WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's tennis team wrapped up its first weekend of play with the conclusion of a pair of tournaments at Quinnipiac and Stony Brook, Friday through Sunday. Sixteen players got match time over the two events, including five freshmen playing at the collegiate level for the first time.
Friday's doubles rounds continued into Saturday with consolation matches at Quinnipiac. Juniors Annie Hang and Audrey Hansen defeated Bethany Boyle and Taylor Holt of Fordham (8-3) in a Flight A consolation match to highlight Saturday's doubles action for the Black Knights.
In the first round of singles play, both Hang and senior Paige Ford won their respective Flight A matches. Hang rallied to defeat Pam Emery of Rhode Island by a 2-6, 7-5, 10-7 score. Ford, meanwhile, made quick work of Fairfield's Paulina Rys with a 6-1, 6-3 win. Hang and Ford went on to win again in the quarterfinal bracket, but it was Hang with a straight-set victory this time against Connecticut's Emily Herb. Ford wore down Kristen Leikem for a 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 win.
Quinnipiac's Rachel Cantor eliminated Ford in Sunday's semifinals (6-3, 6-0). Hang won her semifinal match against Fairfield's Dana Postupack (7-5, 6-1) only to draw Cantor in the final. Hang's run was cut short in a 6-1, 6-2 setback.
Junior Jessica Ahn defeated Fordham's Martina Featherson (6-1, 6-0) to advance to the Flight B quarterfinals where she topped Karina Cordero of Seton Hall by a 6-4, 6-1 score on Saturday afternoon. Ahn punched a ticket to the finals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over UConn's Alison Campitiello in the semifinals. Despite a valiant effort in the Flight B final, Ahn succumbed to a 6-2, 1-6, 12-10 heartbreaker against Quinnpiac's Adrienne Markison.
Classmate Audrey Hansen started play in the consolation B bracket and went on to post three wins on her way to the Flight B consolation victory. She took down Christen Cadigan of Rhode Island (8-6) in the finals.
Junior Maria Casaletto and freshman Holly Pappafotis won their respective opening-round matches playing in the third flight. Both were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Freshmen Kari Pope and Morgen Kiser won their respective Flight D openers. While Pope was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Kiser defeated Sarah Griffin of UConn in a marathon 6-3, 3-6, 13-11 showdown. Kiser gave everything she had but came up short in a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 decision to Katie Moritz of UConn in the semifinal round.
STONY BROOK CLASSIC
Army opened singles action at the Stony Brook Invitational with a 9-3 record on Saturday. The Black Knights played three matches each head-to-head against Northwestern State, Navy, Houston and Marist. Army swept Navy (3-0) and Marist (3-0), while going 2-1 against Houston and 1-2 opposite Northwestern State.
Two-time Patriot League Player of the Year Anne Houghton kicked off her singles season with a pair of wins. She accounted for the Black Knights' lone victory over Northwestern State, defeating Adna Curukovic by a 7-5, 6-3 score in the first session. She later dominated Houston's Bryony Hunter in straight sets (6-0, 6-3). Houghton played on a team with senior Kristin Beehler and freshman Erin Colton, who went 1-1 and 0-2 on Saturday, respectively.
Army's trio of freshman Larraine Saavedra and juniors Jurelle Mendoza and Patricia Vollmer picked up the sweeps of Navy and Marist as all three went 2-0 on Saturday. This weekend marks the first time Army and Navy have met in women's tennis in program history. Navy elevated its team from club status to the varsity level this season.
Sunday's action featured a unique twist that is becoming a growing trend in the tennis world. The Seawolves ran a One-on-One doubles tournament. One-on-One Doubles® Tennis is the first alternative, competitive format to singles and doubles since the inception of the game in the 1870s. One-0n-One Doubles Tennis is a half-court, serve-and-volley singles competition played on a doubles court. One-on-One Doubles Tennis can be played in both tournament and league format.
The half-court, serve-and-volley singles game played on the doubles court, known as One-on-One Doubles Tennis, is strictly a crosscourt competition with new game dimensions. There is a divisible line drawn through the middle of the court from the center service line to the middle of the baseline.
All players participated, while Houghton captured the Flight A One-on-One Doubles title and secured a spot as the current No. 1 collegiate women's player in the nation for the sport. For more information, visit www.oneononedoubles.com.