LA VERNE, Calif. - The Salisbury University women's tennis team started off their Spring Break trip with a pair of victories on Monday in California. The Sea Gulls (5-0) defeated University of La Verne 8-1 and Whittier College 9-0.
In the day's first match against La Verne, the Gulls got off to a quick 3-0 start after doubles play. No. 2 doubles pair of Kelly Fahrner and Rachel Iosue won against Megan Dean and Samantha Melero 8-4. At third doubles Angela Tenaglia and Robyn Wendell won 8-2 over Jennifer Baca and Claudia Chavez. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Jackie Burr and Anna Marie Kable defeated Nicole Harden and Rebecca Rodriquez 9-8 (7-5) in a tough match. In singles action, Burr conceded the first match at No. 1 singles to Harden as the Leopards (1-8) earned their only point. Iosue defeated Rodriquez 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 while Fahrner notched another victory for the Gulls at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dean. Kable had the most impressive victory of the match shutting out Melero 6-0, 6-0. Wendell was the victor against Baca 6-1, 6-3. Kristen King won at No. 6 over Vanessa Vasquez 6-0, 6-1 to close the match out and give the Gulls the 8-1 victory.
Later in the day, the Sea Gulls traveled to Whittier College to face the winless Poets (0-8). Once again the doubles pairs set the early tone for the maroon and gold as SU led 3-0. Burr-Kable defeated Rachel Aelian-Moss and Madison Stern 8-2 at first doubles. At No. 2 and No. 3 doubles the Gulls had pair of shutouts as Fahrner-Iosue and Tenaglia-Wendell won 8-0. In singles action, the Gulls won in straight sets in all six matches. Burr defeated Aelian-Moss 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Iosue shut out Stern 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Fahrner took down Maryrose Vigorita 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles while Wendell beat Katie Davidson 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4. King picked up the fourth shutout of the match for the Gulls at No. 5 over Brenda Santana 6-0, 6-0. Tenaglia capped the day off with a singles victory of her own at No. 6 against Hannah Whitehurst 6-1, 6-2.
SU will take on No. 20 Sewanee - University of the South on Tuesday, March 17, at 1 p.m. in Claremont, Calif.