SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams collected their first Capital Athletic Conference victories of the year on Saturday, with each squad registering a 9-0 win against Hood College. The women also took a 9-0 loss against Division I Towson University.
The men (1-0, 1-0 CAC) allowed just one game to Hood (1-4, 0-1 CAC) during their sweep of the doubles matches, with senior Daniel Barnas and freshman Daniel Albers combining for an 8-0 win at No. 1, while junior Adam Goldberger and senior Arthur Jackson earned a matching win at No. 3. Senior Curtis Quandt and freshman Nick Mancuso picked up an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles.
Albers, Quandt, Mancuso and sophomore Shane Gunther each earned 6-0, 6-0 singles wins. Goldberger picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win while Barnas was the last Sea Gull on the court, as he battled to a 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) victory at No. 1 singles.
The women (2-3, 1-0 CAC) followed a similar storyline against the Blazers (2-4, 0-1 CAC) as junior Victoria Handlin and freshman Katie Youlios combined for an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles. Junior Elaina Iosue and freshman Allison Lutz combined for an 8-3 win at No. 2 while the team of junior Jillian Poppe and freshman Roxanne Alban won 8-5 at No. 1.
Alban and Youlios each earned 6-0, 6-0 singles wins while Lutz lost only one game and Iosue surrendered just two on their way to straight-set wins. Handlin collected a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles while Poppe won her top-seeded singles match 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, coming back from 4-3 down in the second to finish the match.
The Salisbury women opened the day with their match against Towson (6-2). Salisbury threatened at No. 1 and 3 doubles with each team falling 8-4 and Lutz, at No. 6 singles, earned three games in her loss to Ariel Burke.
The men's team will be back in action in nearly two weeks, traveling to Haverford College on March 16, while the women will not play again until the teams' spring break trip to California, opening up play against Trinity (Conn.) College on March 19.