FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams each dropped their matches against nationally-ranked Capital Athletic Conference opponents from the University of Mary Washington. The women picked up two points in a 7-2 defeat while the men suffered an 8-1 loss.
After doubles play on Saturday, the Salisbury women (5-7, 2-1 CAC) held a 2-1 lead, picking up wins at the top two doubles spots. Junior Jillian Poppe and freshman Roxanne Alban collected a 9-7 win at No. 1 singles while junior Elaina Iosue and freshman Katie Youlios took a convincing 8-4 win.
No. 21 Mary Washington (9-4, 6-0 CAC) earned an 8-5 win at No. 3 before beginning singles play. The Eagles were able to earn all six wins in the singles matches, with two matches needing a third-set super tie-breaker to be decided.
Iosue, at No. 2 singles, won the first set against Michelle Meadows, 6-4, before Meadows came back to win the second 7-6 (7-1) and the super tie-breaker, 10-5. Youlios, playing at No. 4 singles, also split the first two sets, dropping the first, 6-4, to Cassie Bowman, before collecting the second set, 6-3. Bowman was able to squeak out the super tie-breaker, 10-8, to claim the point.
No. 25 Mary Washington (9-11, 5-0 CAC) picked up the two remaining doubles matches and swept the singles contests. Barnas, playing at the top singles spot, claimed three games in the opening set against Alex Blakhin before falling 6-3, 6-1.
The men will return to the Fredericksburg courts tomorrow, April 1, when they take on Hampden-Sydney College in a neutral-site contest beginning at 1 p.m. Both teams will dive back into CAC competition next Saturday, April 7, playing both Stevenson University and Frostburg State University.