SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams swept non-conference matches against visiting New York University on a picturesque Saturday afternoon at the outdoor courts. Salisbury's men's team, ranked No. 22 in the nation and sixth in the Atlantic South region, shut out the Violets 9-0 while the women's team, ranked ninth in the region, won 6-3.
Salisbury (2-1) made quick work on NYU (1-3), ranked 13th in the Northeast region, in the men's match. SU's No. 1 doubles team of juniors Scott Burtzlaff and Evan Thomas swept NYU's Craig Berger and Calvin Chou. Burtzlaff-Thomas did not allow a single game point in the 8-0 victory. At second doubles, freshman Daniel Barnas and sophomore Andrew Nottage fared well against Matthew Gross and Eugene Tsarevskiy with an 8-3 win. Third doubles featured sophomore David Lupinetti and junior Marcus Robinson who defeated Philip Rosenstein and Pavel Zhuravlev, 8-3.
In singles action, Nottage recorded the first win of the day with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alex Stoler. The second match to finish was Lupinetti at third singles as he defeated Jason Sacher 6-4, 6-2. The win clinched the match for the Sea Gulls but the maroon and gold did not stop there up 5-0.
Burtzlaff, ranked 25th in the Atlantic South region, won at No. 1 singles over NYU's Berger with a 6-0, 6-3 victory. Thomas did not disappoint at second singles as he beat Chou 6-4, 6-3. SU senior Sasha Felikson recorded a 6-2, 7-5 win over NYU's Zhuravlev at No. 5 singles. Barnas closed out the shutout with the only match that needed a third set. Barnas dropped the first set 4-6 to Tsarevskiy at fourth singles before the Sea Gull rallied to win the final two sets 6-2, 6-3.
Last season, Salisbury's women's team got swept by NYU but did not have any problems against the Violets (1-5), ranked 17th in their region, on the home courts. The Sea Gulls (2-0) swept the three doubles points to take a 3-0 lead into the singles competition where the two teams split the three points.
First doubles featured junior Jackie Burr and senior Anna Marie Kable against NYU's duo of Elizabeth Feldman and Liz Stachtiaris who the Sea Gulls defeated 8-3. SU juniors Rachel Iosue and Kelly Fahrner won at second doubles with an 8-4 win over Lena-Sophie Krups and Stephanie Tu. Sophomore Angela Tenaglia and senior Robyn Wendell fared well against Lisa Mijovic and Sara Joo at third doubles with an 8-1 victory.
In singles action, Burr was victorious at first singles, as she defeated Stachtiaris 6-4, 6-1. Iosue took down Stephanie Tu 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. SU dropped the third and fourth singles matches in three sets after leading 1-0. Elizabeth Feldman defeated Fahrner 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Kable fell to Mijovic 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, respectively. The Sea Gulls also dropped a point at No. 5 singles as Wendell lost to Krups 6-4, 6-4. Junior Kristen King defeated Joo 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.
The SU men's team will face North Carolina Wesleyan tomorrow (Sunday, March 8) at 11 a.m. On Friday evening, North Carolina Wesleyan defeated NYU, 5-4, here in Salisbury, Md. Salisbury's women's team will next host a match Tuesday, March 10, against Penn State-Abington at 3 p.m.