March 29, 2015
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Navy women’s tennis team (15-6, 1-0 PL) opened Patriot League play with a 5-2 win over Lehigh (6-6, 0-1 PL) on Sunday inside the Lewis Tennis Center. Navy has won seven straight dual matches.
Lehigh won very close doubles matches at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to take an early lead by securing the doubles points. Navy senior Noelle Kaufmann and junior Katie Porter teamed up for an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over Cassidy Cruz and Abby Farrell.
The Mids were then able to win five of six singles match to pick up the 5-2 team win.
Porter picked up a straight set win at No. 2 singles over Cruz, 6-2, 6-4 and freshman Kristine Rojo defeated Jamie Campisi at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-3.
Freshman Amanda Keller beat Briana Maravich at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-1. Keller improved her overall singles record to 25-8 and she has tied junior Logan Antill’s record for most singles wins in a season at 25.
Freshman Claudia Mackenzie won her eighth straight singles match by posting a 6-4, 6-0 win over Kirstin Godau at No. 5 singles. Sophomore Summer Ralston defeated Farrell at No. 6 singles in a three-set tiebreak, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-3).
“Lehigh is a much improved team and we tried to relay that to our players,” said head coach Keith Puryear. “They fought us very hard and I was very pleased to come out with a hard-fought win. We responded pretty well after dropping a tight doubles point. We did a good job of coming out in singles and winning the first set in four of the six singles matches to set the tone.”
Navy improves to 6-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks.
Navy will next play at Army in the annual Star Match on Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 AM.
Navy def. Lehigh, 5-2Doubles - Lehigh wins the doubles point, 2-11. Christina Auyeung / Jamie Campisi (L) def. Summer Ralson / Claudia Mackenzie (N), 8-62. Noelle Kaufmann / Katie Porter (N) def. Cassidy Cruz / Abby Farrell (L), 8-53. Kristin Godau / Abby Duddy (L) def. Mikaela Carlson / Audrey Channell (N), 8-7 (7-3)
Singles1. Christina Auyeung (L) def. Sam Droop (N), 6-0, 6-22. Katie Porter (N) def. Cassidy Cruz (L), 6-2, 6-43. Kristine Rojo (N) def. Jamie Campisi (L), 6-4, 6-34. Amanda Keller (N) def. Briana Maravich (L), 6-2, 6-15. Claudia Mackenzie (N) def. Kirstin Godau (L), 6-4, 6-06. Summer Ralston (N) def. Abby Farrell (L), 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-3)