SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team grabbed a 6-3 victory against Washington (Md.) College on Saturday afternoon at the SU Tennis Courts, moving its winning streak to five.
The opening point came off the No. 1 doubles match between two regional-ranked duos. The No. 9-ranked pairing of senior Katie Youlios and junior Natalie Savage took on the No. 14 duo of April Weaver and Marielle McIntyre, battling to an 8-1 decision for the Gulls.
Salisbury (11-4) wouldn't slow down there, continuing the sweep of doubles play with an 8-4 victory for sophomore Claudia Lohn and freshman Charlotte Walker at No. 2 and an 8-6 final at No. 3 for senior Allison Lutz and freshman Megan Soderlund.
Taking a 3-0 advantage into singles play, it didn't take the Gulls long to seal up the match with the No. 6 and No. 2 spots taking their matches rather quickly. At No. 6, Walker only dropped one game through the match to take a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Blair King. Youlios coasted through her first set like Walker, 6-0, and finished it off in the second set, 6-3, to claim the win at No. 2 and the 5-0 advantage for the match.
The Shorewomen collected the next three singles matches, earning a straight-set win at No. 5, but needed tiebreakers at No. 3 and 4. Lohn, at No. 3, battled back in the second set for a 6-4 victory against Julie Lazer after dropping the first set, forcing a tiebreaker. Going back-and-forth, Lazer would claim it 10-7. At No. 4, Soderlund earned the first set, 6-4, before being pushed to a tiebreaker and falling 10-6 in that decision.
The No. 1 matchup of Savage and Weaver capped off the day for the women, seeing a very exciting first set. Trading games several times, a tiebreaker was needed with Savage eventually earning the set 7-6 after a 7-5 breaker. Taking that momentum into the second set, the senior took complete control for a 6-0 set and the victory.
The women are back in action on Wednesday, April 8, as they travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia for a Capital Athletic Conference tilt against the University of Mary Washington. Doubles play is set to begin at 4 p.m.