SALISBURY, Md. - Since switching to a team-tournament format for the 2006 season, the Capital Athletic Conference has had just two teams in the championship match and that tradition will continue this weekend. The Salisbury University women's tennis team looks to put an end to University of Mary Washington's 10-year reign atop the conference on Saturday at the Eagles' University Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls avenged one of its two regular-season conference losses on Tuesday with a 7-2 victory over Christopher Newport University and look to right the other wrong this weekend. Salisbury (12-7) had suffered a loss to the Captains by the same score but turned the tables to advance to the conference championship match.
How they got here
Mary Washington swept St. Mary's College of Maryland 9-0 on Wednesday to advance. The Eagles did not lose a game in doubles play and lost five total games during the match. Mary Washington (15-7) has won eight of its last nine matches, with six of those contests being 9-0 victories.
Party of two
Since the inception of women's tennis play in the CAC in 1991, no other team has etched its name in the record book as conference champions. The Sea Gulls brought home the CAC crown in 2002 and 2003, with Mary Washington claiming the title 21 times.
Mary Washington comes into the match ranked No. 21 in the national rankings and as the fifth-best team in the Atlantic South region. Salisbury has had an impressive season as well and checks in at No. 14 in the Atlantic South.
Salisbury's Natalie Savage comes into the match the highest ranked singles player, at No. 12 in the Atlantic South. Her likely opponent in the No. 1 singles match, the Eagles' Lindsay Raulston, is one spot behind her in the regional rankings. Mary Washington's Shelby Harris is ranked No. 15, and the team of Raulston and Harris is the top doubles duo in the Atlantic South.
Earlier this year
Mary Washington traveled to the Eastern Shore three weeks ago and took the match 7-2. Savage bested Raulston in the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-4, and Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios took the No. 2 doubles match 8-4.