BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Navy women’s tennis team opened its spring doubles season with a 5-2 loss to Samford Saturday afternoon at the Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavillion in Birmingham, Alabama.
In the first meeting between the programs, the host Bulldogs were able to take a 1-0 lead after the colon. Samford’s Cameron Rogin and Olivia Jablonski started the day with a 6-4 win over the Navy’s No. 3 sophomore Sylvia Eklund and Kate Lee. Navy freshman Sia Chaudry and second graders Parvati Shanker evened things out with a 6-4 win in second place over the duo of Alexis Lopez and Ally Hayduk, but Samford clinched the colon when Samantha Nanere and Lindsay Song fended off a late push from Navy’s top senior captain duo Casey Accola and second graders Emily Tannenbaum to the 7:5 victory.
Nanere made it 2-0 to the Bulldogs with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 2 singles matchup against Junior Stella Ribado, while Hayduk defeated Accola (6-2, 6-2) in the No. 3 court just minutes later. Tannenbaum picked up a win for the Mids in the top singles game, 7-6(3), 6-3, beating Lopez to keep the Navy comeback alive, but Song finished in a 6-2, 6-1 win against Eklund in fourth place to earn the team win for Samford.
In the duel, 5th-ranked Chaudry defeated Rogin 7-5, 7-6(1), while 6th-ranked Shanker lost to Samantha Maras 7-5, 6-3, ending Samford’s 5-2 win.
Two additional games were also played as a freshman Hanna Elks-Smith beat Jablonski 5-2, 4-5(7), 10-8, and Lauren Waddles of the Bulldogs defeated Junior Corinna Farid5-4(5), 5-0.
With Saturday’s result, the Midshipmen are now 10-4 all-time in the spring openings.
The Navy wraps up its season-opening road trip with a 10:00 a.m. game against the Alabama Crimson Tide Sunday in Tuscaloosa.
Samford 5, Navy 2
1 – Samantha Nanere/Lindsay Song (SAM) def. Casey Accola/Emily Tannenbaum (Navy), 7-5
2 – Sia Chaudry/Parvati Shanker (NAVY) def. Alexis Lopez/Ally Hayduk (SAM), 6-4
3 – Cameron Rogin/Olivia Jablonski (SAM) def. Sylvia Eklund/Kate Lee (Navy), 6-4
Order of finish: 3-2-1
1 – Emily Tannenbaum (NAVY) def. Alexis Lopez (SAM), 7-6(3), 6-3
2 – Samantha Nanere (SAM) defeated. Stella Ribado (Navy), 6-2, 6-3
3 – Ally Hayduk (SAM) defeated. Casey Accola (Navy), 6-2, 6-2
4 – Lindsay Song (SAM) def. Sylvia Eklund (Navy), 6-2, 6-1
5 – Sia Chaudry (NAVY) def. Cameron Rogin (SAM), 7-5, 7-6 (1)
6 – Samantha Maras (SAM) defeated. Parvati Shanker (Navy), 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 2-3-1-4-5-6
Hanna Elks-Smith (NAVY) def. Olivia Jablonski (SAM), 5-2, 4-5 (7), 10-8
Lauren Waddles (SAM) defeated. Corinna Farid (Navy), 5-4 (5), 5-0