Sea Gulls roll to 8-1 win against Catholic in first dual match of 2012

Sea Gulls roll to 8-1 win against Catholic in first dual match of 2012

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team earned a convincing victory in its first dual match of the season, topping Catholic University of America, 8-1, in a match that began at the SU Tennis Courts before being moved into the Indoor Tennis Center due to severe weather.

Junior Jillian Poppe and freshman Roxanne Alban earned the only win of a match that was completed outside, picking up an 8-0 victory in No. 1 doubles just as the rain rolled in.

Once inside, junior Elaina Iosue and freshman Allison Lutz finished off their No. 2 doubles match, 8-2, while junior Victoria Handlin and freshman Katie Youlios came from 5-4 down at No. 3 doubles to collect an 8-6 win, allowing the Gulls (1-0) to sweep the doubles matches.

Salisbury saw quick singles wins from Handlin at No. 3 and Iosue at No. 4 to seal the win. Handlin won the first three games against Catholic's (3-3) Andie Ingram before Ingram won a pair of games to cut the edge to 3-2. It was all Handlin from that point as the Annapolis, Md., native won the next nine games for the 6-2, 6-0 win.

Iosue allowed her opponent just one game, coming in the second set, and Poppe earned a 6-0, 6-2 win to put Salisbury up 6-0.

Alban closed out her No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-1 while Youlios earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6. Salisbury's lone setback was a 6-3, 7-5 loss by Lutz at No. 5 singles.

The win was the first of three matches this weekend as Salisbury will travel north to face Haverford College on Saturday at 3 p.m., and will take on Carnegie Mellon University in a neutral site match at Swarthmore, Pa., Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

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