SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team begins play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday afternoon, traveling to No. 32 Christopher Newport University for a semifinal match beginning at 4 p.m.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 5-2 in CAC regular-season play this year to finish in third place in the conference. The Sea Gulls have won two of their last three matches entering Tuesday's contest. Salisbury has gone 13-5 thus far in 2016, which marks the 10th-consecutive year with 10 or more wins.
How they got here
The Captains were 6-1 in league play during the regular season this year to nab the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament. Christopher Newport has gone 13-6 overall heading into their regular season finale on Monday against Washington and Lee University.
Last time we met
Christopher Newport earned the win earlier this year in Newport News, Virginia, by a 7-2 score on February 14. The match was the first CAC contest of the year for each team and just the third dual match of the season for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury earned its two points in the top two singles matches, with senior Natalie Savage winning at No. 1 by a 6-4, 6-4 score and No. 2 Zoe Moffat winning 6-0, 6-3.
Salisbury looks to snap a three-match skid against the Captains in the semifinal match, with Christopher Newport claiming four of the last five meetings. Prior to that, the Sea Gulls had won five-straight matches, dating back to 2001.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport has been in the national rankings all season, climbing to their highest spot last week at No. 32. Sophomore McKinney Harwood leads the Captains this season at the No. 1 singles and doubles spots. She is ranked No. 17 in the Atlantic South Region in singles play with a 6-5 record and No. 7 in doubles with partner Katie Carlson, as the duo carries a 12-6 record in dual-match play.
Climbing to the top of the list
Savage has made her way to the top of Salisbury's career lists in both singles and doubles victories this year. She currently holds 56 career singles wins, which is seven clear of second-place Elaina Iosue (2010-13) and she has 60 doubles victories, five ahead of second-place Katie Youlios (2011-14). Savage's 19 singles wins during her sophomore campaign in 2013, still stand as the highest single-season number in program history.
The winner of Tuesday's match will advance to the CAC title contest on Friday, April 22, against the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded University of Mary Washington and fifth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania.