Women's tennis heads to Christopher Newport for CAC semifinal match

Women's tennis heads to Christopher Newport for CAC semifinal match

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's tennis team begins play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday, traveling to No. 24 Christopher Newport University, with the semifinal match beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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How We Got Here

The Sea Gulls earned the third seed in the tournament and a first-round bye thanks to a 5-2 record in CAC play this season. Salisbury went 15-6 in the regular season, including a 5-2 mark away from home. The Sea Gulls closed the regular season by winning its final three matches.

How They Got Here

The Captains posted a 6-1 record in CAC play to land the No. 2 seed entering the CAC tournament, which comes with a first-round bye. Christopher Newport was 12-5 overall with an unblemished 4-0 mark at home.

Scouting The Captains

The Captains are ranked No. 7 in the Atlantic South Region and feature one of the top singles players and doubles teams in the region. Johanna Ranta-Aho is currently sixth in the region in singles play, bringing a 14-3 overall record and 7-0 CAC mark into Tuesday's match. Alexandra Drye and McKinney Harwood went 7-8 in the regular season in doubles play, but currently stand as the No. 11-ranked pair in the region.

Last Time We Met

The teams met in Newport News, Virginia less than three weeks ago on April 14, with Christopher Newport holding off Salisbury for a 6-3 victory. Salisbury picked up one point in doubles play, where Julia Kwedi and Annika Kezman took the No. 1 doubles match 8-6. In singles, Kwedi and Sydney Soto each claimed a point while two other singles contests went to three sets.

Ranked In The Region

The Sea Gulls are covered in the Atlantic South rankings, as well, with a spot in both the singles and doubles rankings individually while the team sits at No. 13. Kwedi and Kezman currently stand at No. 13 in doubles play while Kezman is the No. 13-ranked player in singles play.

Up Next

The winner of Tuesday's semifinal match will advance to the CAC championship match this weekend against the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded University of Mary Washington and fourth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania.

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