No. 10 Eagles soar past Sea Gulls in CAC women's tennis championship

No. 10 Eagles soar past Sea Gulls in CAC women's tennis championship

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Salisbury University women's tennis program was swept by rival University of Mary Washington in the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference championship match 9-0 on the road Friday afternoon. This is the sixth consecutive CAC championship for Mary Washington and the 17th overall in program history.

Mary Washington (17-7), ranked No. 10 in the nation and fifth in the Atlantic South region, will receive an automatic berth into next month's NCAA Division III tournament. Salisbury, ranked 10th in the region, concludes the season with a 14-5 record. SU last won the CAC women's tennis championship in 2003.

At first doubles, Salisbury's regionally ranked No. 11 team of senior Anna Marie Kable and junior Jackie Burr were defeated 8-2 by the third-ranked team of Becky Morse-Karzen and Kate Malpeli. Burr and Kable finish the season 14-3 at first doubles. The SU second doubles team of juniors Kelly Fahrner and Rachel Iosue lost their fourth match of the season to UMW's Courtney Goimarac and Katie Schafer, ranked 14th in the region, 8-3. At third doubles, senior Robyn Wendell and sophomore Angela Tenaglia were swept by Jocelyn Lewis and Amy Sheetz, 8-0.

SU entered singles play down 3-0, a similar position the Sea Gulls faced against the Eagles during the regular-season as UMW blanked SU 9-0.

The singles match to finish came at fourth between Kable and Malpeli as UMW won 6-0, 6-0. Fahrner was not able to get things moving at third singles as Schafer won 6-2, 6-2. That point clinched the conference championship for the Eagles. Burr, ranked 17th in the region, had a tough draw against Morse-Karzen, ranked fifth in the region, as she lost the first set 6-2 and was forced to retire down 2-1 in the second set. Iosue, ranked 23rd in the region at singles, was unsuccessful at second singles as she fell to Goimarac, ranked 15th in the region, by the score of 7-5, 6-2. UMW closed out the match with wins at fifth and sixth singles. Sheetz beat Wendell (fifth singles) and Michelle Meadows beat Tenaglia (sixth singles) by the identical 6-3, 6-2 score.

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