SU tennis win streaks snapped by nationally ranked TCNJ

SU tennis win streaks snapped by nationally ranked TCNJ

EWING, N.J. - The No. 1 women's doubles team of Jackie Burr and Anna Marie Kable defeated the nationally ranked duo of Christina Contrafatto and Jackie Shtemberg, ranked No. 23 in the country and third in the Northeast region, 8-6. That was the bright spot for the Salisbury University women's tennis team as it dropped a 7-2 decision to No. 27 The College of New Jersey. The loss ended the Sea Gulls' 11-match winning streak as SU got scored on for the first time in five matches.

Salisbury's men's team (14-2), ranked No. 12 in the country, lost its second match of the season as No. 20 TCNJ won by the same 7-2 score. This is first loss for the Sea Gulls since Spring Break when they dropped a match to No. 11 Bowdoin College, 6-3.

The SU women's team (12-3) took an early 1-0 led on the impressive upset by Burr and Kable. TCNJ (10-5) charged right back and won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles 9-8 and 8-2, respectively. The Gulls lost at No. 1 and No. 2 singles by identical 6-1, 6-1 scores. Sophomore Rachel Iosue recorded the only point for SU in singles as she posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles. Iosue is now 10-3 on the season and 7-3 at No. 3 singles.

The SU men's team got swept at doubles by TCNJ (7-3) which put them in an early deficit, 3-0. Senior Brendan Kincaid, who is ranked No. 13 in the Atlantic South region, rebounded from his first loss of the season at No. 1 singles earlier in the week with a 6-4, 6-3 win against TCNJ's Mike Klimchak, who is ranked No. 4 in the Northeast region. Sophomore Scott Burtzlaff got the only other point for the Sea Gulls as he beat Jeremy Eckardt 6-4, 6-3 to improve to 13-3 overall and 8-1 at No. 3 singles. 

Salisbury won't have time to dwell on the losses as they will turn right around and play matches on Sunday afternoon on the road. The men's team will travel to Haverford, Pa., to take on Haverford College at 1 p.m. The women's team will conclude their Capital Athletic Conference schedule with a match at No. 7 University of Mary Washington which is set to begin at 4 p.m. Both Salisbury and Mary Washington are currently undefeated in conference play.

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