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Pirates' Win Streak Halted at Navy

Hannah Liljekvist and Madison Shoemaker rallied at #2 to help clinch the doubles point

Feb. 21, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, MD. - The Seton Hall tennis team opened the day by taking the doubles point but saw its three-match winning streak come to an end as hosts Navy prevailed in five out of six singles matches to secure a 5-2 victory.

The Pirates (3-2) have now captured the doubles point in four of their five spring matches, but came up short against a Navy squad that is now 11-1 at home in the spring, including wins over BIG EAST programs Villanova and Georgetown.

The Mids took the first match of the contest, coming out on top in third doubles before taking a 4-1 lead at the second position. Faced with the deficit, Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden) and Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia) rallied to win seven of the next eight games to down the duo of Katie Porter and Erin Snook, 8-5.

At first doubles, seniors Rocio Portela (Demetrio Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) and Chloe Sher (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong) controlled their matchup with Mikaela Carlson and Noelle Kaufmann, adding another 8-5 victory to clinch the doubles point and give The Hall a 1-0 lead.

For Liljekvist and Shoemaker, it was their first victory in dual match play after a successful tournament season. Portela and Sher improved to 3-1 in completed matches at #1, and moved to 11-6 overall in the process.

In singles, Navy built a 2-1 lead with straight-set wins at #5 and #6. Sher pulled the Pirates level by easing past Erin Snook, 6-3, 6-1 in the top spot, handing the two-time All-Patriot League performer her first loss in four matches.

The Mids responded with consecutive victories in the third and fourth position however, clinching the team victory.

Liljekvist and Darien Sears continued to battle at #2, going all the way to a decisive set. Liljekvist recorded 6-3 first set victory but Sears came back to capture the second, 6-1. In the third, Sears came out on top by the slimmest of margins, edging Liljekvist, 7-5.

The Hall will be right back in action tomorrow morning as the Pirates are set to get their first crack at a BIG EAST opponent in a matchup with #45 DePaul. Start-time is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Seton Hall 2, Navy 5
#1. Portela/Sher (SHU) def. Carlson/Kaufmann (Navy), 8-5
#2. Liljekvist/Shoemaker (SHU) def. Porter/Snook (Navy), 8-5
#3.  Droop/Sears (Navy) def. Keenan/Landert (SHU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

#1. Chloe Sher (SHU) def. Erin Snook (Navy), 6-3, 6-1
#2. Darien Sears (Navy) def. Hannah Liljekvist (SHU), 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
#3. Sam Droop (Navy) def. Rocio Portela (SHU), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
#4. Logan Antill (Navy) def. Julia Keenan (SHU), 6-2, 7-5
#5. Gabby Winter (Navy) def. Madison Shoemaker (SHU), 6-2, 6-1
#6. Noelle Kaufmann (Navy) def. Julie Martiny (SHU), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1, 4, 3, 2