FREDERICK, Md. - The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis team braved the elements on a rain soaked Sunday as the Sea Gulls swept Capital Athletic Conference doubleheaders against Hood College and Stevenson University. The two teams split up their days as one began in Frederick, Md., against Hood while the other was in Owings Mills, Md., to take on Stevenson.
On the men's side, Salisbury (9-4, 3-0 CAC) won back-to-back 9-0 shutouts over Stevenson and Hood College after the teams waited out rain delays and took the time to squeegee and dry the courts.
The Sea Gulls, ranked No. 7 in the Atlantic South region, made quick work of Stevenson (2-4, 2-2 CAC) to begin the day. No. 1 and No. 2 doubles picked up easy wins with 8-1 victories while the third doubles pairing won 8-6 to give SU all three doubles points. The Gulls won all six singles' points, using pro set scoring, as they only dropped 12 sets against the Mustangs. No. 1 and No. 2 singles posted 8-0 shutout victories. SU won the last four singles' points with scores of 8-1, 8-3, 8-3 and 8-5 to finish the first match.
In the second match against Hood (3-11, 1-2 CAC) the Sea Gulls spent over five hours before the match working to help make conditions playable but it did not faze them as they picked up their sixth consecutive victory. Salisbury started the contest off in great fashion with three consecutive victories in doubles. Sophomore David Lupinetti and junior Marcus Robinson posted an 8-4 victory over Mike Hardman and Carter Reitman at No. 1 doubles. At second doubles, sophomore Giorgio Athans and freshman Curtis Quandt teamed up to drop David Blowe and Andrew Blowe, 8-1. Sophomore Matt Copeland and freshman Justin Smith played at No. 3 doubles and pinned an 8-2 decision over Garrett Loomer and Kenny Smith.
The Sea Gulls won all six singles matches in straight sets. Lupinetti posted the first straight set shutout of the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over David Blowe at No. 1 singles. Robinson collected a 6-3, 6-1 win over Reitman at No. 2 singles while Athans won 7-5, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Quandt posted the second straight set shutout of singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over Andrew Blowe. Smith dropped Phil Yerby 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles while Copeland finished off the shutout with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Loomer at No. 6 singles.
Salisbury was equally as impressive on the women's side as the Sea Gulls defeated Hood 6-1 to pick up their second CAC victory of the season. The Sea Gulls had their action cancelled at No. 1 and No. 3 singles due to rain. Junior Jackie Burr and senior Anna Marie Kable defeated Caitlin Erickson and Laura Saad, 8-0 at first doubles, while junior Kristen King and senior Robyn Wendell defeated Dani Hunt and C. Ocampos-Berry 8-2 at second doubles. SU's tandem of sophomore Julia Glanz and freshman Alix Royston finished off the Blazers at No. 3 doubles with an 8-5 victory over Jillian Elkaim and Larisa Buriak. In singles action, Kable won 8-4 over Ocampos-Berry at No. 2 singles, King won 8-0 over Saad at No. 4 singles and Glanz won 8-1 over Hunt at No. 5 singles. The Blazers only victory came at No. 6 singles when Erickson defeated freshman Amy Worthington 8-2.
In the second match against the Mustangs, Salisbury and Stevenson were forced to find shelter and use an indoor tennis facility for an hour to complete the match. The doubles pairings won 8-1, 8-3 and 8-0. In singles play, the teams used pro set scoring once more as Burr defeated Maura Bernstein 8-0 and Glanz posted an 8-3 victory over Izzy Kaiser to clinch the match for the Sea Gulls.
The men's and women's tennis programs were slated to travel to St. Mary's (Md.) College for a twinbill on Wednesday, April 1, but those matches have been moved to Monday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m.