FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University tennis teams were unable to overcome its nationally-ranked counterparts of the University of Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference championship matches. The men's team dropped its match 7-2, while the women lost 8-1. Both matches took place Saturday afternoon at the Eagles' University Tennis Courts.
Men: No. 16 Mary Washington 7, Salisbury 2
The Sea Gulls had their eyes on the program's fifth CAC championship but were unable to put a stop to Mary Washington's (20-5) streak of titles, which now stands at 15 straight.
Salisbury (13-4) remained unbeaten in the No. 1 doubles spot, with junior Daniel Albers and sophomore Eric Spangler defeating the No. 1 team in the Atlantic South region, Tyler Carey and Evan Charles for the second time this season. The Sea Gull team scored the only point in doubles play for Salisbury with an 8-6 victory.
Spangler pulled the lone singles point for the Sea Gulls from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, defeating Alex Blakhin 6-1, 6-1.
Junior Demetri Vrahnos would take the first set of the No. 3 singles match 6-1, before dropping the next two sets 6-0, 6-1.
Carey would defeat Albers in the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-1.
Both Gunther brothers would fall in the their single matches 6-0, 6-2; Shane in the No. 4 spot and Shanon in the No. 6 position.
McGaffney would fall in the No. 5 singles matchup 6-1, 6-1.
Women: No. 21 Mary Washington 8, Salisbury 1
The Salisbury (12-8) women were unable to lay claim to its third CAC title, as Mary Washington (16-7) captured its 11th-straight CAC Championship.
The Sea Gulls picked up their lone doubles point from the No. 2 spot, with the maroon and gold fighting hard to earn the victory. Juniors Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios rallied after a slow start to defeat Alex Ritter and Alina Suyama 9-8, claiming the tie breaker 8-6.
Ritter and Suyama won the first three games before the two teams split the next six for a 6-3 Eagle lead. Lutz and Youlios would roar back to take three of the next four games to pull within 7-6. The two teams would split the next two games before the Sea Gull duo would come back and take the tiebreaker.
It would be the lone point for the maroon and gold on the afternoon.
After defeating the No. 1 team in the Atlantic South region earlier in the season, Salisbury's top team, sophomore Natalie Savage and junior Roxanne Alban were unable to claim a point against Lindsay Raulston and Shelby Harris. Savage and Alban fell behind early, 2-1, before Raulston and Harris broke serve and held to take a 4-1 lead. The two teams would split the next two games before Raulston and Harris would take the next three games, and the match, 8-2.
Savage would face off against Raulston in the No. 1 singles match, taking the contest to a third set. After dropping the first set 6-2, the Port Murray, N.J., native would take the second set 6-4. Playing a third-set tie breaker, Raulston would best Savage 10-6 to take the match.
Alban would drop her match to Harris 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 2 singles spot. Youlios would be bested in the No. 3 singles match by Mackenzie Smith, 6-2, 6-1.
Lutz would not get a second point against Ritter, falling 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 4 spot in the lineup.
Lohn would not take a game in the No. 5 matchup, while Babo pushed her opponent before falling 6-1, 6-4 to round out singles play.