SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's tennis team will have another opportunity to dethrone University of Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference championship this week. The second-seed Sea Gulls advanced to the conference title match on Tuesday as Salisbury breezed past third-seed York (Pa.) College, 8-1, at the SU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
Salisbury (14-4), ranked 10th in the Atlantic South region, swept doubles play and posted a 5-1 score during singles competition. The match represented the final home contest for Salisbury's three seniors; Anna Marie Kable, Robyn Wendell and Lauren Bakker. All three started at singles and Kable and Wendell picked up wins in doubles and singles action.
SU began its strong day with a 3-0 lead at the end of doubles play over the Spartans (5-11). The junior duo of Kelly Fahrner and Rachel Iosue began the competition with an 8-0 shutout over York's Heidi Acker and Keturah Buchanan. They were followed by the team of junior Jackie Burr and Kable who defeated Katelyn Acker and Paige Doutrich, 8-2. Sophomore Angela Tenaglia and Wendell rounded out doubles competition as they doubled up the York duo of Megan Logan and Stephanie Nelson, 8-4.
The Sea Gulls continued their strong play in singles competition as they won five of their six matches. Kable started of singles play with a win over Heidi Acker in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 at third singles. Fahrner's victory over Doutrich 6-1, 6-1 at second singles clinched the match for the Sea Gulls. The Gulls continued their dominance with three more wins. Wendell defeated Logan 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles, Tenaglia was victorious over Nelson 6-0, 6-1 at fifth singles and Iosue won Salisbury's eighth point of the day with a win over Katelyn Acker 6-1, 6-1 at first singles. The Sea Gulls lone loss came in the last singles match of the day when York College's Samantha Brenner defeated Bakker 6-3, 3-6, 13-11 as the Spartan won the match in a super tiebreaker.
Salisbury last won the CAC Women's Tennis Championship in 2003. The Sea Gulls have two conference crowns to their credit (2002, '03). Mary Washington, ranked No. 10 in the nation and fifth in the region, has won the past five conference titles. The Eagles have won 16 total conference titles since 1991. The championship match is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.