SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team earned a first-round bye in the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference tournament by splitting a pair of CAC contests on Friday at the SU Tennis Courts, falling to No. 18 University of Mary Washington before defeating Southern Virginia University.
Mary Washington 8, Salisbury 1
Salisbury's lone point in the match came from the No. 2 doubles pair of Sydney Soto and Jordan Schaefer, earning an 8-3 win. The Eagles (15-4, 7-0 CAC) won the remaining two doubles points as Salisbury's Annika Kezman and Julia Kwedi dropped their No. 1 match, 8-3, while Taylor Cooper and Sage Cole fell at No. 3 by an 8-1 score.
The Eagles were able to claim the six singles matches in straight sets. Shannon Hickman had one of the closest matches for the Sea Gulls, falling at No. 6 by a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 score while Kezman, Kwedi, and Soto each won five games in their matches. Kezman fell at No. 1, by a 6-3, 6-2 score, Kwedi lost 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2 and Soto took at 6-1, 6-4 loss at No. 4.
Cooper dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 3 and Schaefer lost at No. 5 by a 6-3, 6-1 score to round out the match.
Salisbury 7, Southern Virginia 2
In Salisbury's final CAC regular season match, the Sea Gulls (13-6, 5-2 CAC) swept the three doubles matches, getting an 8-2 win from Cooper and Cole at No. 2 with Hickman and Ariana Leggio winning at No. 3 with a 9-7 decision. Soto and Schaefer won at No. 1 with a 9-8 (9-7) victory.
Salisbury's four singles wins came in straight sets with Kayla Allen earning a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 before Cole earned a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 4. The deciding point came from Soto at No. 2, picking up a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Kezman won at No. 1 by a 6-4, 6-4 score for the Sea Gulls' final point with the Knights (13-6, 2-4 CAC) getting points in the final two matches on court. Leggio fell at No. 3, by a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 score and Marina Kaiafas dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) contest at No. 5.
The two matches started a busy weekend as the Sea Gulls wrap up the regular season. Salisbury will host State University of New York at Oneonta on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., before battling Harford Community College on Sunday.