Army edges women's tennis, 4-3

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Feb. 10, 2012

West Point, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to the Army Black Knights on Friday at West Point's Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

Army opened the match by sweeping the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. But the Seawolves bounced back in singles as junior Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) and freshman Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.

The Black Knights then won at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots to take a 3-2 lead but senior Katherine Hanson (Smithtown, N.Y.) rallied for a three-set victory to tie up the match.

But Della Taylor rallied for a three-set victory over junior Chloe Pike (Bristol, England) to secure the victory for Army.

Doubles 1. D. Taylor/E. Taylor (A) def. Lagvilava/Movchan (SBU), 8-6
2. Paul/Colton (A) def. Hanson/Mkervalidze (SBU), 8-4
3. Iliev/Riney (A) def. Pike/Appineni (SBU), 8-6

1. Nini Lagvilava (SBU) def. Erin Colton (A), 6-1, 6-1 2. Polina Movchan (SBU) def. Jamila Paul (A), 6-1, 6-3 3. Katherine Hanson (SBU) def. Margaret Iliev (A), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 4. Della Taylor (A) def. Chloe Pike (SBU), 2-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1* 5. Natalie Allen (A) def. Prerena Appineni (SBU), 6-3, 7-5 6. Elle Taylor (A) def. Salome Mkervalidze, 6-2, 6-1 *clinched