THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Salisbury University women's tennis team rebounded from a slow start but it was not enough as the Sea Gulls fell to California Lutheran University on Thursday. The loss concludes Salisbury's Spring Break trip where the Sea Gulls posted a 3-2 record.
Salisbury (6-2), ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic South region, began the contest strong as junior Jackie Burr and senior Anna Marie Kable dropped the tandem of Katherine Guimapang and Suzuye Nomura 8-2 at first doubles. Cal Lutheran (6-4), ranked No. 9 in the West region, picked up back-to-back wins in the final two doubles matches to carry a 2-1 lead into singles play. Holly Beaman and Jordan Leckness posted the first victory for the Regals on the day at No. 2 doubles with an 8-5 decision over juniors Kelly Fahrner and Rachel Iosue. The final doubles match saw Nicole Barnhart and Kim Kolibas drop sophomore Angela Tenaglia and senior Robyn Wendell 8-6 at third doubles.
The Regals increased their lead to 3-1 after a straight sets win at No. 1 singles as Nomura defeated Burr 6-3, 6-2. The Sea Gulls battled back to tie the game at 3-3. Iosue got things started with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Leckness at No. 2 singles. Kable followed with a come from behind three set win over Kolibas as she won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. It would prove to be as close as the Sea Gulls would get as Cal Lutheran won two of the final three matches to secure the victory. Barnhart won a highly contested match over Fahrner 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 at No. 3 singles. Cal Lutheran's Holly Beaman defeated Wendell 6-1, 7-6 at No. 5 singles. The final match of the day saw junior Kristen King take down Guimapang 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
The Sea Gulls will take a week off before beginning their Capital Athletic Conference season next weekend. Salisbury will play four conference matches in two days. The Sea Gulls will travel to Wesley College on Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m. then return home that afternoon to host York (Pa.) College at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Sea Gulls hit the road and will face Hood College and Stevenson University at their respective venues.