March 3, 2013

Women's tennis notches 7-2 victory over Methodist

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Salisbury University women's tennis team defeated Methodist University, 7-2, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference, neutral-site match, played at Virginia Wesleyan College.

The Sea Gulls, ranked No. 16 in the Atlantic South Region, got off to a soaring start with two wins in doubles play. Senior Jillian Poppe and fresman Natalie Savage, ranked No. 4 in the region, scored a win a No. 1 doubles over Katherine Meindl and Laura Baker 8-3, while the No. 2 pair of senior Elaina Iosue and sophomore Roxanne Alban continued the push, defeating Hillary Petruska and Isabella Graf, 8-5.

The Sea Gulls (1-2) fell in the No. 3 doubles match as the Monarch duo of Rachel Purser and Emily Talley downed the pair of sophomores Katie Youlios and Allison Lutz, 8-4.

The Sea Gulls continued their tear in singles action as the maroon and gold captured the top four matches.

Poppe defeated Meindl 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1, and Iosue took care of Graf 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 3 singles spot.

At No. 4, Alban overwhelmed the Monarchs' Kelli Shelton in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Victoria Handlin also controlled her opponent at No. 6 singles, defeating Petruska 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 2 singles, Savage overcame a tough challenge in the first set from Baker as the pair battled to a tiebreaker which Savage won 7-1. In the second set, Savage edged Baker 6-4 to earn the point for the Gulls.

The Monarchs (1-2), ranked No. 10 in the region, netted their second point of the contest at No. 5 as Purser edged Youlios in three sets 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 10-5.

The Sea Gulls will be in action this coming Saturday, March 9, when they return Virginia Wesleyan to take on the Marlins. The match is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m.

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