SALISBURY, Md. - In a rematch of last year's Capital Athletic Conference championship, the Salisbury University women's tennis team dropped a 9-0 decision to No. 10 University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon at the SU Indoor Tennis Center. The teams were both undefeated in conference play before the match.
Salisbury (10-4, 3-1 CAC), ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic South Region, fell behind early in the match to Mary Washington (14-7, 5-0 CAC) as the Sea Gulls were swept in doubles. The No. 1 doubles team of junior Jackie Burr and senior Anna Marie Kable fell into an early rut to Rebecca Morse-Karzen and Katherine Malpeli and were never able to regain the lead. The powerful serves of Malpeli proved to be too much for the tandem as they fell 8-2. Senior Robyn Wendell and sophomore Angela Tenaglia fell 8-2 to Amy Sheetz and Jocelyn Lewis at No. 3 doubles while at second doubles, juniors Rachel Iosue and Kelly Fahrner were tagged with their third loss of the season after being nipped by Katie Schafer and Courtney Giomarac, 8-5.
UMW, ranked No. 4 in Atlantic South Region, continued to build on its lead in singles play. At No. 1 singles, Burr squared off with Morse-Karzen. The tandem was tied at two all in the first set before Morse-Karzen scored three consecutive points to take victory in the set. Morse-Karzen jumped to an early advantage in the second set and would never look back as she took the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Fahrner led early over Schafer in both sets but could not keep it as she fell 6-4, 6-4.
In the closest match of the day, Iosue hooked up with Goimarac at No. 2 singles. Goimarac's powerful forehands proved to be too much as the Eagles would take the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The battle, which took almost three hours, resulted in Iosue's first loss of the year. The Eagles finished out the afternoon with three more victories. At No. 4 singles, Kable was unable to get things going as she fell 6-0, 6-2 to Malpeli. At No. 5 singles, Wendell lost 6-1, 6-0 to Amy Sheetz while at No. 6 singles Tenaglia dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Michelle Meadows.
The Sea Gulls will look to get back to their winning ways on Monday, April 13, when they travel to CAC foe St. Mary's (Md.) College at 3:30 p.m.