Army Opens Patriot League Play This Weekend

Elle Taylor

Elle Taylor

March 21, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After being idle over the last two weekends, the Army women's tennis team hits the ground running with four home matches this weekend at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights welcome Rhode Island on Friday at 4 p.m. before hosting Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh to open Patriot League play in a hurry.

Army will take on Holy Cross and Lafayette simultaneously at 4 p.m. Saturday, while the Lehigh match is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. All tennis matches are free admission. The Black Knights have won their last four matches in a row and improved to 9-3 this spring. Army has won 13 Patriot League titles, including nine straight, and officially begins its quest for a tournament berth this weekend. Dating back to 2002, head coach Paul Peck's club boasts a 54-match regular-season win streak against conference opponents.

Freshman Gabriella Spindler and junior Jamila Paul have won their last three singles matches and stand as the Black Knights wins leaders with 17 and 15, respectively. Paul and senior co-captain Erin Colton hold a team-best 12-7 doubles record this season. Freshmen Eva Sung and Haley O'Connor have won their last four doubles matches.

Army and Rhode Island have met just once in dual match play and it resulted in a 6-1 Black Knights win in 2010. The Rams are 0-5 this spring and have not played since a 6-1 loss on March 12 at Air Force.

Holy Cross has played just twice this spring and suffered a pair of losses against Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill. The Black Knights have an 18-2 lead in the all-time series with the Crusaders and have never lost during Peck's reign.

Lafayette owns a 1-3 record this spring with its lone win coming at home against Wagner. The Black Knights have won 17 of 27 meetings with the Leopards and have not lost against the Leopards since 1996.

While Lafayette and Holy Cross were picked to finish sixth and seventh in the Patriot League preseason poll, the conference's head coaches and sports information directors selected Lehigh in fifth place.

Much like the Black Knights, Lehigh has a plethora of match play under its belt this spring. The Mountain Hawks are 2-10 with wins over St. Francis (Pa.) and Mount St. Mary's. Lehigh has beaten Army just twice in 26 meetings.

Results throughout this weekend's matches will be available by logging on to www.goARMYsports.com as they become available. Fans are encouraged to follow @Army_WTennis for the latest women's tennis information.

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