April 17, 2014

Sea Gulls take matches against Elizabethtown; Men 9-0, Women 5-4

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University tennis teams each improved their winning streaks to three with wins over Elizabethtown College on Thursday afternoon. The men's team swept its match while the women's team won 5-4.

Men: Salisbury 9, Elizabethtown 0

Salisbury, the 19th-ranked team in the Atlantic South region, swept Elizabethtown (4-9) to improve to 12-4 on the season.

The Sea Gulls had little trouble in doubles play, as the three teams dropped four total games.

Junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler took the No. 1 match 8-1 over Cole Turula and Ryan Caris. Senior Shane Gunther and sophomore Shanon Gunther got back in the win column with an 8-3 win from the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Matthew McGaffney and freshmanGrant Hudson did not drop a game in the No. 3 matchup.

Salisbury had a strong effort in singles play as well.

Albers did not drop a game in the No. 1 matchup, while Shanon Gunther took the No. 5 match 6-1, 6-0.

Senior Paul Berryman swept the first set of the No. 6 contest and took the second set 6-2 for the win.

Spangler was victorious 6-2, 6-1 from the No. 2 slot, while Shane Gunther took the No. 3 matchup 6-2, 6-2. McGaffney faced the toughest test, in the No. 4 spot, but came out on top, 6-3, 6-2.

Women: Salisbury 5, Elizabethtown 4

The Sea Gulls would gain an advantage in doubles play and hold on in singles play to extend their winning streak and go into the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on a high note.

Sophomore Natalie Savage and junior Roxanne Alban would take the No. 1 doubles matchup 8-3 over Christine Evangelista and Kaitlyn Pellegrino.

Salisbury (11-7) would get its second point in doubles play from the No. 3 slot, with junior Katie Youlios and sophomore Megan Knapp winning 8-4 in what would end up as a key match.

Elizabethtown's (9-6) Lauren Berry and Taylor Helsel would take the No. 2 doubles contest 8-3 over junior Sam Babo and freshman Claudia Lohn.

Savage would claim the No. 1 match 6-2, 6-1, rebounding from a loss yesterday. Her doubles partner, Alban, would get a win in the No. 2 slot 6-1, 6-1.

Youlios would claim a hard-fought victory in the No. 3 position, coming from a set down to pull out the win. The Wayne, N.J., native dropped the first set 7-5 before evening the match with a 6-3 second set win. Youlios would cruise in the third set to win the match, 6-1.

Lohn battled tough in the No. 4 slot but would fall just short of a victory. The Madison, Conn., native dropped the first set to Berry 6-4. Lohn would come back strong in the second set, taking it without dropping a game. The freshman would drop the super-tiebreaker 10-6, with the Blue Jays picking up a point.

The Sea Gulls will take on Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, April 23, in the CAC semifinal. Both teams are looking to avenge losses earlier in the season and advance to the championship match. The time of Wednesday's matches are still to be determined.

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