SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team picked up its first win against Division III competition on Friday evening, taking down Juniata College, 8-1, in the Salisbury University Indoor Tennis Center.
At No. 3 doubles, senior Sam Babo and sophomore Claudia Lohn battled to an 8-3 win, giving Salisbury its second point. The Salisbury team grabbed a 1-0 lead on Lohn's serve, but the Eagle pair of Mitsuki Koh and Samantha Hendricks would break Babo's serve for a 2-1 lead. Lohn held and Salisbury would break back, retaking a 3-2 lead and the Sea Gull pair continued on for the win, never trailing again, winning the final five games.
Senior Katie Youlios and junior Natalie Savage would come up with the Sea Gulls' final doubles point, for a 3-0 lead, capturing the top doubles contest, 8-3, over Heather Waring and Rachel Yurchisin. The Sea Gull pair worked for their point, playing a number of long games along the way.
Salisbury would capture the match through the first two singles points contested, as Lohn was too much for Katharine Conklin at No. 3, racing to a 6-0 win in the first set, before finishing the match with a 6-2 win in the second.
After dropping the first game of her top-seeded singles match, Savage won the next 12 games to take a 6-1, 6-0 win, sealing the match for Salisbury.
Youlios battled to a 6-2 win in the first set before picking up a 6-1 victory in the second at No. 2 singles, while Soderlund and Lutz each won in straight sets.
Down 4-3 in the first set, Soderlund rallied for a 6-4 win, before collecting a 6-3 win in the second set at No. 4, while Lutz won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5.
Freshman Charlotte Walker suffered a 6-4, 6-2 defeat at No. 6 in the final match of the day.
The Sea Gulls will take just one day off before returning to the courts, hosting Bridgewater (Va.) College on Sunday morning. That match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., at the Indoor Tennis Center.