Sea Gulls earn 18th consecutive victory, 7-2, over Washington College

Sea Gulls earn 18th consecutive victory, 7-2, over Washington College

SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury University women's tennis team earned its 18th consecutive victory Friday afternoon, defeating Washington (Md.) College, 7-2, at the SU Tennis Courts.

The Sea Gulls (18-2) started the afternoon strong, sweeping all three doubles matches. Senior Victoria Handlin and junior Jessica Babyak notched an 8-3 win over Kat Cohen and Amy Stevens to gain the first point for the Sea Gulls.

Freshman Natalie Savage and sophomore Roxanne Alban earned an 8-3 victory at No. 1, while senior Elaina Iosue and sophomore Katie Youlios battled April Weaver and Gyeyeon Kang for a 8-5 win.

In singles action, sophomore Allison Lutz dominated at No. 6, 6-1, 6-0 over Stevens for the first singles point, bringing the Sea Gull lead to 4-0. At No. 2, Iosue then followed minutes after, wrapping up a 6-1, 6-0 victory of her own over Campbell McNicol, and officially sealing the victory for the maroon and gold.

Youlios rebounded from a 6-3 first set defeat to Kang, winning the second, 6-2, and the third set super tie-breaker, 10-7 at No. 4.

Savage fought hard for a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory at No. 1 over Weaver. Savage ran out to an early lead, 4-1, in the first set before Weaver battled her way back for a 6-5 edge. Savage broke Weaver's serve the next game to force a tiebreaker, which she won 8-6.

In the second, Savage fell behind 4-3 before breaking Weaver once again and serving out for the 6-4 victory and the seventh and final point for Salisbury.

Marielle McIntyre claimed victory, 6-2, 6-2 over Handlin at No. 4 to earn the first point of the day for the Shorewomen (5-10).

Alban, at No. 3, traded 7-5 set wins with Cohen, with Alban bouncing back from the first-set defeat to force a third set super tie-breaker. In that tiebreak, Cohen was narrowly victorious, 10-8, over Alban, earning the second of two points for the Shorewomen in singles.

The Sea Gulls will return to action at the SU Tennis Courts for the final time of the regular season Sunday afternoon when they take on Haverford College. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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