Sea Gulls wrap up play in California, migrate back to Eastern Shore

Sea Gulls wrap up play in California, migrate back to Eastern Shore

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Salisbury University men's and women's tennis teams wrapped up their trip to the Golden State on Thursday evening. The men squared off against 30th-ranked Whittier College, suffering a 7-2 loss, while the women defeated the University of La Verne by a score of 8-1.

Senior Andrew Nottage and junior Daniel Barnas continued their success at No. 1 doubles, earning one of two Salisbury match victories with an 8-4 win. The other Sea Gull individual match victory of the day came off the racquet of sophomore Henry Stuhler, who earned a "W" at No. 5 singles with scores of 7-6 (8-6) and 6-1.

The women's team (5-1, 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference) wrapped up its trip with a resounding 8-1 victory against La Verne, going 2-1 throughout its Spring Break trip. The Sea Gulls swept the doubles matches with scores of 8-2 in each. Five different players earned singles wins, led by sophomore Rachel Lupinetti, who won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6. Freshman Jessica Babyak was nearly as strong at No. 5 singles, winning 6-0, 6-2. Sophomores Jillian Poppe, Elaina Iosue and senior Angela Tenaglia won at the top three singles spots.

Both the men (6-3, 2-0 CAC) and women will play their next matches at home. The women's squad will square off against Virginia Wesleyan College on March 30 at 3 p.m. The men's team is set to face Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on April 1; matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

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