NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Salisbury University women's tennis team closed out its regular-season schedule with a huge win over Christopher Newport University in a match against two Atlantic South region ranked teams. The Sea Gulls started strong and finished with a 6-3 road win to hand the Captains their second loss of the season on Tuesday.
Salisbury (15-4), the region's No. 13 team, were able to upset Christopher Newport (18-2), ranked No. 11 in the region, with a balanced performance from the entire team. The Atlantic South Region's No. 7 doubles team of junior Anna Marie Kable and sophomore Jackie Burr earned a tough 8-6 victory over the region's No. 15 team Stefanie Leblang and Lindsey Pantele, to set the stage for SU. The Gulls went on to claim a 2-1 advantage at the conclusion of doubles play as sophomores Kelly Fahrner and Rachel Iosue earned an 8-3 win in match No. 3.
The Sea Gulls won four of the six singles matches to claim their 15th victory of the season which the highest win total for SU under the guidance of coach Randy Halfpap. In 2002, the Sea Gulls were 14-4. Last season, the Gulls were 13-8.
Iosue had a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory at third singles while junior Robyn Wendell battled to a hard earned point at fourth singles. Wendell won 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2 to beat Lisa Dyke. Burr and junior Hannah Parsons finished out singles play with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Burr won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 while Parsons won 7-5, 6-0.
CNU earned points at first and second singles. Pantele defeated Kable 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles while Frannie Shivar beat Fahrner 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
Salisbury will return to the courts tomorrow (Thursday, April 17) in the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament against St. Mary's (Md.) College at 3:30 p.m.