SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team opened the 2014 season with a 6-3 win against Bridgewater (Va.) College on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the SU Tennis Courts.
Salisbury jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, sweeping the doubles matches, before splitting singles play to claim the first win of the year.
Junior Allison Lutz and freshman Claudia Lohn grabbed the first point for the Gulls, rolling through their No. 2 doubles match, picking up an 8-2 win before junior Roxanne Alban and sophomore Natalie Savage put on a late run to claim the No. 1 doubles match. Alban and Savage led 4-3 in their match before Savage held serve and the pair picked up a break to stretch the lead to 6-3, claiming the 8-4 victory.
The hardest-fought doubles match of the day came at No. 3 where sophomore's Sam Babo and Megan Knapp came from behind to pick up a 9-7 win against Jessie Mitchell and Whitney Cash. Babo and Knapp would pick up a break to take a 7-6 lead and would need one more to pick up a 9-7 win.
Knapp carried the momentum into singles play where she pushed Salisbury's lead to 4-0 with a quick 6-1, 6-2 win against Cash at No. 6, getting the Gulls (1-0) a point away from closing out the win.
The Eagles (0-2) would cut the deficit to 4-1 when Marla O'Bryan defeated Lohn 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, but Salisbury would clinch the win with Savage's 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1.
The Sea Gulls got their sixth point from Lutz, who battled to a 7-5 win in the first set against Brittany Wilson, before taking the second set, 6-1.
The only three-set match of the day was at No. 2, where Alban battled Maria Hawkins to the final point. Hawkins took the first set, 6-3, before Alban evened things up with a 6-2 second-set win. In the third, Hawkins took a 3-0 lead before Alban roared back to take a 5-4 lead, but Hawkins finished strong, taking the third set, 7-5.
Salisbury will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 23, hosting Division I Towson University at the SU Tennis Courts. That match will begin at 1 p.m.