NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team avenged one of its two Capital Athletic Conference regular season losses and may have a shot to right the second wrong this weekend. The Sea Gulls picked up a 7-2 win over Christopher Newport University on Tuesday afternoon at the CNU Courts in the CAC semifinals.
Salisbury (12-7) jumped out to an early lead in the match, taking each of the doubles matches in tightly-contested matchups.
Sophomore Natalie Savage and junior Roxanne Alban outlasted the 15th-ranked team in the Atlantic South region, Katie Carlson and Jodi Noland, for a 9-7 victory in the No. 1 doubles match. The Sea Gulls' No. 3 team, junior Sam Babo and freshman Claudia Lohn, would also need extra games to claim victory. The duo would take their match 9-8, winning the tiebreaker 7-1.
Salisbury faired equally as well in singles play to earn the victory.
Savage would need extra games in the first set and then cruised to victory over Carlson in the No. 1 singles matchup. The Port Murray, N.J., native, ranked No. 12 in the Atlantic South, would take the first set 7-5 and pull away with the victory in the second set, 6-2.
Alban would also play some bonus tennis to come out on top in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The Annapolis, Md., native would take the first set, 7-6 (7-5), and finished off Noland with a 6-4 second-set win.
Youlios would pick up her second point of the match over Gaine, taking the No. 3 singles match but needed three sets to do so. Youlios took the first set 6-1 before dropping the second set 6-4. The Wayne, N.J., native took the third set 6-3 to claim the match for the maroon and gold.
The Sea Gulls would gain the fourth singles point from the No. 4 spot, as Lutz defeated Clark in straight sets. The Salisbury, Md., product took the first set, 7-6 (7-2), and finished the match with a 6-4 second-set win.
Christopher Newport (10-11) would pick up its points at the end of the singles lineup but it would not be enough to overcome the deficit.
Today's win is a reversal from the match the two teams had more than two weeks ago, when the Captains took the match 7-2 on April 6.
Salisbury will take on the winner of No. 1-seed University of Mary Washington and No. 4-seed St. Mary's College of Maryland, in the CAC Championship. That match is scheduled for this weekend and will be played at the highest-remaining seed. The Sea Gulls defeated St. Mary's, 8-1, on April 13, while dropping its match to Mary Washington, 7-2, on April 5.