SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis programs picked up their 10th victories of the 2009 season on Thursday with a clean sweep of Virginia Wesleyan College. The home non-conference matches were held on the SU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The SU women's team (10-2), ranked ninth in the Atlantic South region, earned its fifth shutout this season. The Sea Gulls jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after doubles play before SU swept the singles' pairings. Juniors Jackie Burr (No. 1 singles), Rachel Iosue (No. 2 singles) and Kelly Fahrner (No. 3 singles) secured the top three singles' points. Seniors Anna Marie Kable (No. 4 singles) and Robyn Wendell (No. 5 singles) won easily in straight sets. Junior Kristen King won by default at No. 6 singles as the Marlins (7-2) did not have a player available.
SU coach Randy Halfpap was able to start several young players against the Marlins (0-10) on the men's side as the Sea Gulls (10-4), ranked seventh in the region, made quick work of VWC. The Gulls jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles as the maroon and gold posted two 8-0 victories against the Marlins. Salisbury won all its singles matches in straight sets. SU received wins at singles from freshman Daniel Barnas (No. 1 singles), sophomore Giorgio Athans (No. 2 singles), junior Marcus Robinson (No. 3 singles), freshman Curtis Quandt (No. 4 singles), freshman Justin Smith (No. 5 singles) and sophomore Matt Copeland (No. 6 singles).
The SU men will now turn their sights to Saturday's highly anticipated home showdown with Capital Athletic Conference powerhouse University of Mary Washington, who enters ranked No. 16 in the nation. SU and UMW will begin play at 1 p.m. Salisbury's women's team will host Muhlenberg College on Sunday, April 5, at 11 a.m.