 11-8.
Army has won 82 percent of its doubles matches in dual play this year.
Navy defeated Army, 4-3, in the Star Match at West Point last season. It was Navy’s first win against the Black Knights in series history. Mackenzie clinched the team win with her three-set win at No. 6 singles.
Lafayette is 2-7 this season and 1-2 in Patriot League play. The Leopards defeated Holy Cross in a league match and have fallen to Army West Point and Lehigh.
Navy is 6-0 all-time against Lafayette.
Norfolk State is 5-9 on the season. The Spartans have won all three of their MEAC league matches this spring.
Navy defeated Norfolk State, 5-2, in the only previous meeting in the series in 2011.
Following the three matches this weekend, Navy will next host Loyola on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 PM.