Women's tennis earns second consecutive victory, 9-0, over Virginia Wesleyan

Women's tennis earns second consecutive victory, 9-0, over Virginia Wesleyan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Salisbury University women's tennis team picked up its second consecutive victory, with a 9-0 win at Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday.

Salisbury, ranked No. 16 in the Atlantic South Region, started the action by sweeping the Marlins in doubles play. Senior Jillian Poppe and freshman Natalie Savage, ranked No. 4 in the region, began the day with a close victory at No. 1 doubles over Lauren Brooker and Sara Yousif, 8-5.

The No. 2 pair of senior Elaina Iosue and sophomore Roxanne Alban rolled to their second consecutive victory, 8-1, while sophomore Katie Youlios and junior Jessica Babyak, at No. 3, dispatched Stephanie Bittner and Hannah Parent by a score of 8-1.

The Sea Gulls (2-2) continued their strong play, dominating singles action, winning all six matches.

At No. 1, Poppe defeated Brooker in a shortened affair, taking the first four games before Brooker retired, and at No. 2, Savage rolled to the first set, 6-3 and was up a break in the second set before Yousif became the second Marlin to retire from singles action.

Iosue won in a hard-fought, straight-set match over Victoria Ryherd 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 singles, while at No. 4, Iosue's doubles partner, Alban, lost only four total games on her way to a 6-1, 6-3 win.

Youlios added to the Sea Gulls' big day with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Bittner at No. 5 singles, while senior Victoria Handlin did not drop a single game rolling 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.

The Marlins (1-4) could not muster any response to the Sea Gulls' lineup, losing their fourth straight match after opening up the season with a victory over Guilford.

The maroon and gold will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 10, as they will battle Roanoke College in a neutral site match at Virginia Wesleyan College; the match is slated to begin at 10 a.m.

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