DOVER, Del. - Salisbury University tennis coach Randy Halfpap won his 100th women's tennis match at his Alma Mater on Thursday afternoon on the road against Wesley College. The Sea Gulls completed their Capital Athletic Conference regular-season schedule with a 9-0 shutout against the winless Wolverines. The victory assures the Sea Gulls of the second-seed in next week's CAC tournament and gives the maroon and gold a first round bye.
The victory gives Halfpap a women's tennis career record of 100-60 in 10 seasons. Halfpap has guided Salisbury's women's tennis program to two CAC championships (2002, '03) and four NCAA tournament appearances (2001, '02, '03, '04) during his tenure. In the past three seasons, Halfpap has led the Sea Gulls to the CAC championship match against perennial power University of Mary Washington. He has been named CAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year three times (2000, '02, '03) and has a cumulative 32-8 record in CAC play. Halfpap (Class of 1997) was a member of two CAC championship teams (1996, '97) during his playing career at SU. Halfpap currently sports a 96-80 SU men's tennis career record.
"Any milestone is pretty special especially reaching 100 wins here at my Alma Mater," said Halfpap. "This accomplishment is great for our program because it means our program has been successful over the year. This is where I want to spend the rest of my career."
Salisbury (12-4, 5-1 CAC), ranked No. 10 in the Atlantic South region, set the tone early against Wesley (0-7, 0-6 CAC). The Sea Gulls picked up three quick points at doubles. Senior Lauren Bakker and junior Jackie Burr teamed up to win 8-1 at first doubles over Wesley's duo of Rebecca Pennington and Marina Palma. The next point to be earned for SU came from third doubles as sophomore Julia Glanz and freshman Amy Worthington won 8-1 over Julia Wright and Taylor Blackiston. The final doubles point came from sophomore Angela Tenaglia and freshman Alix Royston at No. 2 doubles. The Sea Gull pair beat Wesley's Tara Spillane and Kori Isken, 8-1.
The Sea Gulls led 3-0 as the teams went into singles play. SU recorded straight set wins in all six singles pairings. Bakker (No. 6 singles) and Royston (No. 3 singles) did not surrender a point as they won 6-0, 6-0 over their Wolverine counterparts. Burr (No. 1 singles) and Glanz (No. 4 singles) allowed one point as they won 6-1, 6-0. The final two points came from Worthington (No. 5 singles) who won 6-2, 6-1 over Wright and Tenaglia (No. 2 singles) over Isken 6-3, 6-3.
SU is next at home tomorrow (Friday, April 17) against Eastern Shore rival Washington (Md.) College in a men's and women's tennis match doubleheader at the SU Outdoor Tennis Courts.