FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men’s and women’s tennis teams hit the road on Wednesday afternoon for an in-conference match-up against the University of Mary Washington. Despite the Sea Gulls’ success in doubles play, both teams fell to the Eagles. The loss marks the womens' first of the season.
On the men’s side (11-5, 4-1 Capital Athletic Conference), the No. 26-ranked Eagles took a 7-2 victory over the No. 14-ranked maroon and gold. Seniors Scott Burtzlaff (Clarksville, Md.), the reigning CAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, and Evan Thomas (Salisbury, Md.) teamed up at No. 1 doubles to take a convincing 8-5 victory. The mens’ other win of the day, also in doubles play, was more of a nail biter but sophomore Daniel Barnas (La Plata, Md.) and junior Andrew Nottage (Huntingtown, Md.) were able to capture the 9-8 victory in the No. 2 spot. The final score is certainly not an indicator of effort, as three of the Sea Gulls’ six singles matches went to three sets before the Eagles were able to capitalize.
The women’s team (10-1, 4-1 CAC) fell 8-1 to No. 16 Mary Washington. The No. 1 doubles team comprised of freshman Jillian Poppe (Califon, N.J.), who was named CAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week back on March 30, and senior Jackie Burr (Dover, Del.) earned a solid 8-5 victory.
Regardless of the losses, the Sea Gulls are still a force to be reckoned with in the CAC – both the men and women were previously undefeated prior to today’s matches. Salisbury will look to close out regular-season conference play on a high note as the Gulls travel to face Wesley College on April 13 at 3 p.m. Before that, though, the maroon and gold will face two competitors on the road, starting with Johns Hopkins University on April 10 at 3 p.m.