Kwedi's three setter clinches win against Washington as women's tennis claims two victories

Kwedi's three setter clinches win against Washington as women's tennis claims two victories

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team picked up a pair of wins on Friday, including the team's second Capital Athletic Conference win of the year, defeating Washington (Md.) College and St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Salisbury 5, Washington 4

The Sea Gulls took a 2-1 lead through doubles play with a pair of hard-fought wins. After the Shorewomen (7-2) took an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles, Salisbury got the next two matches.

Despite opening up a 3-0 lead at No. 2 doubles, Jordan Schaefer and Sydney Soto allowed their first break of the match, getting the Washington pair of Krista Filiopoulos and Sarah Bruno back to within 3-2. The Sea Gulls broke back for a 5-2 lead, but would see the Shorewomen cut the deficit to 6-5 before Schaefer and Soto put the match away for an 8-5 win and the Sea Gulls' first point of the day.

After dropping their first game of the day, the top pair of sophomores Annika Kezman and Julia Kwedi won the next four games to take a 4-1 lead, but a service break allowed the Shorewomen pair to get back to a 5-4 deficit, and eventually take a 7-6 lead. The match went to a tie-breaker, where the Washington pair of Julie Lazer and Rachel Martinez had a match-point opportunity, but Salisbury was able to eventually take a 9-7 win in the tie-breaker.

Salisbury got the first singles points thanks to a 6-4, 6-4 win by Soto at No. 4 before Washington got back within one on a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1.

Shannon Hickman picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 for a 4-2 lead, leaving Salisbury a point away from the match with the final three singles contests each going to a third set.

Taylor Cooper dropped her match, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 but the Sea Gulls saw Kwedi clinch the match with a 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 win at No. 2 for the deciding fifth point.

Salisbury 8, St. Mary's 1

The Sea Gulls (10-3, 2-0 CAC) jumped ahead 3-0 in the second match of the day with quick points at No. 2 doubles where Schaefer and Soto won 8-0, and at No. 1 where Kwedi and Kezman picked up an 8-2 win. The third point came in a 9-7 battle at No. 3 with Hickman and senior Sage Cole earning the win.

The teams split the first two singles matches with freshman Ariana Leggio coming up with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 before St. Mary's (6-4, 1-2 CAC) won at No. 4 with Claire Bodine taking a 6-0, 6-2 win against Marina Kaiafas.

It was all Sea Gulls from there, getting straight set wins in three of the final four matches. Soto picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 with Cole finishing moments later at No. 5 with a 6-2, 6-3 win and Kayla Allen earning a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6.

Kezman closed out the match with a three-set win at No. 1, taking a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory.

The Sea Gulls now hit the road for three-straight CAC matches, playing at Penn State University-Harrisburg and York College of Pennsylvania next Saturday, April 7, before traveling to Christopher Newport University on April 14.

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